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champagne taste on a beer budget

Expensive or extravagant tastes or preferences that are beyond one's economic means. I only earn minimum wage, but I can't stop buying designer clothes and eating at the best restaurants—I guess I've got champagne taste on a beer budget!
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shoestring budget

A budget or allotment of resources that is very meager, sparse, or just enough to suit its purpose. Unfortunately, due to government cutbacks following the recession, our department has had to produce the same levels of work on a shoestring budget. I did all sorts of traveling with just a shoestring budget when I was in college. You learn very quickly how to make the most of what you have!
See also: budget, shoestring

budget (something) for (something)

To set aside a specific amount of something, often money or time, for something else (such as an expense or task). Did you budget enough money for all of your bills this month? I was almost late to class because I didn't budget enough time for editing my paper.
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budget crunch

A financial situation in which resources are limited. We're in a real budget crunch and can't afford a setback like this right now.
See also: budget, crunch

budget dust

A small and/or inconsequential amount of money, often as remains after a larger budgeted amount is spent. To most people, $2,000 is a lot to spend on anything, but to the country's mega rich, it is merely budget dust. After paying for all of those repairs, only budget dust is left over.
See also: budget, dust

budget squeeze

A financial situation in which resources are limited. We're in a real budget squeeze and can't afford a setback like this right now.
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budget something for someone or something

to set aside a certain amount of money for someone or something. Did you budget some money for the holiday party? I budgeted a few hundred a month for Andrew's college expenses.
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budget for

v.
To set aside some amount of money for something or someone: For the party, we budgeted $1,000 for musicians and food.
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budget

mod. [of something] of low quality or cheap. Don’t you dare bring back any of that budget pizza!

budget dust

n. a minor amount of money considering the size of the entire budget; money left over at the end of the budget year. The amount is just budget dust, chump change! What’s the big deal?
See also: budget, dust

budget squeeze

and budget crunch
n. a situation where there is not enough money in the budget. Facing another budget squeeze, the legislators were forced to put off their pay increase. If it wasn’t for the budget crunch, I’d get a good raise this year.
See also: budget, squeeze

budget crunch

verb
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Commercial check volume is budgeted to decrease 0.2 percent, and unit costs are budgeted to increase 4.2 percent.
Expenses for supervision and regulation, budgeted at $261.2 million for 1992, are expected to increase $23.9 million, or 10.1 percent, over 1991.
Treasury and other government agencies are budgeted at $180.1 million, an increase of $10.6 million, or 6.2 percent, over 1991.
Employment, budgeted at 794, reflects an employment increase of 11 over actual 1991.
The salary increment in this budget, $5.1 million, is significantly less than it was in 1990, when major actions were budgeted to fully implement the new compensation program.
The Reserve Bank 1991 expense increase-both priced and nonpriced-was budgeted at 5.8 percent more than the 1990 budget.
Besides these major initiatives, it may be helpful to look at 1991 budgeted expenses on the basis of our four service lines.
Expenses for Services to Financial Institutions and the Public, which include all of the priced and some of the nonpriced services, are budgeted at $992.1 million and account for two-thirds of total expenses.
Expenses for services to financial institutions and the public, which include both priced and nonpriced services, are budgeted at $947.0 million and account for two-thirds of total expenses.
Commercial check processing is by far the largest service ($477.8 million), comprising half the budgeted expenses of this operational area and employing 5,814 persons.
Expenses for the automated clearinghouse (ACH) service are budgeted to increase $3.8 million, or 5.1 percent, with a minimal change in staffing.
Expenses associated with public programs are budgeted to increase $3.7 million, or 8.7 percent.
Expenses are budgeted to increase 4.3 percent over actual 1988.
Commercial check processing is by far the largest service ($440.1 million), comprising almost half the budgeted expenses of this service line and employing 5,478.
A staff level of 2,250 is budgeted, an increase of 41, or 1.9 percent, over 1988.