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bare bones

1. noun The essential and most elementary parts of something; a general outline or summary. Please don't go through each line item in the budget—just give me the bare bones.
2. adjective Minimally furnished or adorned. The apartment is pretty bare bones, but rent is cheap, and I don't spend much time there, so I don't mind.
See also: bare, bone

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.
See also: budget, for

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.
See also: budget, squeeze

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!
See also: beer, budget, champagne, on, taste

fussbudget

informal One who tends to be fussy or particular, usually to an excessive or unnecessary degree. Primarily heard in US. Don't be such a fussbudget, huh? This really isn't a big deal. Of course Vanessa found some miniscule issue that no one else would have noticed. She's such a fussbudget.

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: budget, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bare bones

The mere essentials or plain, unadorned framework of something, as in This outline gives just the bare bones of the story; details will come later. This phrase transfers the naked skeleton of a body to figurative use. [c. 1900]
See also: bare, bone
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: budget, for
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
See also: budget, crunch
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.