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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!
See also: beer, budget, on, taste

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 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

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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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

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With its short chapters, Total Business Budgeting condenses a formal, in-depth budgeting textbook for the busy executive or the budget director looking to expand and improve the budgeting process.
A truly effective capital budgeting plan would do what states and companies still quiver to do: aggressively make distinctions between things that truly contribute to the nation's resources-like lowering class size to help disadvantaged kids learn to read-and those whose value ends on the ledger.
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Because budget management is front and center in every healthcare organization's effort to safeguard its financial health, Siemens' new DSS release was designed to help healthcare providers improve budgeting workflow and drive more efficient operations.
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From the major buckets of the bucket, to the personnel to engage in the process; from the importance of reviewing and approving the budget to the essentiality of monitoring cash flow, this report takes readers across the entire budgeting landscape specific to charitable organizations, covering the important, while highlighting the essentials.