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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 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?
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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.
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budget crunch

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At the same time, CoGS approved a budget that anticipates revenues of $9.
And in addition to several budgeting and planning process improvements over the last few years, we've added a monthly re-forecasting process to keep our budget more flexible and projections more accurate.
Chances are better that your budget will be cut at some point, than that it will be increased.
For Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, the latest Democratic budget plan appeared to be a take-it-or-leave-it offer, with little room for new compromise.
Think about this example as you prepare your budget for the coming year.
He specifically suggested that a primary focus of the NIH should be to spend its budget on a cure for Alzheimer's and other chronic diseases.
Portland's total school budget for the 2002-03 school year is $360 million, down $1 million from last year.
Put differently, multi-year budgets have a greater probability of success when expenditures are easily controlled and revenue sources produce consistent yields from year to year.
A company cannot grow effectively without a well-conceived strategy and a supporting budget, yet many companies invest inordinate time, energy and financial resources to develop such plans only to change or even ignore them.
CORPORATE BUDGETING--TOP-DOWN target setting, bottom-up budgeting activities, and then top-down budget reviews and modifications--involves effort from many different groups, which makes it easy to lose the big picture view of the complete budget process.
Although no comprehensive data sources on the current fiscal position of local governments are available, information from various sources indicates that the budgets of local governments as a group have not fared as well as those of states.
The President has nonetheless signed into law FY 1996 appropriations for the entire budgets of some agencies and parts of others.
Even with balanced budgets, however, inflation and interest rates in those countries were not nearly as low as in the United States.
Such reallocation within most library budgets is a difficult process that often damages the morale of staff and reduces services to users.