cut (one's) coat according to (one's) cloth

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cut (one's) coat according to (one's) cloth

To shop or act in accordance with one's financial limitations. You'll go bankrupt unless you start cutting your coat according to your cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

cut one's coat according to one's cloth

 and cut one's coat to suit one's cloth
Prov. to plan one's aims and activities in line with one's resources and circumstances. We would like a bigger house, but we must cut our coat according to our cloth. They can't afford a vacation abroad—they have to cut their coat according to their cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

cut your coat according to your cloth

undertake only what you have the money or ability to do and no more. proverb
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

ˌcut your ˈcoat acˌcording to your ˈcloth

(saying) do only what you have enough money to do and no more: This has not been a good year for us financially, and we must be prepared to cut our coat according to our cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut
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"At times like this, we should cut our coat according to our cloth.
Let's make this the year when we all "live within our means", where we "cut our coat according to our cloth".
"We have got to cut our coat according to our cloth. You either have to put in significantly more resources to cope with the numbers we've got or you have to reduce the population.
Prudence demands that we cut our coat according to our cloth. And in a poor country, it should always be somewhat short.
"We had to cut our coat according to our cloth," said Alwyn Evans, Carmarthenshire's passenger transport operations manager.
But when I think about the poverty I'm sure it gave us a sense of values and we had to learn to cut our coat according to our cloth.