live within means

live within (one's) means

To spend less or only as much money as one is earning or is able to pay in order avoid exceeding one's budget or going into debt. You need to start living within your means and avoid making so many frivolous purchases. Being so poor during college taught me how to live within my means.
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live within one's means

to spend no more money than one has. We have to struggle to live within our means, but we manage. John is unable to live within his means.
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The government should learn to live within means as Pakistan has become one of the most debt-stressed country of the world.
with country is a difficult decision to ensure there fair deal across future generations ensure the country can live within means.
Third, they have to cut government spending to live within means.