live within (one's) means

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live within (one's) means

To go through each day, week, month, etc., without exceeding one's budget or without 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 from very early on 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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Until I read Mr Owen's letter I was afraid he'd tell me to live within my means.
I could move to the desert, Palmdale or Bakersfield and live within my means and have room for a family and a backyard.
So don't tell me I need a class on how to live within my means.