live within (one's) means

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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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Now, being unable to live within one's means is not unusual.
In other words, it's as simple as learning to live within one's means.
Lazaretto'' ends with "Want and Able,'' a musical parable about the internal conflict between unfulfilled desires and being able to live within one's means.
I strongly believe that the government should incorporate of moral education on how to combat corruption in the school curriculum while teaching them how to live within one's means.
It requires a discipline and commitment to live within one's means.
Mrs Thatcher's philosophy was to live within one's means.