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.
See also: live, mean, within
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: live, mean, within
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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CT, Gateshead, has given a rather convoluted reply to my simple query as to whether someone with an income (I didn't mention pay) of PS80,000 per annum would find it easier to live within their means than someone with an income of PS18,000 per annum.
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