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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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.
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan hopes Rangers' plight will act as a warning to other Scottish clubs to live within their means.
Judge Rhys Rowlands told her: "It may be old-fashioned but if people can't afford luxuries they should wait until they'd saved enough and live within their means.
The problem today is that people do not live within their means any more, prompted as they are by the banks who have become middlemen for our money.
The regulations will force clubs to live within their means, something Villa insist they are striving to achieve, despite the backing of American owner Randy Lerner.
cent said they were able to live within their means.
There is nothing wrong in forcing clubs to live within their means.
In the meantime, it is necessary for everyone, including the government, to live within their means.
I feel that if ordinary people become more responsible and learn to live within their means, they can avoid the debt trap.
Perhaps, just perhaps, it would be a good opportunity for some to cut up those unnecessary credit cards and live within their means.
Since water is only one extra demand on my dwindling resources I have to question why all these utilities cannot attend to proper housekeeping and live within their means.
But 20 years on, 45% of former Yuppies claim they are struggling financially or failing to live within their means, according to Liverpool Victoria friendly society.
But it's important that they, like everyone else within the NHS, live within their means.
Devotions for Debtors (Galilee Trade, 2004) by Kristen Johnson Ingram features 120 meditations with scripture passages to help people live within their means.