live within (one's) means(redirected from lived within my means)
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.
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.