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live from day to day

To exist or survive within the means available to one on a single day at a time, as out of a lack of consideration of or options regarding future resources or opportunities. There are too many families who are forced to live from day to day on the tiny pittance they are given through social welfare. I had a few random jobs when I was in college so I could live from day to day.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

live from day to day

Fig. to survive on limited means one day at a time with no plans or possibilities for the future. The Simpsons just live from day to day. They never plan for the future. I can't live from day to day. I have to provide for the future.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Yes, I said, he lives from day to day indulging the appetite of the hour; and sometimes he is lapped in drink and strains of the flute; then he becomes a water-drinker, and tries to get thin; then he takes a turn at gymnastics; sometimes idling and neglecting everything, then once more living the life of a philosopher; often he-is busy with politics, and starts to his feet and says and does whatever comes into his head; and, if he is emulous of any one who is a warrior, off he is in that direction, or of men of business, once more in that.
I am a poor devil of a man of letters who lives from day to day. How can I take palaces by the year?
A man is but a beast as he lives from day to day, eating and drinking, breathing and sleeping.
Separated from her husband and supporting her six-year-old daughter, Anna lives from day to day, barely managing to survive until an American captain hires her as his translator.
The world may change from year to year, our lives from day to day but the memories we have of you, time cannot take away.) Sadly missed forever by her loving husband Johnie of 49 years, her sons Mark, Ian and Russell and their partners and her five Grandchildren.
Now he lives from day to day and sometimes less than that, giving up for a while and giving in to drink or drugs or deliberate unconsciousness.
But apart from these special events, Anthea and Peter say they live their lives from day to day.
I have never seen him cry, he just gets on with things now and lives from day to day.
( We live our lives from day to day, but nothing is the same since you went away.