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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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