live within (one's) means

(redirected from living within means)

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.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
He stressed the need for developing the habit of living within means among people, especilaly the company employees.
He urged upon the need to develop thankfulness amongst the public and developing the habit of living within means.
When a populace is obsessed with consumption, consumer choice rather than living within means becomes the popular dogma.
He will also have to nurture the culture of living within means, rather than enjoying extravaganzas on borrowed money.
Living within means is the theme throughout ABA's suggestions, whether it's creating and sticking to a budget, not overspending or taking advantage of student discounts and scholarships.
She explains what is really needed to be happy, illustrating the importance of loving the work; getting serious; being true to oneself; putting oneself first; having perspective, time, help, friends, and true grit; living within means to keep options open; taking credit; being the best lawyer possible; and thinking about career transitions.
Time is for all to start living within means at hand, not mortgaging the future.
"Water and land scarcity, climate change and urbanisation will make excessive lifestyles extinct not only out of necessity, but a collective outlook on living within means."
However, in the presence of alarming fiscal realities, they all agree on sticking to one of the oldest ethos that has been in existence since the dawn of civilization - living within means.
F1 isn't about being frugal and living within means, it's about fantasy.