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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.
See also: live, mean, within
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Whereas living within one's means and saving money for old age was once considered prudent conduct, nowadays risky home purchases, online currency trading, and other high-risk activities are regarded as the height of financial sophistication.
She also stresses the importance of living within one's means. Know what your income is going to be for the year and what your expenses are.
Graduate life at a vibrant, multicultural campus has further shaped his relation to sustainable living within one's means in addition to the importance of tolerance and respect when dealing with different cultures, teachings and doctrines.
Graduate life at a vibrant, multi-cultural campus has further shaped his relation to sustainable living within one's means in addition to the importance of tolerance and respect when dealing with different cultures, teachings and doctrines.
Living within one's means helps optimize the monthly lifestyle expenses.
Lose the get-rich-quick mentality and pay more attention to every day living within one's means. That, at least, would cut out the stress of spending what we haven't got and stop us getting involved with loan sharks, etc.
Living within one's means does not mean accepting Tory policy.
Living within one's means suggests that a good COGS target (depending on which market segments your business serves) is between 78% and 85% of net sales.
While the newspapers are full of stories about hedge fund managers coming home and announcing to their trophy wives that they need to stop buying organic by way of economising, and guides to actually living within one's means, this doesn't mean one should sit at home and eat toast by candlelight.
"The Handy Personal Finance Answer Book" is a guide to creating a more successful personal finance plan that understands the importance living within one's means while doing what one can to prepare for the future, managing credit cards, and much more.
Still, Obama stood firmly behind the difficult decisions that were made, emphasizing the importance of living within one's means.
Addressing debt, living within one's means, and more, "The Smartest Way to Save" is a fine recommendation for those who keep finding themselves with an empty wallet the day after payday.
Retailers, who were never quite satisfied with the record holiday seasons of recent years, are retrenching and bracing for what one TV commentator called a "potluck and Secret Santa Christmas." There's nothing like hard times to remind us of those old-fashioned values--thinking before spending, living within one's means, simple holiday celebrations.
But Scurlock exhibits a disinterest in examining the notion of personal responsibility - nobody in this film addresses the simple concept of living within one's means. Surely, any documentary about a system so mired in dysfunction would look beyond the obvious villains and into the skewed value systems that breed so many victims.