pay your/its way
pay its way
To earn or save as much money as something cost to buy or produce. The printer was a little bit more expensive than other models, but, thanks to its refillable ink tanks, it should pay its way within the first six months of using it.
pay someone's way
to pay the costs (of something) for a person. My aunt is going to pay my way to Florida—only if I take her with me!
pay its way(of an enterprise) earn enough to cover its costs.
pay your waymeet all your expenses out of your own pocket.
pay your/its (own) ˈway(of a person, group, etc.) have or make enough money to support yourself/itself: I had to work in a cafe in order to pay my way through college. ♢ Each part of the business must be able to pay its own way.
pay (one's) way
To contribute one's own share; pay for oneself.