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In addition to what is needed, extra, left over, as in We paid our bills and still had money to spare. This expression uses spare in the sense of "leftover" or "unused," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
to spareleft over.
to ˈspareif you have time, money, etc. to spare, you have more than you need: I’ve got absolutely no money to spare this month. ♢ We arrived at the airport with five minutes to spare.
In addition to what is needed: We paid our bills and had money to spare.