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within (one's) means

Without exceeding one's budget; without going into debt or spending more money than one has. You need to start living within your means and avoid making so many frivolous purchases.
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It is prudent to make conservative estimates in planning, of course, but a conservative estimate for retirement spending should be realistic within means and not overly frugal.
The main task of NATO HQ Sarajevo will be to provide advice on defence reform, but it will also carry out ocertain operational supporting tasks, such as counter-terrorism whilst ensuring force protection; supporting the ICTY (the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague), within means and capabilities, with regard to the detention of persons indicted for war crimes; and intelligence sharing with the EUo.
Underlying the physical workplace--and exerting a powerful influence on it--is an emotional playing field that I call "the workplace within." Effectively managing the workplace within means not fearing or resisting change and challenges, but empowering management and employees with the necessary skills to effectively manage life changes.
According to the authors, in common settlement requirements are dependent on optimizing certain basic needs and desires within means and budget, pedestrian access to landscape, proximity to basic services and convenience to place of work.
His prescription (spend within means, modernize selectively and affordably, work hard on refining technical systems and logistics, and remain interoperable through shared doctrines and communications systems) on the problems facing a medium power with a limited budget and population base, are relevant to almost any small or medium state.
With possible actors and writers strikes looming next year, promoting experienced figures from within means the studio is less likely to lose valuable time preparing for what could be a bumpy period for the whole industry in 2001.
It is well written and the standard of graphics within means that it is interesting as well as helpful to the eye - so many other manuals tend to send the user asleep!!
Third, they have to cut government spending to live within means. Too much debt-financing must be avoided at any cost so that price stability can be restored.
Those who can struggle and live within means have no need to compromise or to cross the line from 'Halal' to 'Haram'.
It cannot be considered a mini-budget, a desire to live within means, nonetheless.
He will also have to nurture the culture of living within means, rather than enjoying extravaganzas on borrowed money.
In strong political parties, no leader is invincible the strong, democratic competition within means each individual in a position of power (and envy) will always have contenders.