within (one's) means

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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.
See also: mean, within
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"When we got married, we tried to live within our means. We bought the house and other things, too, but we made sure we didn't get bogged down with too many bills."