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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The most substantial part consisted of women from the smaller manufacturing towns, who were too elegant to have their frocks made locally and not sufficiently acquainted with London to discover good dressmakers within their means. Beside these, incongruously, was a large number of music-hall artistes.
Malaysians should be wise in making lifestyle choices and spend only within their means, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan hopes Rangers' plight will act as a warning to other Scottish clubs to live within their means.
"At a time when there is an appetite and momentum for radical change in Scottish football it is vital we learn lessons from this dire situation and work together to provide a platform for clubs to prosper within their means."
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