Idiom:  live within one’s means


Idiom:  live within one’s means

  • within a person’s budget or the amount of money that they have

Example sentences

  • After my husband lost his job, we learned the hard way how to live within our means.
  • I finally learned to live within my means after I reached the limit on all my credit cards and couldn't get any more credit.
  • Living within my means has brought me a sense of calm and clarity that I never felt before.
  • I'd always lived within my means but my girlfriend was the opposite, so it was just a matter of time before we broke up.
  • On my salary, living within my means is easier said than done.
  • If you're having a lot of problems living within your means, try paying everything with cash after you pay all of your bills for the month.
  • We couldn't live within our means in New York City no matter how we tried.
  • Our kids were understanding about living within our means after many of their friends' parents lost their jobs after the local plant closed down.


  • make ends meet
  • pinch pennies
  • stretch a dollar
  • tighten one's belt

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