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To have just enough money

afford

verb

if you can afford something, you have enough money to be able to pay for it. This word usually follows ‘can’, ‘could’, or ‘be able to’

eke out

to get just enough money or food to be able to continue to exist

subsist

verb

to stay alive when you do not have much food or money

get by

to have just enough of something such as money or knowledge so that you can do what you need to do

scrape by

to have enough money to pay for the things that you really need in order to live, but no more

cover

verb

to have enough money to pay for something

make (both) ends meet

to have just enough money to buy the things that you need

live from hand to mouth

to have just enough money or food to stay alive

stretch

verb

to have enough money to pay for something

run to

to have enough money to buy a particular thing

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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