to pull in your belt

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pull in your belt

"to pull in your belt"

to spend less money than you once did;

to use less of something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pull in your belt

A wife and husband are talking ...

Wife:  You've lost your job.  We have so many expenses. What are we going to do?

Husband:  Well, we have a little savings and if we pull in our belts a little, we can survive until I find another job.

Wife:  So, no trips to the spa and no more online shopping?

Husband:  We just need to reduce our spending until things get better.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pull in your belt

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  I've spent almost all my student loan for this year and there is still two months left in the term.

Student 2:  I suppose you will have to find ways to economize and reduce your spending. Maybe stop partying so much and start preparing your own meals instead of eating out all the time.

Student 1:  I hate pulling in my belt.

to pull in your belt - Usage:


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to pull in your belt - Gerund Form:

Pulling in their belts, the family managed to survive the recession.

to pull in your belt - Examples:

1)  If it's telling you that you're going to need to pull in your belt, it's time to start rethinking your spending.

2)  ... all the latest stuff and drive brand new cars? Or are you willing to pull in your belt and save for a house? It is up to you. 

3)  If you have to pull in your belt, you have to economize.

4)  The traditional conservative response would be to balance the books by cutting expenditure; Pull in your belt and tough it out.

5)  If a leader tells them that you have to pull in your belt and you have to accept all these sacrifices. 

6)  If everyone has to pull in the belt then we're not spending on services or in the shops and that ...

7)  If the board of a nonprofit is forced to pull in the belt of the organization and make cuts to staffing, it is important that ...

8)  Clearly in North America, no politician or citizen who would be willing to pull in the belt. Everyone wants to live as if it had everything.

9)  It's up to the government to pull in its belt and balance the budget... Not to run around throwing money away.

10)  The move comes as AMD attempts to pull in its belt following a gruesome earnings report for its third quarter of 2012.

11)  ... advanced economies, faced with tighter credit conditions and a tougher job market, will pull in their belt

12)  So when families have to "pull in their belt", what goes first? Should it be the groceries for little Tommy ...

13)  ... accept below-inflation pay rises this coming year to show that the Government is pulling in its belt in the recession.

14)  Ireland has to continue pulling in its belt to cover the massive gap between taxes taken in and what government spends.

15)  ... totally agree with you on needing to have some fun money. I tend to pull in my belt way too tight and then all I want to do is shop and ...

16)  The current economic market still looks bleak, and as a working householder, I pull in my belt. I buy what I can afford, and change from branded to ...

17)  I'm planning two JA trips this year so have had to pull in my belt more than usual. I created a budget spreadsheet, figured out how ...

18)  At a time when we are being told to pull in our belt and make cutbacks surely this is one cutback that can be made immediately ...

19)  ... current account deficit country. So, there is no other way than to pull in our belt, and we have to encourage savings.

20)  We'll have to pull in our belt because we live on a fixed income.