to take your belt in a notch

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take your belt in a notch

"to take your belt in a notch"

to spend less money than you once did;

to use less of something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take your belt in a notch

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 take our belts in a notch, 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 - take your belt in a notch

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 taking my belt in a notch.

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to take your belt in a notch - Gerund Form:

Taking in their belts a notch, the family managed to survive the recession.

to take your belt in a notch - Examples:

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

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

3)  If you have to take your belt in a notch, you have to economize.

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

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

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

7)  If the board of a nonprofit is forced to take in the belt a notch 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 take in the belt a notch. Everyone wants to live as if it had everything.

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

10)  The move comes as AMD attempts to take its belt in a notch 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 take in their belt a notch

12)  So when families have to "take in their belt a notch" 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 taking its belt in a notch in the recession.

14)  Ireland has to continue taking in its belt a notch 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 take my belt in a notch and then all I want to do is shop and ...

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

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

18)  At a time when we are being told to take our belt in a notch 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 take in our belt a notch, and we have to encourage savings.

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