Live on a shoestring

Idiom

Live on a shoestring

Definition

To live on a shoestring means to live on a very tight budget, with very little money to spend.

Examples

My parents had to live on a shoestring when I was a child.

He’s been living on a shoestring since he lost his job.

Origin

The phrase ‘live on a shoestring’ originated in the United States in the 1920s and is thought to refer to the small amount of money that would be needed to buy a pair of shoes.

FAQs

Q: How can I live on a shoestring? A: You can live on a shoestring by cutting expenses and making wise financial decisions, such as reducing unnecessary spending and using coupons or discounts.