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    Make ends meet

    The following is from an exam paper, of which the source is not available.

    At primary school in New Zealand, I was introduced to a school savings account run by one of the local banks. When our money box was full, we took it to the bank and watched with pride as our coins flowed across the counter. As a reward,we could choose our next money box from a small variety, and start the whole savings routine again. Every week I watched my parents sort out the housekeeping and “make ends meet”. Sometimes it was annoying to wait for things we really felt we needed.

    What does the underlined sentence mean?

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    Re: What does it mean in this paragraph?

    Every week, I watched my parents as they organized the household finances. 'Make ends meet' - to make sure that one's spending is covered by one's income.

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    Re: What does it mean in this paragraph?

    As a child, the writer saw their parents pay bills. To make ends meet is an idiom meaning "to keep expenses within one's income".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Make ends meet

    Jasonlulu, you have been on the forum long enough to know that thread titles should include some/all of the words you are querying. I have changed your thread title.

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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