On a shoestring

Do you know the English expression “on a shoestring“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Tanya: What were your days at university like?

Mariam: They were tough. I lived on a shoestring for four years.

Does it mean:

a) have a shoestring

b) with a small amount of money

c) have trouble

d) have no friends

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: b) with a small amount of money