discretionary spending definition

  • noun:
    • the quantity or percentage of an individual's or team's expenses which is used for non-essential or voluntary disbursements; the quantity or part of an individual's expenses which one will make as you sees fit.
    • The action of making such expenses.
    • United States government expenses that are subject to annual review and authorization by Congress, as distinct from expenses authorized by present guidelines.

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