pay for itself

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Definition of pay for itself

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to save as much money over a period of time as something costs initially windows that pay for themselves within five years by saving on heating costs

you get what you pay for

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Definition of you get what you pay for (Entry 2 of 2)

used to say that a thing that can be bought for a very low price probably isn't very good"That cheap camera I bought is broken already." "Well, you get what you pay for."

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