A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 05, 2013
“There’s too much month left at the end of the money”

"There’s too much month left at the end of the money” is a jocular saying, the reverse of having money left at the end of the month. “In opulent America, on the other hand, we often see quite a bit of the month left at the end of the money” was cited in print in April 1950. “The housewife’s complain is now universal: ‘Too much month left at the end of the money’” was cited in print in October 1951. The authorship of this turn of phrase is unknown.


5 April 1950, Boston (MA) Globe, “Vice Versa , “ pg. 17:
The plight of the European middle classes is dire with many families having no money left at the end of the month. In opulent America, on the other hand, we often see quite a bit of the month left at the end of the money.—Kansas City Star.

17 October 1951, Seattle (WA) Times, pg. 6, col. 2:
The housewife’s complain is now universal: “Too much month left at the end of the money.”—Friday Harbor Journal.

24 February 1952, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), Magazine, pg. 37, col. 1:
No Money Month
TO TEACH Johnny how to budget his allowance over a longer period of time, his father gave him a whole month’s spending money at once.

But a few weeks afterward, Johnny was bothering his Dad for 50 cents to go to the show.

“What happened to your allowance?” his father protested.

‘Well,” Johnny explained, “there’s just too much month left over at the end of the money.”
-- Mrs. R. J. Arcement,
232 1/2 Gouaux, Houma, La.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
17 January 1957, The Valley News (Springwater, NY), “Wayland Wig-Wag,” pg. 9, col. 1:
The trouble with a budget this time of year is that you have too much month left at the end of the money.

Google News Archive
28 February 1970, Reading (PA) Eagle, pg. 15, col. 8 classified ad:
“TOO MUCH MONTH LEFT AT THE END OF THE MONEY?”
(Colonial-Berks, Realtors—ed.)

Google Books
Single;
The Woman’s View

By Marilyn McGinnis
Old Tappan, NJ: Revell
1974
Pg. 46:
As the saying goes, “Why is there always so much month left at the end of the money?”

Google Books
Personal Finance and Money Management
By Robert S. Rosefsky
New York, NY: Wiley
1978
Pg. 376:
Or, as it’s also said: “There’s too much month left at the end of the money.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Tuesday, February 05, 2013 • Permalink