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meager (adj) too small in quantity and quality.
A meager amount of money is too small and is not enough for your needs. Meager food is a very little quantity of food and is not enough to satisfy someone's hunger. A meager income is too low an income to meet your expenses.
- In these days of rising prices any amount looks meager, because the money is not enough to meet the increased expenditure.
- With his meager salary he has to support not only his wife and son but also a sickly mother. He is unable to meet her medical bills.