Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has compared his transfer budget to not being able to afford luxury supermarket drinks.
The Shrimps have one of the smallest budgets in the Football League but sit just four points off the play-offs.
"It's a little bit like being in [the supermarket] and looking at a nice red wine or expensive vodka," said Bentley.
"Then checking your pocket and you've got nothing in the wallet, so you go home and you have a cup of tea or a glass of water."
Bentley, who has been in charge since 2011, has seen his side fail to score in their last three home matches and would like to add to his squad.
They had started the League Two season strongly, winning their first four games but now lie 11th going into the second-half of the campaign.
"I know we're in the January transfer window but it's frustrating because I do think a couple of players, a little injection, would hopefully kick us on," Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"It is what it is, we haven't got the open cheque book, we're not in position where we can overspend.
"I've got what I've got and I've got to do with it."