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Better way to say: "put to good use"

Trying to figure out in terms of being accountable with resources.

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Could you provide the context in which you need this alternative? – Ryan Stull Jul 17 '12 at 20:47
"every cent of funding could be put to good use" I think it sounds passive, but am blocked. – sean Jul 17 '12 at 20:48
I also realize the irony of my title being grammatically incorrect in this forum – sean Jul 17 '12 at 20:49
Haha I thought it was funny – Ryan Stull Jul 17 '12 at 20:50

You could say efficiently Allocated; this generally has the same meaning.

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thanks, good suggestion. – sean Jul 17 '12 at 20:52
Oh your right, my mistake. – Ryan Stull Jul 17 '12 at 21:01
@Ratz: What about his right...? – Amos M. Carpenter Jul 18 '12 at 1:02
You're, wow I should proof read before I post. – Ryan Stull Jul 18 '12 at 13:30

One common expression is capitalise [on] 7 - to take advantage of; turn something to one's advantage (often followed by on ): to capitalize on one's opportunities.

Although it's often used with the literal sense turn into capital, make money from, it's also commonly used metaphorically to mean take advantage of, make best use of.

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They were thrifty with every cent of funding.

Thrifty means "careful and diligent in the use of resources."

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I suggest that the funds were aptly appropriated:

: to set apart for or assign to a particular purpose or use

Ex. appropriate money for the research program

This would be in direct opposition to misappropriated funds or resources.

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Appropriated leaves room for misinterpretation. You've given sense 2 from the link; sense 3 is "to take or make use of without authority or right", ie to misappropriate. – jwpat7 Jul 18 '12 at 5:25

I think fully utilized or responsibly used might give you the connotations of accountability you're looking for.

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You might consider "the value [or effect] of the funding could be maximized."

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I would write:

Every cent of funding could be used to buy ice cream

There you go :) money well spent!

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