Substitute Tools for Labor
If you are pinched for project money, take a second look at using tools as a substitute for labor.
There is a strong and positive correlation between the use of tools and project success. More tools = better outcomes.
Many manual project tasks, such as testing, configuration management, and more can be at least partially automated saving both time and money. Test automation usually compresses your timeline, and frees up your people for more productive and interesting work.
A lot of project teams are daunted by the cost, set up and education time needed to use tools effectively, but the investment yields huge downstream returns.