Sean Dyche insists he will not risk the health of the club with a January spending spree.
The Clarets boss admits he has one eye on the new-year window as he looks to plot a way out of the Premier League drop zone.
But the gaffer has reiterated the club cannot afford to throw endless cash at the problem without suffering serious consequences.
He said: “My and other manager’s jobs depend on winning games. I am not naive to that. But there has to be a balance about how this club goes about it.
“If I had £30m I would spend it, but we haven’t and if I did do you know what… it would probably ruin the club.
“It’s important to remember the challenge against the realities and here at Burnley Football Club there are some realities that need to be looked after.
“I am custodian of this club and I have to manage get the group to win games, but equally I have to make sure the club is in a very good place.
“Trust me, in my two years here this club is in a far better place than when I walked in and they were 16th in the Championship.”
Dyche, whose side host Hull City at Turf Moor this weekend, added: “Our supersonic journey last year saw an unbelievable transformation in our thinking in a three-month window.
“Some of the numbers last summer though were unbelievable - and I’m talking Championship players.
“Way more money than we pay in the Premier League and at clubs far richer than ours, usually because of the owners.
“They were going for astronomical fees that we, as a club, simply couldn’t afford.
“Spending a little bit more last summer wasn’t enough, trust me.
“You are not talking about adding a million or two, you are talking about tens of millions to get high quality players.
“There were three players we were in for in the Championship and if we’d got them it was over £20m.
“Only one of those has played in the Premier League. That’s where the market is!”
Read Sean Dyche’s full match preview here on Friday.