beyond (one's) means

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beyond (one's) means

Exceeding one's available finances. If you keep living beyond your means, you'll deplete your bank account before you know it. Unfortunately, I can't go on the trip anymore—it's just beyond my means these days.
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beyond one's means

more than one can afford. I'm sorry, but this house is beyond our means. Please show us a cheaper one. They feel that a Caribbean cruise is beyond their means.
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beyond one's means

Too costly for one, more than one can afford. For example, A second vacation this year is well beyond our means. The noun means here signifies "resources at one's disposal," a usage current since Shakespeare's time, as in Measure for Measure (2:2): "Let her have needful, but not lavish means." [Late 1800s]
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You were living beyond your means and that is why you forged her signature," Mr Davies said.
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Don't live beyond your means, nothing comes for nothing, you've got to work hard, be patient and believe in quality.
CreditExpert's managing director Jim Hodgkins said: "Spending beyond your means because of peer pressure can result in debts which could lead to a bad credit rating and lenders will be less inclined to offer you credit.
If the debt stems from fundamental underlying issues, like living beyond your means, then debt consolidation can be the worst choice," cautions Steve Rhode, president and co-founder of Myvesta.
If you've been living beyond your means, borrowing heavily and running up a pile of credit-card debts, you may need to prove that's where the money came from.
Student Budget Calculator: As a full time college student, it is very important to maintain a properly working financial budget to ensure you are not living beyond your means.
You can continue a process of just trying to survive by spending beyond your means.
Spending beyond your means because of peer pressure can result in mounting debts which could lead to a bad credit rating and, unfortunately, if your credit rating is unattractive to lenders, they will be less inclined to offer you credit - which means you could then miss out on the new car or flat you've fallen in love with.