live beyond means

live beyond one's means

to spend more money than one can afford. The Browns are deeply in debt because they are living beyond their means. I keep a budget so that I don't live beyond my means.
See also: beyond, live, mean
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Do not fall into credit cards trap and do not live beyond means.
This tendency to live beyond means, spurred by Gulf bonanza, has led to runaway inflation to the grave detriment of the national economy.