live beyond (one's) means

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live beyond (one's) means

To spend or owe more money than one is earning or is able to repay. They've been living beyond their means for some time now, but they're too proud to move out of that giant house or give up their expensive cars. Being so poor during college taught me not to live beyond my means once I got a steady job. If you keep living beyond your means, you'll deplete your bank account before you know it.
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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.
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live beyond/within your ˈmeans

live on more/less money than you have or earn: They seemed wealthy but they were living well beyond their means.I find it very hard to live within my means.
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UBS does not advocate using debt to live beyond one's means, using margin to leverage an investment portfolio or taking on high-cost debt such as credit-card or car loans.
This attitude to live beyond one's means leaves the majority of low and middle-income Indian expatriates in the UAE and other Gulf nations in debt or with a financially uncertain future, said a financial consultant, whose social organisation recently conducted a survey among Indian expatriates about their saving habits.
Similarly, platforms like Airbnb are an excellent inducement to live beyond one's means.