live beyond/within your 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/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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REGARDING AW of Gosforth's letter on whether it is easier to live within your means on gross annual pay of PS18k or PS80k.
You either have much higher taxes to pay for your government and your welfare bill, or you borrow a lot more and risk the economy going into a crisis, or you live within your means.
Saving money is more important than ever, but you can only do that if you live within your means and understand how to plan.
On a loan shark's conviction Learn to live within your means and not get caught up in the possessions trap and plan for the time you may not have anything.
It is a hard lesson for every club - live within your means or pay a heavy penalty.
You are a man who doesn't seem to realise you must live within your means.
McMonnies says: ``Get real'',and if you can't live on your current weekly wage of pounds 400,call in on anyone of our generation and we will show you how to live within your means.