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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.
See also: beyond, live, mean
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: beyond, live, mean, within
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For too many years the 'luxury' of living beyond means has meant that any quirk in markets has left those in a position of not being 'viable' with liquidizeable assets, to cover shortfalls exposed to elimination.
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The prescription for recovery of economic trends suitable for privatisation, is cutting down the expenditure on consumption, and abandoning the habit of living beyond means of the public sector white elephants.