1) when it appears that you have a lot more money than you actually have.
2) to go out and have a good time, but with limited funds
Doug: Yo kid, we hittin the bars tonight. You down?
Jamal: Yeah, I'll come, but I can't be goin nowhere 'spensive.... I'm ballin on a budget right now.
The act of ballin
whilst strapped for cash.
Yo mang until the first I be ballin' on a budget, ya heard?
Man fuck the nigga, he ballin' on a budget, shit his chain made of plastic.
Ballin' on the budget:
-When a baller ("Livin large" or one who lives the lavish life) of high financial status and capital gain (typically a minority of african or sub-saharan ancestry) is in a time of economic misfortune, has a low cash flow and/or has a limited supply of cash (currency or legal tender for debts) on his or her person is abruptly confronted in a catch 22 of finance and cannot afford to pay at all or full price of a usual product or service in ones financial spectrum causing them to not purchase a product/service or find a budget friendly alternative to their prospective purchase typically a service/product from either a less prestigious or 3rd party establishment.
-Example (1): Nigga looks thug with that rolex, too bad its fake. "Ballin on a budget" pshh.
-Example (2): My dawg just pulled up in da S550 to bad dose insufficient funds on on his debit card, da niggas gotta ride on reggula gas. Ballin on a budget pshh.