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overspend • drainer • fidgeting
point out • simple fix
  1. Living in an old house can be a big money .
  2. You should make yourself a traveling budget, or you will probably .
  3. The report looks good, but I would like to a few things you should change.
  4. This is a for now, but you will probably need to hire a professional to do the job well.
  5. I know you are nervous, but you need to stop .
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1216 A Few More Bad Habits
Erina talks with Mike about some of her bad habits and why she does them.

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overspend

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Overspending is definitely a bad habit.

When you 'overspend,' you spend too much money on a particular thing, usually something you don't really need. Notice the following:

  1. Don't overspend on a gift for my birthday.
  2. I feel like she overspent on every new appliance that she got for the kitchen.

money drainer

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Buying coffee everyday can be a money drainer.

A 'money drainer' is something that causes you to spend a large portion of your money. Notice the following:

  1. Medical bills are a money drainer.
  2. This car has been a real money drainer for me in the past few years.

fidget

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My husband fidgets a lot.

A person who fidgets can't sit in one place for a long time without moving. Usually fidgets are kind of nervous or anxious movements. Notice the following:

  1. She has a very difficult time sitting still in class. She is always fidgeting in one way or another.
  2. He constantly fidgets with the radio when he is driving.

point out

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He pointed out my bad habit.

When you 'point something out' you draw someone's attention to it or make him aware of it. Notice the following:

  1. She always points out things about other people's appearances.
  2. I just want to point out that you are driving a little too fast for this area.

simple fix

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It is a simple fix to the problem.

A 'simple fix' is an easy solution to the problem. Notice the following:

  1. I think that making a list of what you have to do each day is a simple fix for forgetting what you have going on.
  2. This isn't really a long-term solution, but it is a good simple fix for right now.
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