Abidemi and Todd talk about if they are good at saving money.
Abidemi: Todd, are you good at saving money?
Todd: No, I'm terrible. I waste money. I waste so much money.
Todd: Well, I don't buy things on sale. I don't use coupons. I buy anything I see.
Abidemi: So, when I shop, I don't look at prices. I just see the food or the thing and I get it and I buy it and I pay for it. And, then it's sometimes very expensive, so I just waste money. I don't budget. I need to budget my money but I don't budget my money.
Todd: What about you? Are you good at saving money?
Abidemi: I don't think I'm too bad at saving money. I look at prices a lot. I also buy a lot of things on sale, so I'm able to save some money.
Todd: So, you look for discounts?
Abidemi: Yes, I do.
Todd: Do you use coupons or special offers?
Abidemi: No, I don't, but if I see some I will use them.
Todd: So, do you waste money on anything? Like, maybe eating out, buying clothes, renting movies?
Abidemi: I waste money on buying clothes.
Todd: Oh, okay!
Abidemi: But, I save a little bit because I buy them on sale.
Todd: Ah, do you buy things online?
Abidemi: No, I don't. I usually go into the stores to shop.
Todd: I'm good with clothes too, so I don't spend much money on clothes. I only shop maybe once a year. Or, I only shop if I need something, like it's really cold and I need a jacket.
Abidemi: I see.
Todd: And, I'm really bad, so I often only wear clothes people give to me.
Abidemi: That's good!
Todd: Yeah, so I get shirts or ties for Christmas gifts or a birthday gift, and I do that. My mom often asks ... every year, my mom asks, "What do you want for Christmas?", "What do you want for your birthday?"
Todd: And I'll say, "Underwear and socks" or "Socks and T-shirts". And so, she buys them for me and then I don't have to buy them.
Abidemi: Wow. Sounds like you're an easy person to give a present to.
Todd: Yes, for clothes. Yes, for clothes. But, I waste money on computers and electronics and those things are expensive, so I buy a new computer every year. I have four computers now in my house.
Todd: I have five mobile phones.
Todd: I have an iPad. I have lots of electronic equipment. So, I spend so much money on those things.
Abidemi: I waste money on traveling.
Todd: Ah, yeah.
Abidemi: Every year, I take about one or two trips to different countries, so that's where a lot of my money go.
Todd: Yeah, traveling is expensive.
Abidemi: Yes, yes.
Todd: But, when you travel, do you save money? Do you stay at cheap hotels? Or, do you buy cheap plane tickets?
Abidemi: I try to. I try to all the time. But, usually the plane ticket is so expensive that a lot of my savings is already gone.
Todd: Yeah, I know. I buy my tickets online, usually with Expedia. And, it's cheap. It's pretty cheap. I waste money on food. I eat out almost every day.
Todd: Or, I buy my dinner at the supermarket almost every day. Do you waste money on food?
Abidemi: No, I don't. I usually get bored if I eat out too much, because even though I am not a very good cook, there are some thing that I cook that I like to eat. So, I would miss those things. So, no, I don't waste money on eating out.
Todd: Ah, that's interesting. So, you save money, I waste money. You have to teach me your tricks. You have to teach me your tips on saving money.
Abidemi: Please teach me how to get cheap travel tickets.
Todd: It's a deal.
No, I'm terrible. I waste money.
When a person says 'I'm terrible' that means they do not do or act as they should. Notice the following:
- I'm terrible about remembering people's names.
- My sister is terrible at saving money.
an easy person
Sounds like you're an easy person to give a present to.
If you are an easy person that means you are not picky and that you do not complain much. Notice the following:
- I am an easy person to cook for. I eat everything.
- He is an easy person to live with. He is so nice.
I waste money on food. I eat out almost every day.
When a person eats out, they do not eat at home. They eat at a restaurant. Notice the following:
- I don't eat out much. I like to cook and save money.
- My family eats out about once a week, usually at a pizza place.
teach me your tricks
You have to teach me your tricks.
If you teach someone your tricks, you show them a special way to do something. Notice the following:
- I love how you cooked this. You need to teach me your tricks.
- How do you stay so thin and eat so much? Teach me your tricks!
it's a deal
It's a deal.
People use the phrase 'It's a deal' or 'you have a deal' when they promise to do something for each other. Notice the following:
- I can teach you Spanish if you teach me English.
It's a deal.
- If you fix my car, I will cook you dinner?
You have a deal!
teach me • deal
About the Teacher / Creator
Hello, and welcome to elllo. My name is Todd Beuckens. I've been an ESL teacher for 25 years. I created elllo to provide teachers and students free audio lessons and learning materials not usually found in commercial textbooks.
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