Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!
- Kevin: I want to take you out for your birthday dinner, but I will foot the bill.
- Dorothy: That’s sweet of you! You must have money to burn.
- Kevin: I made a killing in the stock market the other day so I have some extra money.
- Dorothy: Wow! You better not spend it all. You should save some for a rainy day.
Using idioms about money
Read the idioms below out loud with your tutor. Try using each idiom in a sentence about your own life.
money talks – Money gives one power and influence to help get things done or get one’s own way.
nest egg – money that has been saved up
Example: Everyone needs a nest egg for retirement.
money doesn’t grow on trees – it’s not easy to get money
- Son: Dad, can you buy me a nice car for my 18th birthday?
- Dad: Son, I can’t afford to buy you a nice car. Money doesn’t grow on trees.
saving for a rainy day – to keep something, especially money, for a time in the future when it might be needed
Example: One never knows when you will need money. You better be saving for a rainy day.
cost an arm and a leg – something that is extremely expensive
Example: That Porsche cost me an arm and a leg!
Make a sentence using the idiom about money.
- nest egg We need to build a nest egg so we have money for vacation next year.
- saving for a rainy day _____________________________________________.
- to foot the bill _____________________________________________.
- money doesn’t grow on trees _______________________________________.
- money to burn __________________________________________________.
- money talks__________________________________________________.
- cash cow ____________________________________________________.
- to make a killing _______________________________________________.
- to cut your losses ________________________________________________.
- cost an arm and a leg _____________________________________________.
- What is your personal philosophy regarding saving money? Are you more of a saver or a spender?
- Who has the best money habits in your family? Why?
- Talk about a time you regretted not purchasing something.
- What is the best purchase you’ve made recently? Why was it the best purchase?
- How would you describe the spending patterns in your country? How does it differ with other countries?