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  1. Buying food that you don't eat is like money away.
  2. I don't think I'd like to with having a pet right now.
  3. It's kind of a call about whether an outside wedding is a good idea that time of year.
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  5. I bought this car a year ago. I hate it, but I'm with it for the next few years.
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#511 Owning vs. Renting

Todd and Akane debate renting vs. owning.

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tough call

He was wondering should he rent a home or own a home. That’s a tough call.

A tough call is a difficult decision to make, where the options have both positive and negative consequences. Notice the following:

  1. It's a tough call sometimes to know whether you should tell the truth.
  2. Make a decision about buying a new car is always a tough call.

throw money away

If you own a home, I think the biggest reason is you’re not throwing money away, it’s a solid investment.

If you "throw money away" you waste it on things you don't need or on something that is not a good investment. Notice the following:

  1. Buying cheap electronics is like throwing money away.  They break after a few months.
  2. I can't believe I threw money away by buying him that expensive watch. 

stuck with

If you’re stuck with a mortgage and you lose your job then you won’t be able to pay it.

You are "stuck with" something if you can't escape from it, like a responsibility. Notice the following:

  1. I bought new green carpet.  I hate it, but I'm stuck with it.
  2. She got stuck living with her parents for another year because she didn't have money to rent an apartment.

bother with

I don’t think I could be bothered with the hassle of renting to somebody.

If you "bother with" doing something, then you make the effort to do it even though it may be difficult. If you "couldn't be bothered" to do something, it means that you don't think it's worth the effort. This is usually used in a negative sense. Notice the following:

  1. I can't be bothered with shopping for presents this year.  I will give everyone money.
  2. Although the house was dirty, she was tired and couldn't be bothered to clean it.


It’s too much of a headache for me.

If something is a headache, then it is a problem, a hassle or something that you don't like to do. Notice the following:

  1. Finding a parking space at the shopping center is always a headache.
  2. Getting everything ready for a long trip is always a headache.


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