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1076 Men and Shopping

Diego talks about his views on shopping and Silvia talks about a friend with shopping skills.

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I only buy strictly what I need.

Here, Diego talks about a serious rule he has about his personal behavior. Notice the following.

  1. I’m on a strictly vegetarian diet.
  2. In California cities, non-smoking laws are strictly enforced.

disposable income

I spend my disposable income on travels.

Disposable income is the money we have to spend on things we like. Notice the samples.

  1. Silvia spends most of her disposable income on clothes.
  2. It’s a good idea to save some of your disposable income.

That's weird

That's weird because you know I had a boyfriend.

We use ‘weird’ to comment on something that’s strange or unusual. We can use the three words interchangeably. For example:

  1. That's strange because you know I had a boyfriend.
  2. That's unusual because you know I had a boyfriend.

take my time

I take my time when shopping.

When we take our time, we do something slowly. Here are two sample sentences.

  1. I usually eat very fast, but the food was so delicious, I took my time.
  2. I take my time driving to work. It’s both relaxing and safer.

bad cycle

Shopping can be a bad cycle. Once you start buying need to keep on buying.

Here, ‘a bad cycle’ means a bad habit that we can’t stop. Notice the following.

  1. Trying to stay in fashion can be a bad cycle. You end up spending all your disposable income on clothes.
  2. Eating a lot whenever you feel sad is a bad cycle. Gaining weight will only make you feel worse.