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Vocabulary Quiz
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 .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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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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

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.


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

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

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.