Cost of living

Cost of living - BBC Learning English 6 Minute English The...

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BBC Learning English 6 Minute English The cost of living 6 Minute English © bbclearningenglish.com 2008 Page 1 of 4 Callum: Hello I’m Callum Robertson and with me today for 6 Minute English is Jackie Dalton – hello Jackie. Jackie: Hello Callum. Callum: Today we’re going to be looking at the topic of the cost of living. What do we mean by that expression, the cost of living? Jackie: We use it to talk about our everyday expenditure, so what it costs us to live our day to day lives, the cost of food, accommodation, fuel and so on. Callum: Do you have any idea what you spend on these things do you know how much it costs to live Jackie Dalton’s life? Jackie: I have no idea whatsoever actually! I just shut my eyes and hand over my credit card and hope for the best. How about you Callum? Callum: Well yes, I figure out my monthly expenses and when I get paid I put that money into a bank account and that’s only used for those regular bills. Any money I have left over goes towards savings or the occasional luxury. Jackie: Well that sounds very organised, Callum! Callum: I suppose it is really. But if I didn’t budget like that I think I’d end up spending all my money each month. Now you’ll notice I used the verb to budget there – could you tell us a bit more about this word Jackie?
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6 Minute English © bbclearningenglish.com 2008 Page 2 of 4 Jackie: Yes, ‘to budget’ means to plan your finances in the way you described, so that
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