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"save for a rainy day" = save something for the future when it is needed

"Instead of spending money on a new TV, I'm going to save it for a rainy day. You never know when you'll need it."

"a dime a dozen" = very common, usually inexpensive, and easy to find

"I bought my dad a new watch at a flea market, and I thought I got a great deal only to discover they were a dime a dozen at other places."

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[Text Completion | Quiz Script]

Shopping for the Day
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers: Length:
easy shoppingconversationman - girl 01:10

I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Shopping online or at local department stores is an activity many people enjoy. How often do you go shopping for the following items and where do you buy them: clothing, gifts for friends and family, music, DVD movies, electronics?

HELPFUL TIP: If you can't find a present you are looking for at a local retail store, try shopping online. It's convenient and you can often save money and time.

Shopping for gifts

II. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the girl shopping for?
A. a present for her mother
B. a present for a friend
C. a present for her father

2. How much is the black wallet?
A. $49.95
B. $40.95
C. $44.95

3. Why doesn't the girl like the brown wallet?
A. There isn't a place to put pictures.
B. It's too big and heavy.
C. She doesn't like the color.

4. About how much does the girl have to spend?
A. $5.00
B. $10.00
C. $13.00

5. What does the girl decide to buy?
A. a black wallet
B. a brown belt
C. a tie

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
With a partner, decide on a particular item you want to buy like a camera, computer, or book. Then, use the Internet and try to find the buy that considers price, shipping costs, return policy, and time for delivery.

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Imagine that you want to buy a gift for a friend for her birthday. Your friend is really into electronics and fashionable clothing, so you want to buy your friend either some new headphones for her iPhone or a nice, trendy shirt. Your budget is about $50. Visit two online stores to find these items and compare prices, shipping costs, and the company's refund policy in case there are problems with the order.

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