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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?
"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."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Girl: Well, . . . yeah. I'm looking for a Father's Day gift.
Man: Oh. It's only $40.95.
Girl: Umm. . . I don't think my father will like the design on the outside, and it doesn't have a place to put pictures. How much is it anyway?
Girl: I'm not sure [money falling on the table]. Probably about ten dollars or so.
Man: Well, let's just say the tie went on sale. How about $5.00. What do you say? Girl: Oh, thanks. I'll take it.
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.
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.