Describe a time when you saved money for something – Cue Card
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Describe a time when you saved money for something.
You should say:
- What did you save for?
- How you saved money?
- How long had you been saving money?
- and explain Are you happy what you saved for?
Sample Answer 1
(What did you save for?) I’m generally very conscious about expenditure. I’m sensible as regards buying things. I don’t get carried away by fancy items or try to grab anything that is pleasing to the eye. I joined work soon after college. Right from day one, I started to save money to buy a car.
(How you saved money?) I watched my habits and worked on areas where I could cut down expenses. I found one or two. One of them was coffee addiction, and another was movies. I always buy a big cup of cappuccino every two hours. Though we were offered coffee at subsidized rates, it did cost me a considerable amount of money. So I reduced my coffee intake. I also watched movies in a high-class theatre whenever I got time. The tickets did cost me a lot. So I reduced it to once a month.
(How long had you been saving money?) (and explain Are you happy what you saved for?) I did this for about two years and noticed that there was a significant amount of savings. When I bought my first car, I was lauded by my friends for watching out the little things that were indeed a great help. Infact, I was able to achieve my dream of buying a car and as well incorporate a healthy lifestyle.
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Conscious: aware of and responding to one’s surroundings.
Eg: Rita was not beauty conscious
Sensible: done or chosen in accordance with wisdom or prudence; likely to be of benefit.
Eg: “ Can you be sensible?”
Carried away: to arouse to a high and often excessive degree of emotion or enthusiasm
Eg: He got carried away by the luxury of the house.
Lauded: highly praised or admired.
Eg: He was lauded by his teacher.
Sample Answer 2
To be honest, saving money has never been my forte as I am a shopaholic. For that reason, I have been scolded by almost everyone in my family. Initially, I was not worried about any financial hurdles, as my father and grandfather took care of it. However, when I entered college, I realized my mistake and decided to turn a new leaf. I became more conscious and started saving for some ventures.
One of the ventures I wanted to invest in was a business for my mother. My mother had been an all-rounder in school and continued to be so till she left university. She had a bright future ahead and lots of dreams to fulfill. Unfortunately, due to family constraints, she was forced to sacrifice her dreams. As I understood the importance of dreams and saw how my mother found happiness in small things, I made it one of my aims in life to enable her to start her own work.
Since I have been a working professional for five years, I have invested a portion of my salary as a fixed deposit. In the future, when I will require capital for the enterprise, I will have more than enough. Till now, I have saved enough and have set my ground plan into action by delivering tiffins to my colleagues cooked by my mother. I still remember the look on my mother’s face when I surprised her with the news of the success of the cloud kitchen and that we had some consequential orders to prepare for. It was a mix of pride and excitement to see her dreams come true, and I have been so proud of myself.