Confessions of a Shopaholic: A Manual on the Novel by S. Kinsella Worksheet 5, Chapter 5 Topic: Learning to save Introduction: Summarize the content of the chapter. Talk about the main themes and new characters whom you have encountered in this chapter. Include your description of these characters and talk about some humorous moments. Vocabulary: translate the following words/expressions and note the context in which they were used Frugality
Take-away (of food at some restaurants) Rigorous
To be petrified
To act on smth
To flush (a flush)
To bear in mind
A bargaining tool
To fleece smb
To restrain oneself
In the grand scheme of things Transparency
A staple (to scrimp on staples) to add up/to subtract
To succumb to smth
Content Questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
How successful has Rebecca been so far in trying to be frugal? How does she justify her more expensive purchases in this chapter? Why does Rebecca have to go to the Image Store? What was Rebecca’s reaction to Elly’s new job prospect? What was so shocking and depressing about Rebecca’s expenditure list at the end of the day?
Discussion Questions: 1. The chapter mentions some ways in which people can save. If you decided to save a little money every week, what changes to your budget would you make and how would you save? 2. What do you know about “advantage points” programs? How much do they save or do you think they are a scam? Explain. 3. Try taking notes of your expenses for a few days. Share what you have learned about your shopping habits/preferences.
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