Shopping Vocabulary Part 3

Our ESL Students are finding this vocabulary very helpful and have already told us stories about how they were able to understand American shopping better. Hancock International College is located near some high class shopping destinations so we want to finish up this list and make sure they’re prepared! says, “9. Overpriced: I like to go to two supermarkets to buy my food: Safeway and Whole Foods. At Safeway, the food is usually less expensive, but at Whole Foods they have more organic and healthy food.

Sometimes, I will see the exact same box of strawberries in both supermarkets, but they’re different prices. At Safeway the box of strawberries costs $2.50 but at Whole Foods the same box of strawberries costs $4.

When a store wants you to pay too much for something, that thing is overpriced. At Whole Foods, their strawberries are overpriced! If I want to save money, I’ll go to Safeway to find a good deal on strawberries.

More examples:

Don’t buy that couch here, it’s way overpriced. I think you can find a cheaper couch elsewhere.

Groceries at Whole Foods are kind of overpriced. You can find the same things at Safeway and they cost less.

I like this winter coat, but it’s overpriced. I saw the same coat somewhere else and it was 50% off.

The food at the new Italian restaurant is good but overpriced. There’s a pizza place nearby that has the same quality food for half the price.

10. A rip off

Sometimes, your strawberries are overpriced. Other times, they’re really overpriced. $10 for strawberries?!? Wow!

If you think a price for something is so expensive that it’s unfair, you can call that a rip off.

Generally, when we call something a rip off, we feel like someone is cheating us and we are angry about it. For example:

Designer t-shirts are a rip off. Who wants to pay $90 for a simple t-shirt?

Airplane fees are such a rip off. I shouldn’t have to pay to check my suitcase!

You can also use “rip off” as a verb. If a person makes you pay too much for something, you can say that person ripped you off. For example:

The taxi ride should have cost $10, but the driver ripped me off. He charged me $20!

I tried to bargain for this souvenir, but I still think I paid too much. The vendor definitely ripped me off.

Really? You paid $50 for a pair of fake sunglasses? That shop ripped you off!

Grammar note: If you use “to rip off” as a verb, the object comes between rip and off. So, he ripped her off. They ripped you off.

11. Stingy

It’s not always the store that charges too much. Sometimes, the price is fair but you don’t want to spend much money.

If you’re unwilling to spend money—even when you should spend money—you’re stingy. Stingy is the opposite of generous.

For example:

Don’t be stingy. You should spend more than $5 on your mom’s birthday gift.

My new boyfriend is so stingy—he never gives enough for tip at restaurants.

I don’t want to be stingy on this vacation. I want to go out to nice restaurants and stay in a comfortable hotel.

So, Where Did You Get Those New Shoes?

Next time you ask your friends about their new shoes, you’ll know exactly what to say.

Ask them where they bought them, and when they tell you how much they spent we hope you’ll say “what a bargain!” and not “what a rip off!”

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Idiom of the Day

Done Deal

Meaning: Something that has been decided or finalized.

Example: I had no idea I’d have to make more payments to receive the merchandise—I thought it was a done deal!