Idioms to talk about Money
Idioms are something that you hear native English speakers use all the time. So what exactly are they? An idiom is a phrase that uses certain words to convey a figurative meaning.
So, let’s take a look at some idioms and phrases that will help you learn to speak English by describing things to do with money.
- Nest Egg– Someone might come up to you and say, “I have to take some money out of my nest egg.” Before you start to worry about how people in English-speaking countries keep their money, let me tell you, “nest egg” means savings that you put aside for the future. So when someone says that they are taking the money out of their nest egg, it means that they will be taking the money out of their savings.
- You can’t take it with you – This is one phrase my friends and I use all the time. Should we go shopping or save the money? The answer is always “you can’t take it with you.” This phrase means that you should enjoy the things you have (especially money) because when you die, you won’t be able to take anything with you. It means enjoy your life and don’t worry about saving every last penny (or centavos, kopeks, cents).
- A penny saved is a penny earned– After I told you about how you can’t take the money with you, I am going to tell you about how you need to save money. This phrase means that you should spend your money carefully and watch every single penny, because for every penny you save, you will have an extra penny. And slowly and slowly you will save a lot of money.