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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - Describe an item on which you spent more than expected

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Topic: Describe an item on which you spent more than expected

You should say:

  • what it is

  • how much you spent on it

  • why you bought it

  • and explain why you think you spent more than expected

To be honest, this is quite a challenging topic for someone with chrometophobia like me. You know I don’t like spending money, nor do I go shopping frequently. So recalling an occasion when I overspent in an instant is definitely not easy. That said, I went over budget when I bought my current laptop three years ago. I think it was around $2000, twice as much as the planned budget.

Why I had to buy a new laptop was a sad story. It was one beautiful day with a bit of sunshine. I decided to make the most of it, so I went to my favorite coffee shop to work on my projects. Unfortunately, the rain suddenly came down in torrents and I was totally drenched. So was my poor laptop. I was working to a very tight deadline then, so I needed a new operational laptop immediately.

The next day I rushed to a laptop store, seeking a replacement. I loved my old laptop so I intended to buy the same model, but it ran out of stock. That was also the time when the new MacBook Air was released, and it looked pretty cool with a sleek design. When I laid my eyes on it, I just couldn’t resist the temptation, so I brought it home. I had to eat instant noodles for the next few months, but it was worth it. I’m extremely impressed by its durability and speed, which outmatch a number of models that come after it.

I’m grateful I went over the budget that time because I think I won’t have to replace my laptop as regularly as before.




nỗi sợ xài tiền


tiêu quá mức

go over budget

vượt quá mức ngân sách

planned budget

ngân sách ban đầu

one beautiful day with a bit of sunshine

một ngày đẹp trời

make the most of it

tận dụng tối đa

come down in torrents

mưa xối xả

be totally drenched

ướt như chuột lột

work to a very tight deadline

chạy deadline mệt nghỉ

seek a replacement

tìm cái để thay thế

run out of stock

hết hàng

a sleek design

thiết kế đẹp mượt mà

lay my eyes on

để mắt tới, chú ý tới cái gì

can’t resist the temptation

không thể cưỡng lại được


độ bền


vượt trội hơn

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