Shopping Vocabulary Part 3

English Listening Practice Shopping Vocabulary 3

English Listening Practice Shopping Shopping 3

Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:

Shopping Vocabulary

This is the 3rd part of a 5-part series of our shopping word lists. Here you’ll find some advanced English listening exercises from native English teachers. Listen and learn!

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Notes from the Audio Files

Pay Full Price / Retail Price / Pick Up A Bargain / Get A Good Deal

  • Pay full price: No discounts available
  • Pick up a bargain: Pay less than full price

How to use it:

“Check it out. These pants were 50% off the retail price, I got a really good deal.”
“I feel terrible, I paid full price for these curtains, then saw them a week later in the clearance section!”

Shop Around   

  • End up doing something: changing your original plan and doing something different
  • Balance out: to make something equal  

How to use it:

“I can’t find anything in my price range, so I’ll have to keep shopping around.”
“I would shop around for a better deal, but I’m too lazy so I’ll just get it here.”

Value For (The) Money  

  • Matters to you: is important to you
  • Justify: to give a good reason why you’ve done something

How to use it:

“It’s probably not the highest quality product I could have bought, but it’s much better value for money.”
“Well look, if we buy the large pack, the price per ounce goes down quite a bit, so it’s way better value for the money.”


  • A lot of shops run it: many shops have this offer
  • Implied: we understand something without saying it
  • Swayed: convinced or persuaded
  • Offer: a special deal or price
  • Lost on me: doesn’t work on me
  • The product I was going to buy anyway: I was going to buy the product whether it was on sale or not.
  • 2 for the price of 1: Buy 2 items for the same price as 1 item

How to use it:

“Hold on, this one’s buy one get one free. I don’t mind spending a little bit more if we get two of them.”
“This whole rock is Buy One, Get One, so help me look for something!”

Mark Down / Clearance Section

  • Make a beeline: go straight towards
  • An aisle: A section dedicated to one or several items
  • About to expire: close to going bad, going rotten
  • Expiration date: the date shops have to sell their products by
  • Slash the price: reduce the price by a lot
  • Get rid of something: Sell or give away something quickly
  • Regift: Give a gift that was previously another gift
  • Savvy: Good with money
  • Go off: go bad, when it reaches the time that it shouldn’t be eaten

How to use it:
“No trip to the supermarket is complete without checking the clearance section for some ridiculous deals.”
“I mean, we don’t really need it, but it’s marked down 80% so I went ahead and got it.”

There you have it! You just learnt 10 new phrases! Check you out! If you still have any questions, please leave a comment below and we’ll try to help.



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