IELTS Cue Card: Talk about a situation when you saved some money

Talk about a situation when you saved some money

IELTS Cue Card Question 35 With Model Answer: 

Talk about a situation when you saved some money.

You should say: 
  • why you did it
  • how long it took you to save this money
  • how much you saved
and explain what you did with it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Money matters and considered as the most important thing in this material world, and people are after it (literally) to meet their expenses. But we need to save it too for different purposes. I also had to save some money for buying my brother’s birthday present.

I was 11 and was in my 5th grade when my younger brother was born. He was too cute in his childhood that everyone started caring for him. I also cared for him as his older brother and the sense of brotherhood was raised inside me by my father. Days were passing by and the little kid started maturing. His first birthday was appearing and I planned to gift him a nice present. But I did not have enough money to buy a gift for him instantly. Therefore, I started saving money marking the day. I had to generate the money by reducing my regular expenses.

It took nearly five weeks to gather all the money required for the present. But fortunately, I found that I have gathered more than the actual amount and also invested the amount to buy another present for him too. I had bought a block set and a book of colourful images for kids ranging from 12 -24 months. My parents and other relatives like the presents most and also praised me for my affection to my younger brother. In fact, I was also glad to be able in buying the gifts for my younger at an early age. But the irony is that the block set was lost and the books were torn up by him.

My parents did not give me much money at that time but they cared for me and met all my needs instantly. Sometimes I demanded few bucks from them saying that I will go for a day out with my friends or have to participate in a programme arranged by my school friends and such other excuses to collect the money. In five weeks I gathered 38 dollars. I could have gathered more but I had less time before the birthday appeared. Moreover, I planned for gathering the money all on a sudden when I heard that his first birthday will be celebrated in a festive manner.

I went to the local shops that were selling toys for kids of all ages and I selected a block set for my younger brother. I liked the block set most because of its extraordinary features and that also allowed the players to create different structures including cars, buildings, robots, animals and many other things. The sets were round edged and thus there were no chances of physical damage or injury during the play. I also bought a colourful book that contained images of different things to make the kids familiar. It was printed on the best quality paper with the lamination of standard plastic materials.