House hunting is time-consuming and extremely stressful. In addition, when you are broke, it is also thoroughly soul-destroying. How do you get on the property ladder when you can´t get a mortgage, and you don´t want to live in matchbox?
285,000 euros, seriously, someone is pulling my leg! This is what I call daylight robbery. And, as importantly, what is the local council doing to ensure that cities provide affordable property for local residents?
As an aside, Edward Elgar is a well-known, and much-loved, British composer from the 20th century. He composed one of my all time classical favourites, so if you want to switch off, chill out and forget your daily problems, then why don´t you listen to Elgar´s Nimrod; it is a life-affirming piece which will warm even hearts made of stone.
Imagine, you have been extremely fortunate as a great-aunt has left you a lot of money in her will. That’s correct; as a result of this inheritance you are no longer as poor as a church mouse. If this situation happened to you, what would you do with the inheritance?
To save up is a phrasal verb which means that you are deliberately keeping money aside so that you can buy something in the future. For example, I’m saving up at the moment so I can afford to go on a thrill-seeking adventure holiday to Sri Lanka and India next year. Unfortunately, at the moment, my piggy bank is completely, and utterly empty! Holy smokes, I need to cut down on buying bottles of wine, bars of chocolate and stupid saucepans! Somebody save me from myself!
The expression: ‘to be loaded’ means you have a lot of money. For example: I’ve just won the lottery and now I’m loaded.
By the way, do you know who the richest 10 people in Spain are? I reckon they are footballers.
Oh, before I forget, to be loaded, also means to be extremely drunk. In fact, on Saturday night I was loaded. Luckily, my friends helped me to find my home as I wasn’t sure which city I was in and I couldn’t remember my name! I also slept in my bath which was not comfortable. Drinking, wine, beer, spirits and shots on the same night is not advisable!
To be as poor as a church mouse is an idiom which means you have no money, in other words, you are extremely poor. For example, as a result of the economic crisis a lot of families are as poor as church mice.