IELTS Cue Card Sample 166 - Describe something expensive you have purchased recently

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe something expensive you have purchased recently.

You should say:

  • what it is and when you have purchased it
  • whether you saved money for that
  • where you purchased it from

and explain why you purchased it.


Model Answer 1:

I don’t really like to purchase any expensive item unless I have a very valid reason to do so. Of course, people would choose to define expensive differently, but I am not really debating here as to what really should be considered as expensive and what shouldn’t be. Instead, I am here to talk about an expensive item that I have purchased recently.

It is a branded perfume, and I bought it (more like “forced” to buy it) about a couple of months ago when I was visiting a new perfume store with one of my friends in my hometown. By the way, I do like to use different kinds of perfumes because the same scent or fragrance, if used for a long period of time, loses its appeal to me. So, I try to buy affordable perfumes at a more regular interval instead of spending a fortune in buying some expensive perfumes.

Anyway, after visiting the new perfume store, I found that it was selling a lot of perfumes at a discounted price, apparently, in an effort to make the store popular to customers. However, I noticed that even though the perfumes were selling at a discounted rate, I felt that they were still expensive. But, my friend thought otherwise and convinced me to purchase a certain perfume. I had never really bought this kind of perfume up until that day nor was I too sure about saving any money, but one thing was for sure that the perfume would last for a considerably longer period of time.

Anyway, I purchased the expensive perfume, mainly because my friend had convinced me to do so. Of course, I also went along with his idea because I felt that it was a very nice perfume, and it would help me to change my taste in perfume for a little while.  Finally, I bought it also because I wanted to build a good rapport with the new store so that if I would ever go back to that store again in the future, it would offer me some better price.


Sample Answer 2:

The expensive thing that I recently bought is a Sony Vaio laptop which cost me around $2000. The Sony laptop I bought is a third-generation i7 laptop and it came with the original Windows 8 operating system. I bought it 3 months ago from the computer market. This is the largest computer and electronics market in our city. I bought it from the Sony showroom and they gave me 2 years warranty on my laptop. 

Yes, I had to save money to buy it. My previous laptop was getting out-of-date and I needed a new laptop with a better configuration. I finalised my budget after comparing the prices and brands 7-8 months ago and I started saving money from then.

My father has given me 50% of the price and the remaining half came from my savings. I saved the money from the amount I earn from my part-time job and a portion of the money was saved from the monthly expense I got from my parents. Thus I saved the amount required to purchase the laptop in my bank account and withdrew the whole amount before I purchased it.

I was so happy to have this new laptop even though it cost me more than I could afford as a student.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe something you bought this year.
  2. Describe a memorable gift.
  3. Describe a valuable possession you have.
  4. Describe an expensive gift you received.
  5. Describe a gift you gave to someone.
  6. Describe a gift you gave to your friend.
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