H: Monica, I heard you're trying to buy a new house, is that true?
M: yes, but seeing the ever-rising prices, I'm afraid I'll never be able to afford one.
H: oh, that's definitely a problem for most of us wage-earners.
M: houses are ridiculously expensive these days.
H: what about second-hand houses?
M: I've been looking but they're not much cheaper and I don't think it's worth all the problems of an older house.
H: do you think the government will take some steps to cool down the overheated real estate market?
M: maybe. But I don't think it will make any difference. The demand is too high.
H: so what's your budget like?
M: I'm thinking between 3,000 yuan and 7,000 yuan per square meter.
H: oh, I see. In that case, you need to wait a while.
M: but I'm afraid it will go from bad to worse. I can't help being worried.
H: take it easy. I heard there may be a "bubble" in the real estate market.
M: you mean it will burst sooner or later.
H: yes, the house prices have already gone down in Shenzhen and Shanghai.
M: that's true. I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed.
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E: hi, Lander. What's wrong?
L: I can hardly make ends meet these days.
E: same here. I have't brought any new clothes for three months.
L: my income remains the same but prices just continue to rise.
E: true. The news says that there is a general increase in the price of daily necessilities.
L: difinitely. I have to spend 300 yuan more on food every month.
E: the biggest price jump is for pork, so most people have to turn to chicken.
L: is that inflation?
E: inflation is more than just the rising prices, I guess. But the central bank is warning about the risk of inflation.
L: has the government taken some measures to curb it?
E: yes. The government has banned price hikes in some key industries like energy.
L: but I'm afraid the price hikes will spill over from food into other areas of the economy.
E: you said it. I think we should tighten our budget and cut our spending.
E: for a start, we can take the public transport to work. You know, running a car is a big expense.
L: sounds a good idea.
L: hey Ella. I was wondering if you could do me a favor.
E: sure. What is it?
L: it's kind of a big favor. I quit my job last week and I'm hunting for a new one now. Could you introduce me to your company?
E: I'd love me, but we're not hiring at the moment. However, I will ask around in case there is one.
L: thanks. I asked for a pay rise last Friday, but my boss refused.
E: so you decided to leave?
L: yes. I really like working there, but my salary just isn't enough to cover the basics. Living expenses keep going up, but my salary stays the same. I can hardly afford food and rent.
E: I see. When is your contract up on your apartment?
L: next month. My landlady said I could either move out then or renew my contract for another 6 months.
E: I'd love to help you out, but I'm a bit short on cash this month as well. If you need you can move in with me when your contract is up. There is an extra room in my apartment.
L: that's very generous of you. I can share the meal bills.
E: it's okay. These are tough times, but I guess we'll just have to learn to live frugally.
L: definitely. That will save us a lot of money.