Updated: Jun 17
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some people think saving money is good, but others think that spending
money is a better way to enjoy life.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
SAMPLE ANSWER: Number of words: Student: Paola from Peru Band Score: 7.5
We are currently living in an experience economy. Moreover, we are leaning towards consumerism believing that material things will bring happiness. However, we are not paying attention to the future nor having a retirement plan. Although I believe that we should enjoy the present to the fullest spending on experiences, in my opinion, it is also crucial to have a savings or investment plan in place.
There is no doubt that money plays an important role in our lives. The more income you have, the more comfortable life can be. For instance, I have been lucky enough to travel the world and create experiences that will last forever. Moreover, we cannot predict the future and cannot ensure we will live a long life. Therefore, some may argue that we should enjoy every minute while we are alive, going out with friends, dining at the best restaurants, and pampering yourself every now and then.
Are we expecting to become a burden for our families and or the government? This is the main reason why I believe it is extremely important to have investments or a source of income when we retire. Additionally, it will reduce the stress of unforeseen situations such as dealing with an expensive treatment for a health issue or having to help a family member who may need economic support. For instance, five years ago, I used to focus on the present instead of saving for the future. Nowadays, it makes me really worried about the fact I have not invested in property yet which makes me feel quite anxious.
In conclusion, we as individuals must live a more balanced life enjoying the present but also contemplating and planning for the future.