Burglar deterrents, My year of no spending

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opportunist
someone who takes advantage of a situation
deterrent
something that makes people decide not to do something by making them realize that something unpleasant could happen to them
drive (n)
wide path for a car that joins someone's house to a street
respondent
someone who answers questions, for example in survery
mansion
large expensive house
brag
about something such as your achievements or possessions, you talk about them in a proud way that annoys other people
myth
something that people wrongly believe to be true
shell suit
cheap tracksuit made of thin material and worn as ordinary clothes
motion activated
a device which begins to work when it senses someone moving near it
devastating event
event that is very upsetting or shocking
put off
make someone not want to do something
pose
stand or sit in a particular way so that someone can take a photo of you
no-no (n)
something that most people think you should not do
having a field day
have the chance to do something that you really enjoy, especially when it causes trouble for someone else
attentive
listening or watching very carefully
high-visibility
clothing that is brightly coloured and reflects light so the person wearing it can be seen easily
trauma
bad experience that makes you feel very upset, afraid or shocked
impact
effect or an influence
challenge
something that requires a lot of determination to achieve, especially something you have never done before
essentails
basic things that are needed for life
mindless
does not require any thought or intelligence
consumerism
the belief that it is good for a country if people buy and use a lot of goods and services
mortgage
legal agreement in which you borrow money from a bank in order to buy a house
utilities
public services such as gas, water and electricity
dire
it is of a very low standard
abandon
something that you are doing, you stop doing it especially because it is too difficult to continue
gig
public performance, especially of jazz or popular music
frugality
spending very little money and only on things that are really necessary
hit the shops
go shopping and spend a lot of money
practise what you preach
behave in the same way that you try to persuade other people to behave
hypocrite
a person who doesn't practise what she preaches
donation
money that you give to an organization especially one that helps people
retail therapy
the activity of shopping in order to make yourself feel happier
on your doorstep
very near to where you live
awkward
difficult to deal with and embarassing
adventurous
to try new or exciting things
splurge
a situation when you spend a lot of money, especially on something special as a way of making yourself feel good