1. 省吃俭用 shĕng chī jiăn yòng – to live frugally
Why it’s important: As someone who grew up with my family’s small business, I have a deep understanding of saving for a rainy day and living modestly. This is a personal favorite of mine because of how it resonates with my upbringing and, more than an expression, it’s also a reminder for us to separate needs vs. wants in this utterly consumer-driven world. This lifestyle rings even more true for travelers on a budget.
How you can use it: It comes in handy when explaining sacrifices you make to achieve a certain goal (i.e., travel to Europe, save up for college, etc).
Sample sentence: 他们 不得不 省吃俭用 以便 送 儿子 进 大学.
tā men5 bù de5 bù shĕng chī jiăn yòng yĭ biàn sòng ér zi5 jìn dà xué.
They had to skimp (on everything) to send their sons to college.