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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:38:59 PM
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Hi,

Is there an expression, a phrasal verb or otherwise, that means "to switch to a less advanced, expensive, etc., product or service" probably because one is financially embarrassed?

I'd appreciate your help.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 11:35:06 PM

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In general to spend less money is to economise.
That would involve switching to cheaper products, if you can't do without them.

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economize
verb [ I ] (UK usually economise)
UK /iˈkɒn.ə.maɪz/ US /iˈkɑː.nə.maɪz/

to try to save money by reducing the amount that you are spending:
You could economize on food by not eating in restaurants all the time.
A lot of companies are trying to economize by not taking on new staff.


raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 11:40:21 PM
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Thank you, but I'm looking for an expression whose object refers to a less expensive product or service.

E.g. He decided to ____ the service because he doesn't earn as much money as he used to.

Kaarmes
Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:38:06 AM
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Not exactly what you are looking for, but you could use the word affordable in your sentence

affordable

adj.
considered to be within one's financial means.
thar
Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:02:56 AM

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I don't really think their is anything.

He decided to switch to a cheaper service...


The company can do something to the service, but you can't.

I have seen a thread on 'downsize' which is to move to something smaller - eg sell your house or car and buy a cheaper one.

To go downmarket is perjorative - that implies something is not just cheaper but inferior - not just cheap but tacky and tasteless.
It is not a term you would use when you are just talking about spending less money, because you can still buy things for an appropriate quality for the price you pay.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:12:19 PM

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Well - if one changes to a better, more expensive service or product, one "upgrades".

So the opposite is "downgrade".
However, that has the same unfortunate implications that thar mentioned - in fact the word "downgrade" is used a a synonym for debase, degrade, demean.

Like the others, I can't think of a good single word.
"Reduce" might work in some cases, but "He decided to switch to a (lesser/cheaper/more basic) service . . ." seems more natural to me.
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