Life can get very busy, people say the economy is tanking, I'm assuming that other people out there are also looking for ways to eat within budget on days when they are tired and have too much to do. I know some weeks can get pretty challenging for me. But there are some desperate acts I'm not yet ready to commit. Like make instant mashed potatoes instead of ones from scratch. Or eat at McDonald's except for breakfast. When life gets rough or there is too much week left until payday I will nuke up leftover pizza, grill up a cheaper brand of hot dogs on sale, bust open a can of condensed soup, but you will never find chicken nuggets in my freezer. I was just wondering where other chowhounds draw the line as far as saving time or money?