I thought we could use this thread since things have turned so badly in our economy. Eating is a big deal in our house. I like trying new things. Ever since we had the kids, we stopped eating out as much (first because of the toddler tantrums, now because I hate the children's menu and the adult portions are too much for them). This turned out to be a big savings. Even in a chain restaurants, like Applebees, you can can't get away without spending $40. I look over the supermarket circulars and buy up the sale items and find recipes for these ingredients. I also have a spare freezer which I use for meats on sale. Cooking at home is not only saves money, but can be healthier as well. I know time is an issue for most folks. A friend of mine gave me a crockpot 5 years ago and this has been a keeper. You can set it up the night before, add the meat in the morning and when you come home, you'll have your home smelling like Martha Stewart's kitchen. Home maintenance and home repairs are huge bucks too. We do as much as we can like mowing the lawn, landscaping. There is repair information out there in the internet on almost every single appliance. We talk to our neighbors and we get advice on repairs on the house and the car. I know there are more ideas out there. Let's keep them coming.