Can I add that herbs and spices make all the difference to a meal. For example tonight we're having roast chicken pieces and roast potato slices, all up would have ost well under $10, but I rub the chicken and the potato with a little salt, pepper, an Italian herbs mix and a few drops of oil. Roast for an hour and it's beautiful! For something different I could use Thai herbs, or Rosemary, or oregano, or piri piri. A good stock of herbs and spices make your meals tastier and stretch your supplies further.