The recession has led a lot of people to reflect about what's important in life, like more time with the family, the benefits of a steady job, time spent on improving oneself. Somehow amongst all the hullaballoo, cutting one's vegetables can take a backseat.
If you have the time and the inclination, you should definitely cut your own vegetables. But if you're the family cook and eking out the living at the same time, buying pre-cut vegetables can take the chore out of sluggishly scraping carrots and dicing potatoes.
The average family doesn't eat out as often as before, but it's actually a bonus as we can now introduce more nutritious fare to our families. If you crunch the numbers, you'll find out that fast food causes you more harm in the long run, as it's detrimental to your health and can cause you to run up hospital bills in the future.