There are ALWAYS ways to get around a specialty gadget - they were invented to make old cooking techniques more efficient. For example - I thought I'd tackle handmade gnocchi the other day and didn't have a ricer. So I used a cheese grater instead. Granted - I prob wouldn't have known what to do if I didn't have a cheese grater, so I suppose some exceptions surrounding "basic tools" should be made:)
News (paper or online)
What sparked that question was seeing a $19.99 Rachel Ray garbage bowl at Walmart. The idea of it is to save trips to the trash can while cooking. If I am going to pay that kind of money for a bowl, I am going to use it as a bowl, not to collect scraps and paper trash in.
As far as news, save. When I do read it, it is online for free. I rarely read the news or watch it on tv, and I find myself a lot less stressed, and happier. I may not be able to discuss current events as well as most, but it is worth it.
Souvenirs while on holiday