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It's not worth it to make _______ when I could just buy it

On the flip side of dbcurrie's post, what have you ever attempted to make, and found completely unnecessary for the amount of work you put in? In other words, what short cuts do you justify?

For mind I'd say artichoke hearts, and frozen chopped spinach for MOST recipes - it's not that much effort, I just hate how messy it can be to make it fresh.

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