We [I say "we" it's only we if I can't get out of the cooking which is my daily goal!] cook mostly from scratch. I say mostly because I am not above using an appropriate short cut method if it means I can spend less time in the kitchen! One such "cheat" is condensed soup but it now costs 95p per can. By buying a can of ordinary soup and adding some cornflour to thicken it you have the same end result but for less wonga. Huzzah!