For the environmentEver since we've had this house, our kitchen trash can has been under the sink, with a plastic bag inside. The other day I came up with the bright idea to get a can with a rigid plastic liner. Now, I use no plastic bags inside it, and Tom just brings it out and dumps it into the plastic bags we must use for the dump. That I can't avoid, but we do now have an alternative for the kitchen. We would go through a bag a day, so that's a lot over time. Plus, it's really pretty!
For the economyMy new stove! Our old one was tired and grungy and tough to clean. This one works so much better. The oven heats up faster, and cooks more evenly. Two of the burners can be large or small, with separate controls. There's a melt temp on one of the small burners. The other day when I made the muffins, I just put the butter and honey in, and didn't even have to watch or stir. Very slowly and gently they melted in the pan. I'm thrilled!