The essence of farm living is, "Waste not; want not." My grandparents and parents had ways of finding a use for everything. We weren't 5 minutes away from the shopping centers. Trips to town were once a week, and we had to make do with what we had. Nothing was thrown out until it was completely used up. Thrifty was a way of life, and it was passed down to me. Thankfully.
The recent recession opened many people's eyes to the art of living thrifty and saving money, and there are so many ways to do that. One way to start is with your food purchases. I've heard so many people say that the farmer's market is more expensive than the grocery store, but you really do get what you pay for. When you invest extra cents (it really isn't that much more costwise) in your food purchases, you'll find ways to utilize those leftovers, especially after you sink your teeth into that seasonal yumminess!
For the best in homemade soup, get a small, quart-size freezer container, and freeze leftover cooked veges as you have them. When the container is full, it's time for soup night. Open a can of tomatoes and add all those leftover veges, simmer, and serve. Yummy, nutritious, and most of all, thrifty.