Before the economy got so bad and I was working a lot more hours, we used to look at the things we needed, and spend my check on those things, like painting, or house maintenance. We were trying to get things ready for retirement, replacing old appliances etc..
Today things are a bit different, as my check now goes for living expenses. We don't spend as much on our hobbies and the things we just want to have, rather than need.
We think twice about running to town and BBQ'ing steaks or something else. We tend to eat a lot of chicken and don't eat out as much.