What are your favorite ideas for budget meals? I stock up on Ramen noodles (the ones that come in the block package) and have learned to dress them up and fix them a multitude of ways. Very inexpensive, lightening fast preparation and with a few additions you get a dish that can serve one hearty eater (me) or two sides. I break up and cook the noodles first and drain them. Saute my other ingredients in a little olive oil (peppers, onions, garlic) add the noodles and some salmon or tuna or other meat or veggies and season to taste. (I toss the seasoning packet because it has way too much salt). I also stock up on dried beans, especially kidney and pink beans. One bag in the crock pot yields enough to feed a family, so it lasts me for days and I can freeze some. The flat corn tortillas are very inexpensive, about $1.50 for a stack of 50 from my corner store. So I can enjoy the beans over rice, or mash them as a filling for the tortillas. They keep very well and my two dogs (since I'm single) prefer them over canned food when I make them . You're done ALREADY!