Quoting Shawnee+Fathead♥:" Okay ladies, we are SUPER tight on cash right now, adn we need some ideas for a very cheap, filling meal. ... [snip!] ... and tuna casserole (velveeta shells and cheese, tuna and a can of peas) We've over-eaten pasta. But any ideas would be great!"Rice is a very much overlooked and under appreciated staple to a good diet. Some folks slam it because of the amount of starch that it adds to your diet. You can cook it a variety of ways and stretch out a food bill. Buy the real stuff and get a real rice cooker. Don't go with Uncle Bens. Rice cookers are fairly cheap as is a bag of rice. I like Hinode or Calrose for brands. You can get either brand at most stores. A 10 pound bag of rice will go a long way and you can pair it with just about anything.