I am a student. I have low income, and I like to eat and cook. For the more experienced individuals and cooks, what are your favorite inexpensive foods/ingredients? I like onions and garlic. I want to say that most of everything I cook will have onions and garlic. Rice, noodles, and potatoes are cheap too. So a lot of times I will just make something with rice, noodles, or potatoes. Maybe beef or chicken. Apparently tri-cut beef is pretty good for being a fraction of the price of sirloin, but I haven't checked the grocery stores if they have that. For example, bechamel sauce is pretty inexpensive. Just butter, flour, milk, and spices. Alfredo, on the other hand, is pretty expensive. Also, I like eating relatively healthy. Looking forward for your insight EDIT: I also love salad, but I haven't looked into prices of already prepared stuff, or if I should just make it all on my own. Also note, that I like food to be relatively simple and fast, unless if it's a slow-cook thing, then I'm ok with that too. Shredded beef makes me excited.