When I think about eating on a budget, I can't think of anything more cost-efficient than beans. The bag of beans was 59 cents. Now that is a bargain!
1 small bag of beans, sorted and soaked over night
1 small onion, small dice
6-8 slices of bacon, chopped
6-8 cups water
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Place bacon in pan and fry. Remove bacon. Saute onion in bacon grease. Add beans, bacon, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low and cook for two hours covered.
Serve with cornbread.