The second budget food tip for 2010 is to keep it real. Instead of going for minute rice, rice mixes or prepackaged meals, stick with plain dried rice, white or brown, your preference. Rather than picking up cans of beans, which are usually full of sodium, pick up dried beans. They will save you a little money and help your body too. Keeping things as real, fresh and local as possible keeps your hard-earned money in your pocketbook!
When using dried beans, one of the easiest methods I have found for getting them prepped, or soaking them, uses my slow cooker. See the slideshow attached for the method! It works well for those who work outside the home but would like to save a buck as well.
The method came from A Year of Slowcooking.