Beans are a staple food item all over the world because they're inexpensive, easy to prepare, nutritious and filling. You can always keep some cans of beans in your pantry, but if you want to save some money, buy dry beans. It takes a little longer to prepare, but you get zero additives and preservatives and they taste better than canned beans. Just be sure to allow time in your meal prep for them to soak. If you're new to buying beans, start with a mix of black, pinto and red beans for your pantry's collection. Beans are great on their own served as a side dish to some veggies and meat. They also make a good addition to casseroles and cold salads.