In France, those who are being frugal were said to be “eating nothing but pasta.” After all, pasta is the quintessential cheap eat, tasty, and filling. But there are lots of other ways to... stretch a dollar without resorting to endless plates of spaghetti. Vegetarian food staples such as beans, lentils, whole grains, and pastas are all cheap ingredients. They are not only nutrient-rich, but are also the bedrock of many of the world’s most delicious cuisines. In combo with veggies and pantry basics like canned tomatoes or canned tuna, with some herbs and spices, can make a feast in no time.