My Top 5 Recession Foods

1) Oatmeal – Not only is it my son’s favorite food, bu for about $2 a week I can feed breakfast to my whole family, and have a snack at work. Throw in $1.50 for some raisins if you have a fancy palette.

2) Pancakes – The just-add-water variety is the cheapest (and still edible) but Bisquick won’t break the bank. Mixed with some cheap syrup and you have enough carbs to get you through a week.

3) Spaghetti – Cheap, healthy, and versatile. Hunts makes 30 different sauces for a dollar.

4) Corn on the Cob – A wise man said, “Corn-on-the-cob should be called ‘corn.’ Everything else is corn-off-the-cob.” That has no relevance here. But 5-6 for $1 does.

5) Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich – Hands down the best 99 cents I’ve spent since you could get M&M’s 3 for $1 at 7 Eleven. McD’s, Burger King, and KFC all bow before Dave Thomas’ posthumous mastery of the mystery chicken sandwich.

Hon. Mention) Peanut Butter & Jelly – Usually cheap and always satisfying. This one just missed the list because my wife insists we get fancy jelly, which defeats the purpose.