If the economy finds you eating at home more, fear not, there are all kinds of great budget meals that you can easily make. Fortunately, we tend to have pauper's tastes. We like the simple foods that are affordable like rice and beans. We bought a package of Indianapolis' own Hurst Bean Company's 15 bean soup mix and a package of ham hocks and had a delicious meal.
Since we did not plan ahead, Hurst provides spur of the moment people with a "quick-cook" method. Just cover the rinsed beans with 3 quarts of water, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat, but continue to boil for 60-70 minutes. Keep stirring, otherwise it may burn on the bottom.
After that time, add your ingredients (ham hocks, onion, etc.) then simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
Add the seasoning packet that they provide, then dinner is served.