Rich or poor, there are some cheap foods we all like to enjoy. Even though we all know it may not be the best for our diets, we like to indulge in them when given the chance. In an online forum, commenters discussed cheap foods even rich people like to eat. These are 12 of their top answers.
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Nothing screams State Fair like corn dogs. People hate to love them, but who doesn’t like a dog on a stick?
“I would never eat 4 hot dogs in one sitting. Unless of course they were covered in deep fried cornbread,” says one person.
It’s hard to see how they’re wrong.
Beans on Toast
Although it may sound nasty, we’ve all had far too many meals of beans on toast. It’s quick, affordable, and full of protein.
That’s right up the alley for many, regardless of income level. One person explains their thoughts, saying “I love beans on toast. I ate it on £2.95 an hour salary before minimum wage, and eat it now on £125k per year. There is nothing that can beat the poor kid out of me.”
In some areas of the world, Spam is a delicacy. I think it’s nasty, but others love it.
“Idc what anyone says Spam has gotten me through some tough times and it never fails especially with some plain fried rice,” adds one person.
Nothing says high class like canned “meat.”
Totino’s Party Pizza
As a poor college student, I lived off of Totino’s Party Pizzas. To call it pizza is generous, but it met the need.
“Not the rolls, the cheap little square pizzas that cost $2. Delicious!!,” comments one person.
Another person adds, “this is the answer i was looking for. i love those horrid things. I like to jazz it up with better ingredients though and just use the pizza as a base.”
An entire dinner for under a buck, few can beat it.
Regardless of your chosen name of the restaurant, people are rare to admit they hate it. That fits for wealthy people too.
“Taco Bell is the only place where you’ll roll up to the drive thru and see a $70,000 Mercedes followed by a ’94 Chevy cavalier with 300,000 on the clock, followed by three guys on a moped. It’s the great equalizer; we all want the same thing, to live mas,” says one person.
Live Mas indeed.
Hot dogs are horrible for you, but who can deny a good hot dog? It’s a meal in your hand, and we all enjoy them.
One commenter even adds how you can class them up, saying “And if I’m feeling extra fancy I’ll cut them up and mix them in Mac & Cheese.”
Mad & Cheese plus hot dogs, what can go wrong?
Oatmeal Cream Pies
Who doesn’t like the sight of Little Debbie and her Oatmeal Cream Pie? The knock offs aren’t satisfactory though, it can only be one brand.
One commenter agrees, saying “There’s something comforting about the synthetic smell of Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream pies.”
Comforting and tasty. Win-win!
Gas Station Food
To call gas station food food is generous. However, we all feel prey to its call when traveling or if you need a mid afternoon pick me up.
“My weakness is definitely gas station food. The construction workers definitely know what’s up. I don’t care if I become a multimillionaire, I’m never passing up fresh gas station food when I’m on a road trip,” adds one commenter.
I don’t know that fresh makes it any better.
Convenience is part of what makes snack food so good. Frozen Taquitos top the list of convenience and taste for many.
One commenter agreed, saying “God, I loved the frozen El Monterey taquitos you’d find at Costco when I was a kid.”
Another person added, “I have to stop myself from buying them because if I do, I wont eat anything else until the bag is finished.”
Chef Boyardee Ravioli
I grew up on Chef Boyardee. There was just something about it as a young child.
One commenter agrees, saying “Ooohhh I love the ‘sketti’ and meatballs with lots of cheese on top and tons of cracked black pepper!! So good!”
Five year old me nods in agreement, give me all the sketti.
Who can deny a bowl of ramen? Poor and rich alike love ramen.
One commenter explains why, saying “Can be modified and improved in hundreds of different ways. Can be eaten as a soup or as a noodle. Delicious.”
Customization for the win.
Kids and adults alike love chicken strips. Regardless if you use ketchup, BBQ sauce, or buffalo sauce, they can be quite tasty.
One commenter shares their confusion, saying”I can’t explain why but I love them. Sometimes I make them from scratch, other times from frozen. Nom nom.”
Another adds their tasty recipe, saying, “Try crushed up flaming hot cheetos as the breading next time you make em from scratch, with buttermilk added to whatever else you dip them in before breading.”
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I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
As a veteran of the financial services industry, I’ve worked as a mutual fund administrator, banker, and stockbroker and was Series 7 and 63-licensed, but I left all that behind in 2012 to help people learn how to manage their money.
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