(Use during C. T.) Beans are a great way to add fiber and plant-based protein to your diet. Preparing dried beans is a great way to have some money in your grocery budget. Canned beans cost about 70 cents while dried beans cost around 20 cents per cup. You can find dried beans at your local grocery store and can often find them in bulk bins as well. Buying in bulk saves you money because it allows you to only buy the amount you need and pay by the pound. When cooking dried beans, place them in a pot and cover with water. Soak these beans overnight. After soaking, rinse the beans and then simply follow your recipe. Keep in mind that beans will expand as they soak and 1 cup dry beans will yield about 2.5 cups after soaking. Lyra Lemieux is a volunteer at Dana-Farber who is in the Health Science major at University of Massachusetts Boston. She has always had a passion for health and exercise; working in nutrition is the perfect path for her. Lyra is studying to become a registered dietician.