If you're like me, you're always looking for the cheapest way you can eat, especially when it comes to feeding not only you but your kids as well. Next time you're out and about on a tight budget and a slim wallet to match, consider these top 5 ideas in no particular order

5.) Royal Buffet

Royal Buffet

Most Chinese buffet-style restaurants are alright, but the Royal Buffet off 40th and Summitview is one of my favorites. Nevermind the buffet for a moment, though. The great thing is you can also Pay by the Pound. When you eat there or any buffet for that matter you know they frown heavily on sharing an "all-you-can-eat" and will probably get you kicked out if caught. Just say you're getting it to go, they'll give you one or some containers and pile up as much as you want. I can get about 2 containers packed with food to feed my family of 5 and for less than $20.

4.) Scrumptious Bakery

Scrumptious Bakery

Scrumptious Bakery is a hidden gem in Yakima. Located at Track 29 in downtown Yakima, sure they have killer cupcakes but great food, too. Daily specials all the time. In fact, when I took this picture of this Red Velvet cupcake the special that day was a kielbasa dog meal for about $5. I grabbed two dogs and about 5 cupcakes for less than $20

3.) El Porton

el porton

El Porton has great prices anyways, but here's the kicker - Free chips! Why not get a combo meal to split amongst 2 or 3 of you and fill up on chips and salsa. I've done it a few times before. Just ask for a 3 burrito combo meal and some extra plates. So far, they've been very helpful and understanding about it.

2.) Wray's Food and Drug

wrays food and drug

I'll go on the record by saying that, until proven otherwise, Wray's Food and Drug also has the best fried chicken in town. That's right, thee best I've had in Yakima. We don't think much about ordering from the deli case of any local grocery store, but Wray's on 56th and Summitview has killer fried chicken, chicken strips, cheese filled tater tots and more and phenomenal prices. You can ask the girls behind the counter if they've seen a tall guy with glasses come in there and they'll say that he (I) come in all the time, literally 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes more.

1.) Costco


Who hasn't gone to Costco just for the free samples? If you didn't raise you hand you're a liar! Casually show up on a Saturday or Sunday and free samples as far as thee I can see. Load up, seem interested and when they're not looking, grab 4 or 5 more samples. Sure, why not, they're free. The good news about Costco is that if you're not completely satisfied by the time you leave, you can always grab a sausage dog or slice of pizza with a drink for less than $1.50.

Do you agree or disagree with anything on this list? Maybe we left out your favorite cheap eats place. Comment below, I'd love to see what you have on mind.

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