I have always been weary of dry beans. The few times I've tried to cook them up I ended up soaking, boiling, simmering, and then enjoying beans that were somehow both crunchy and mushy. So I quit trying.
But now I do them in the crockpot, and it is foolproof! No soaking to remember, either.
This is about a pound of dried beans, which costs around $1 in the bulk section at Winco.
Rinse them and check for rocks or odd beans.
Put them in the crockpot and cover with several inches of water.
Cook on high for 8 hours.
This batch made at least the equivilant of 6 cans for about $1.
The other day I made pinto beans (included an onion in the crockpot), mashed them up, seasoned them, and had a giant pile of refried beans. Mmmmm. (I didn't take a picture of that, because it looked like a giant pot of refried beans.)