Pancakes are fairly frugal and basic, even if you buy a mix, but why do that when they're so simple and cheaper to make from scratch? Flour can still be bought for less than $2 for five pounds, at least at this writing and five pounds of flour will make a lot of pancakes. I won't promise that price for tomorrow, but you can bet that if the price of flour goes up, so will the price of pancake mixes.
Here's the basic recipe:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
Mix dry ingredients together well and beat egg into milk, then add, stirring gently until almost smooth.
If you want buttermilk pancakes, substitute buttermilk for the milk and baking soda for the baking powder.
You can add whatever you like to make them special, of course. Try blueberries, chopped apples or chocolate chips.