Hungry and have a fiver in your wallet? You can probably fill your belly with it — if you know where to look. Many popular fast food joints offer value menus that will give you plenty of bang for your buck in the form of one-price value meals, low-cost regular menu items and even the rare dollar menu.
Click through to see the best cheap eats at fast food restaurants nationwide.
15. Arby’s Sliders, Snacks and Friends of Meat
Enjoy 14 tasty value items under Arby’s Sliders, Snacks and Friends of Meat menu headings with some prices under $2. For example, grab any five sliders and snacks for just $8.49.
14. Subway $4.99 Footlongs and Fresh Fit Six-Inch Subs
Grab a $4.99 Footlong in a choice of popular flavors that include Cold Cut Combo, Meatball Marinara, Spicy Italian, Black Forest Ham and Veggie Delite. Fresh Fit six-inch subs come in eight flavors such as Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, Roast Beef and Subway Club.
13. McDonald’s Everyday Value Menu
Keeping it cheap is easy with McDonald’s new $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu. Each price level includes four menu options to mix and match as you like. Tear into a Triple Cheeseburger for $3 or grab a McChicken or cheeseburger for a buck each. And don’t forget a drink — it’s just $1 for any size.
12. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s $5 All Star Meal
Depending on your location in the U.S., you might nibble your Famous Star under the name of Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr. The restaurant rolled out its $5 All Star Meals featuring a charbroiled double cheeseburger, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Natural-Cut Fries and a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie paired up with a 20-ounce fountain drink to wash it all down.
11. Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready Classics
When you’re craving pizza but want a good deal, Little Caesars’ Hot-N-Ready Classics are only $5. Choose from pepperoni, cheese or, in some locations, sausage for the deal. For an extra buck get the $9 ExtraMostBestest pizza topped with more than 50 pepperoni slices swimming in a heaping helping of cheese.
10. Dairy Queen $5 Buck Lunch and $6 Buck Lunch
When you’re hungry for a full meal, try one of Dairy Queen’s two value meals. The $5 Buck Lunch teams up three chicken strips, Deluxe Cheeseburger, KC BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger — all served with fries or instead of a burger you can choose a crispy chicken salad, a 21-ounce drink and a sundae. If you have an extra buck and an appetite, sink your teeth into the $6 Buck Lunch with a choice of a Crispy Chicken Sandwich or 1/3 lb. Double with Cheese. You can swap out your sundae on either meal for a small Blizzard treat for one more dollar.
9. KFC $5 Fill Ups
You might have to find some change under your car seat to pay tax, but KFC’s $5 Fill Ups serve up a full meal for your money. Bite into Extra Crispy Tenders, two-piece drumstick and thigh or chicken breast with mashed potatoes. Or, delve into a Famous Bowl or pot pie — plus a soft drink and cookie.
8. Sonic Everyday Deals
Choose from entrees, sides, drinks and desserts on Sonic’s Everyday Deals menu. Offerings such as the half-price cheeseburgers every Tuesday night, happy hour half-price drinks and slushies, as well as half-price shakes every night after 8 pm.
7. Jack in the Box’s Value Jack’s Way
With Jack in the Box’s Value Jack’s Way menu, you can munch on three tacos and a small drink for $3. You can also get a five-piece order of chicken nuggets or eight-piece mini pancakes for just a buck.
6. White Castle Sliders and Sides
You’ll have no problem finding items for less than $2 at White Castle. Stretch your dollar by ordering an Original Slider or opt for a Bacon Cheese Slider, or the Chicken Breast Slider. Keep the little burgers company with a small order of fries, onion rings or applesauce for less than $2 each.
5. Culver’s Snackpak Meals
Get a full meal for about $5 with Culver’s Snackpak. You’ll get Crinkle Cut Fries and a small drink plus a choice of nine entrees. The selection of ButterBurgers, Deluxe Singles and Chicken Tenders makes it easy to come back for more money-saving meals time after time.
4. Wendy’s Right Price Right Size and 4 for $4
Whether you want a value price on individual items or an entire meal, you can find it at Wendy’s. The restaurant’s Right Price Right Size menu boasts a dozen items under $2 each. Entrees include burgers, nuggets and wraps.
Or, grab the expanded 4 for $4 Meal, which delivers your choice of eight entrees alongside chicken nuggets, a drink and fries.
3. Burger King Value Menu
Burger King regularly runs limited-time offers, but it also has a value menu with items ranging from $1 to just under $2. Sandwiches for a buck include the Crispy Chicken Jr., Spicy Crispy Chicken Jr. and Cheeseburger. Mix it up with value-priced sides and drinks at a bargain price. Add a soft serve ice cream cone for $1 as well.
2. Taco Bell Dollar Cravings Menu
With more than 20 items for only $1, Taco Bell’s Dollar Cravings menu makes it possible to fill up for your fiver.
Start with an appetizer of Triple Layer Nachos, then move on to a Spicy Tostada or Beefy Mini Quesadilla. If you’re a non-meat eater, try the Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Cheesy Roll-Up or Cheesy Bean & Rice Burrito. You can even add a $1 dessert such as Cinnabon Delights, or Cinnamon Twists.
1. Del Taco Buck and Under Menu
Del Taco’s Buck and Under menu tops the list for its choice of a dozen entrees and snacks that let you try something new each time you visit. Try a Crunchtada Tostada or a Jacked Up Value Bean, Rice & Cheese Burrito to start. Wash it down with a Prima Java Iced Coffee or Real Strawberry Lemonade, all for a dollar or less each.
Prices and menu items mentioned in this article might vary by location.
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