These Are the Best Dollar Menu Items in America

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These days, rising food prices may be busting your grocery budget. But you don’t have to live off ramen to save money — head to your nearest fast food restaurant to satisfy your appetite; especially since many popular fast food restaurants are serving deals for $1 or less.

Whether you’re craving a cheeseburger or want to try a new taco creation, get your fill without spending a lot of cash.

Taco Bell

Although Taco Bell has trimmed its Cravings Value Menu to three items for $1 — Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Cinnamon Twists and Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito — you can still get favorites like the Spicy Cheesy Double Beef Burrito and the Chipotle Ranch Grilled Chicken Burrito for only $2.

You also have the option to customize some of these items with upgrades like guacamole, jalapeño peppers and fire roasted salsa for an extra fee.

Taco Bell’s $1 Menu

  • $1 Spicy Potato Soft Taco
  • $1 Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito
  • $1 Cinnamon Twists

Wendy’s

No longer offering a dollar menu, Wendy’s increased the price of many of its former dollar menu items with the introduction of its Right Price Right Size Menu.

Make Your Money Work for You

However, you can still get a handful of items for under a buck, including the classic Junior Cheeseburger, Crispy Chicken Sandwich and 4-Piece Chicken Nuggets. Also, Wendy’s might still be your go-to spot for dessert — a small Frosty is an affordable treat at just 99 cents.

Bring a buck to Wendy’s and you can nosh on six menu items. Or try the special featuring four items for $4.

Wendy’s $1 Menu

  • $0.99 4-piece Regular or Spicy Chicken Nuggets
  • $0.99 Crispy Chicken Sandwich
  • $0.99 Jr. Cheeseburger
  • $0.99 Small Frosty
  • $0.99 Value Natural-Cut Fries
  • $0.99 Value Soft Drink
  • 4 for $4 Meal

Burger King

At Burger King, you might be able to find a few items for a buck on the $1 Your Way Menu, depending on where you live. Items include the Rodeo Burger, Chicken Jr., Value fries and Value fountain drink.

Burger King also offers a $3 Whopper Wednesday or Impossible Whopper Wednesday deal at participating U.S. restaurants when you use the BK App or bk.com to order. The app also has great offers on BK favorites like the Original Chicken Sandwich, deals on Family Bundles and Snack Boxes, $1 for any size french fries or onion rings and a BOGO Whopper offer.

Make Your Money Work for You

And if you’re a new user, you can get a free Whopper, Croissan’wich or Original Chicken Sandwich with a $3 purchase.

Although there’s not an official dollar menu, these 11 items for $1 will fill you up on National Junk Food Day.

Burger King’s $1 Menu

  • $1 Crispy Chicken Jr.
  • $1 Spicy Crispy Chicken Jr.
  • $1 Rodeo Burger
  • $1 Rodeo Crispy Chicken
  • $1 Hamburger
  • $1 Cheeseburger
  • $1 Cookies
  • $1 Soft Serve Cup or Cone
  • $1 French Toast Sticks
  • $1 Any size hash browns, onion rings or fries via the app
  • $1 Any size hot coffee, iced coffee or soft drink via the app

Del Taco

Del Taco has retired its Buck & Under menu, but you can still order everything from burritos to iced coffee for under two dollars from its 20 Under $2 menu. This Mexican-style eatery offers some of the best fast food deals for under $2, including specialty items like the Chicken Del Carbon Taco and the new Chicken Cheddar Rollers.

Make Your Money Work for You

If you’re craving something crunchy and filling, the Crunchtada Tostada might be your best pick because it’s loaded with refried beans, tangy salsa and cheddar cheese.

You’re sure to find the foods you’re craving on Del Taco’s 20 Under $2 menu.

Del Taco’s 20 Under $2 Menu

  • $1.75 Chicken Taco Del Carbon
  • $2.15 Chicken Taco Del Carbon Guac’d Up
  • $1.90 Crispy Chicken Taco
  • $2.25 Crispy Chicken Taco Guac’d Up
  • $1.75 Bean & Cheese Burrito with Red Sauce
  • $1.75 Bean & Cheese Burrito with Green Sauce
  • $1.75 NEW Chicken Cheddar Rollers
  • $1.75 Crunchtada Tostada
  • $1.15 Snack Taco
  • $1.40 Snack Queso Quesadilla
  • $1.90 3 Layer Queso Nachos
  • $1.90 Medium Brewed Gold Peak Iced Tea
  • $1.90 Prima Java Iced Coffee
  • $1.90 Mini Shakes
  • $1.75 Donut Bites
  • $1.90 Real Strawberry Lemonade
  • $1.90 Real Strawberry Sprite
  • $2.00 Mini Cinnamon Churros

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen no longer offers a dollar menu, but DQ still serves up different fast food deals throughout the year, including Happy Hour specials, which may include your favorite drinks and the always popular buy-one-get-one for 99 cents Blizzard promotion.

A lonely dollar won’t buy anything at Dairy Queen, but the restaurant runs a value-priced snack menu and lunch deal if your buck brings a few friends.

Dairy Queen’s $1 Menu

  • 2 for $4 Super Snack — Choose any two from a small sundae, pretzel sticks with zesty queso, or regular fries or any size soft drink
  • 2 for $5 Original Cheeseburger or Chili Dog
  • $7 Meal Deal — Choose from a 3-piece chicken strip lunch or Deluxe Cheeseburger served with fries, drink and sundae

McDonald’s

Dollar menu fans, rejoice — the “Golden Arches” has a $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu with items for all occasions. For example, you can get any size soft drink for $1. And for $2, you can get a small McCafe Drink.

Prices and participation will vary by store, but here is a list of all the items you’ll find on the McDonald’s $1 $2 $3 lunch and breakfast value menus.

McDonald’s $1 $2 $3 Menu

  • $1.69 McChicken
  • $2.29 McDouble
  • $1.89 French Fries
  • $2.19 4-piece McNuggets
  • $2 Iced Coffee
  • $1 Soft Drink, any size
  • $2.99 Sausage McGriddle
  • $2.69 Sausage McMuffin
  • $2.09 Sausage Biscuit
  • $2.59 Cappuccinos
  • $1.69 Hash Brown

Dunkin’ Donuts

Head to your local Dunkin’ Donuts destination for breakfast if you’re on a tight budget. Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t have an official dollar menu, but you can find some tasty eats for a buck.

For example, get two Egg & Cheese Wake-Up Wrap Sandwiches for $2 — and add meat for a dollar more at select locations for a limited time. Another one of the best fast food specials around involves the chain’s well-known Munchkins — pick up four of these delicious donut holes for a dollar.

A lonely buck can still satisfy your Dunkin’ desires — even if it doesn’t quite cover a coffee.

Dunkin’ Donuts $1 Menu

  • $0.99 Bagel
  • $0.99 Donut
  • $0.99 Four Munchkins

Tim Hortons

Famous for its freshly brewed coffee, Tim Hortons is also a good place to get your donut fix for under a dollar. Even though the eatery doesn’t have a dollar menu or a value menu, you can pick up a regular donut for 99 cents or for $1 more treat yourself to 10 signature, bite-sized donut holes known as Timbits.

Bring your sweet tooth and a buck and nosh on some classic sweets to satisfy your craving.

Tim Hortons’ $1 Menu

  • $0.99 Classic Cookie
  • $0.99 Donut

Sonic Drive-In

If you’re in the mood for a retro diner experience on a tight budget, pull up for drive-in service and get your fill of fast food favorites at Sonic.

While there’s no dollar menu to choose from here, you can enjoy Sonic’s Happy Hour daily from 2 to 4 p.m. and get half-price on slushes, teas and other drinks or order online to get the same discount all day.

Sonic Drive-In’s $1 Menu

  • Half-price drinks, including soft drinks, iced teas, regular lemonades and limeades, frozen lemonades and limeades, Ocean Water and famous, real fruit and candy slushes
  • Half-price drinks and cheeseburgers when you order through the app or online

Cynthia Measom, Jodi O’Connell and David Nadelle contributed to the reporting for this article.

Prices and deals are subject to change and may vary by location.

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