These days, rising food prices may be busting your grocery budget. But you don’t have to live off ramen to save money. Instead, 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’s Dollar Cravings Menu features seven items for $1, including the Chicken Chipotle Melt, Beef Burrito, Cinnamon Twists and Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito. 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 stands apart from other fast-food picks because it’s one of the least expensive fast food menus with the most options.
Taco Bell’s $1 Menu
- $1 Spicy Potato Soft Taco
- $1 Chicken Chipotle Melt
- $1 Beef Burrito
- $1 Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito
- $1 Cheesy Roll-up
- $1 Chips and Nacho Cheese
- $1 Cinnamon Twists
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.
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.
Also, if you’re a Wendy’s fan, the chain offers one of the best fast-food loyalty programs available.
Wendy’s $1 Menu
- $0.99 4 Pc. 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
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 Wednesday Deal at participating U.S. restaurants when you order online or via the BK App. Each Wednesday, the current deal will be announced.
The app also has great offers, such as a buy-one-get-one-free Double Quarter Pound King; a free three-piece french toast with any purchase; $1 any size french fries, onion rings or hash browns; and $1 any size hot coffee, iced coffee or soft drink.
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 nine items for $1 or less will fill you up on National Greasy Foods Day.
Burger King’s $1 Menu
- $1 Crispy Chicken Jr.
- $1 Rodeo Burger
- $1 Value fries
- $1 Value fountain drink
- $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)
Some fast-food and chain restaurants are raising their prices, but Del Taco’s value offerings are still going strong. You can order everything from burritos to iced coffee for under a dollar at Del Taco’s Buck & Under menu. This Mexican-style eatery offers some of the best fast food deals for a dollar, including specialty items like the Habanero Crispy Chicken Taco. 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 Buck & Under menu.
Del Taco’s $1 Menu
- $1 Jacked Up Value Beans, Rice and Cheese Burrito
- $1 Medium brewed ice tea
- $1 Chicken Rollers
- $1 Crunchtada Tostada
- $1 Chicken Al Carbon Taco
- $1 Mini Cheddar Quesadilla
- $1 3-Layer Queso Nachos
- $1 Donut Bites
- $1 Prima Java Iced Coffee
- $1Value Taco
- $1 Ranch Crispy Chicken Taco
- $1 Habanero Crispy Chicken Taco
Dairy Queen no longer offers a dollar menu, but you can buy a Blizzard of any size for 99 cents with the purchase of a Blizzard at regular price at participating Dairy Queen stores.
Dairy Queen Treat stores and restaurants also serve up different fast food deals throughout the year, including Happy Hour specials, which may include your favorite drinks.
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 cheeseburger, small sundae, pretzel sticks with zesty queso, 2-piece chicken strips, regular fries or any size soft drink.
- $7 Meal Deal — Choose from a 3-piece chicken strip lunch or Deluxe Cheeseburger served with fries, drink and sundae.
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. Food items are also available.
Prices and participation will vary by store, but here is a list of all the items you can find on the McDonald’s Dollar Menu.
McDonald’s $1 $2 $3 Menu
- $1.19 McChicken
- $1.99 McDouble
- $1.89 French Fries
- $1.89 4 piece McNuggets
- $2.19 Iced Caramel Mocha, Iced French Vanilla Latte, Iced Caramel Latte, Iced Hazelnut Latte, Iced Caramel Macchiato, Iced Latte, Iced Mocha
- $1 Soft Drink, any size
Head to your local donut 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, you can get a donut or a bagel for 99 cents. And if you’re in need of protein, you can get an Egg and Cheese Wrap, an Egg and Cheese Wrap with ham, bacon or sausage or a Turkey Sausage Wrap for less than $1.50 each.
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
- $1.19 Egg and Cheese Wrap
- $1.39 Egg and Cheese Wrap with ham, bacon or sausage
- $1.39 Turkey Sausage Wrap
It’s famous for the freshly brewed coffee, but 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 fill your craving.
Tim Hortons’ $1 Menu
- $0.99 Classic Cookie
- $0.99 Donut
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 from 2 to 4 p.m. and get half-price on slushes, teas and other drinks or order online to get the 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.
Data is accurate as of Oct. 26, 2021, and subject to change.