10 cheap fast food hacks to slash the cost of your bill

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We love fast food because it's quick, easy, and sometimes we just feel like giving into that greasy goodness.

But the true allure of fast food restaurants is that, plain and simple, they're cheap.

Though most fast food picks won't necessarily leave you with great options nutritionally, if you're looking for something fast and inexpensive, a meal here and there will do the trick.

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And what's even better than a cheap meal? Getting the same meal for even cheaper.

We rounded up 10 pretty genius hacks to lessen the cost of certain menu items at the most popular fast food restaurants.

Here are our 10 best picks:

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Restaurant: McDonald’s

Hack: Order two four-piece nuggets instead of one six-piece. It’s cheaper, you get more nuggets and you get more sauces. Score.

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Restaurant: McDonald’s

Hack: Order a McDouble without the ketchup and mustard but with lettuce and Big Mac sauce. You'll pay for the Big Mac taste for the price of a McDouble.

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Restaurant: Chipotle

Hack: Order half of one protein and half of another kind (like chicken and steak). You’ll almost always get more than half of each and end up with up to 1.5x the protein in your burrito or bowl for the price of a normal portion.

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Restaurant: Krispy Kreme

Hack: Fill out the survey on the bottom of your receipt for a free doughnut with the purchase of one. Hypothetically if you kept doing this, you could win unlimited free doughnuts. Not advised.

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Restaurant: Arby’s

Hack: Order two junior roast beef sandwiches instead of one regular classic. You'll end up with more meat for a lower price.

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Restaurant: Jamba Juice

Hack: Substitute any ingredient in any smoothie for the same price. If you’re craving a smoothie with non-fat yogurt instead of mango, or extra strawberries instead of blueberries, customize it to your liking without any extra charge. It will save you more than being charged for creating your own smoothie from scratch.

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Restaurant: Jack in the Box

Hack: Order two Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers and combine them into one for a much cheaper version of a Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger. 

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Restaurant: McDonald’s

Hack: Order a sausage McMuffin off of the dollar menu but ask for the sausage to be substituted with egg—an egg McMuffin for a dollar.

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Restaurant: Any pizza place

Hack: When you call to order delivery, ask if there were any orders that weren’t delivered—the pizza place will often give you those orders for a discounted price (perfect if cold pizza is your thing.)

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Restaurant: Subway

Hack: Order a Double Steak and Cheese Sub instead of the Philly Cheese Steak Sub—you’ll get the same sandwich at a normal foot-long price.

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Oftentimes, it's all about getting creative. Combining or customizing certain menu items can give you a much cheaper (and maybe even tastier) option of the item that you're craving.

So whether you're a McNugget lover or a loyal Krispy Kreme dessert-er, there's always ways to slash the cost of your favorite fast food fix.

Now, check out how the price of a milkshake varies at different fast food joints around the world:

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9. Baskin-Robbins: $6.69 (L)

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8. Sonic: $5.98 (L)

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7. Friendly's: $4.99

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6. Dairy Queen: $4.59 (L)

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5. Burger King: $3.49 (L)

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4. Wendy's: $3.29 (L)

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3. Chick-fil-A: $3.15 (L)

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2. Arby's: $2.99 (L)

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1. McDonald's: $2.89 (L)

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