Best fast-food items you can get for $1 or less

When hunger pangs strike and the budget is tight, heading to your nearest fast food restaurant might be the best way to satisfy your appetite without breaking the bank. Many of today’s most popular fast food restaurants are serving up fast food specials and deals on a value menu, while others offer a handful of items 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. If you only have a $1 to spend, click through to see restaurants offering the best fast food deals for less.

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Taco Bell

Taco Bell’s New Dollar Cravings Menu features 11 items for $1, including the Beefy Fritos Burrito, Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla, Cinnabon Delights 2 Pack and Triple Layer Nachos. 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.

Want to spice up your meal? Order the Spicy Tostada and have ingredients removed at no extra cost — this item, along with several others on the dollar menu, are made to order. The $1 Morning Value Menu is available until 11 a.m. and includes fan favorites, such as the Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla and a Mini Skillet Bowl.

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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.

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. And Wendy’s might still be your go-to spot for dessert. The Small Frosty is an affordable treat at just 99 cents.

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Burger King

Burger King has also raised its prices of late, so there’s no official "dollar menu" available. However, you might be able to find a few items for a buck on the Value Menu, depending on where you live. Burger King has also run a "5 for $4 Deal" in the past.

The BK Stacker might be your best bet if you’re craving a juicy hamburger with cheese. If you're in the mood for chicken, order a Chicken Jr. or 4-Piece Chicken Nuggets for a dollar. And a small ice cream cone will cost you just 89 cents. Still, your best bet might be a good old-fashioned $1 hamburger.

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Del Taco

You can order everything from burritos to chicken rollers for under a dollar at Del Taco. This Mexican-style eatery offers some of the best fast food deals for a dollar, including specialty items like the Chorizo Breakfast 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.

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Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen no longer offers a dollar menu, but you can take advantage of $1 (or less) fast food deals here. You can buy a Blizzard for 99 cents with the purchase of a Blizzard at regular price.

Dairy Queen Treat stores and restaurants also serve up different fast food deals throughout the year, including Happy Hour specials. For example, you can get your caffeine fix for less by ordering a small iced coffee for $1 or a small Ultimate Frappe for $2.

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McDonald’s

You won’t find a dollar menu at McDonald’s anymore, but you can scoop up a Southern Style McChicken Biscuit for 99 cents. McDonald’s dropped its McPick 2 offerings last year and replaced its original Dollar Menu in 2013. However, the fast food institution regularly offers seasonal deals to help you save.

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Perhaps in response to falling sales, analysts are predicting that there will be new menu offerings at the $1 price point in late 2017 and early 2018, so you might have more options in the near future.

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Dunkin’ Donuts

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, 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 $1.

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Tim Hortons

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 treat yourself to some signature, bite-sized donut holes with some extra change.

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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 eat your fill of burgers, fries, shakes and other fast food favorites at Sonic.

While there’s no dollar menu to choose from here, you can get corn dogs for 99 cents during the happy hour that runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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Steak ‘n Shake

Steak 'n Shake’s value offerings include 24 meals under $4, including the Triple Steakburger and the Guacamole Steakburger with fries. However, you can find a couple of items that cost less than $1 hidden in the regular menu. A Steakburger Shooter is 89 cents, and a Steakburger Shooter with cheese is 99 cents.

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Disclaimer: Some prices might vary by location. All prices were sourced from official restaurant websites or confirmed by calling local establishments.

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