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15 Delicious Fast-Food Items You Can Get For $1

Yes, it's possible to get a cheap meal at the drive-thru!

Fast food isn't great for you, but it sure is tasty—and affordable. There's a good chance that if you're doing takeout from McDonald's or Burger King, value is at least a factor in your decision. And what's a better value than a snack you can get for a single George Washington? That's right: You can get these fast-food items for just $1.

From mini shakes to tacos to a cup of coffee, here are some of the most delicious, cheap buys you can get at the drive-thru. (If you have $5, you'll really be living large.)

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Taco Bell Nacho Crunch Double-Stacked Taco

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This Taco Bell offering combines the tastiness of a hard-shell taco and a soft-shell one, all with a melty layer of nacho cheese. Yep, we're drooling too.

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Burger King Mini Shakes

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Whether you can't finish a large milkshake or you're just looking for a sweet deal, you can't beat spending $1 for a frozen treat on a hot day.

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McDonald's Iced Tea

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A sweetened or unsweetened iced tea of any size at McDonald's won't set you back more than a dollar. Now that's sweet.

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Burger King Jalapeño Cheddar Bites

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If jalapeño poppers are your favorite happy hour appetizer, you'll be happy to know that this Burger King version is pretty close to the real deal. And at just $1 for four pieces, it's worth adding them onto your meal.

McDonald's Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Technically, this isn't $1—it's 99 cents! After cookies briefly disappeared from the McDonald's menu this summer, they've made their glorious return at an unbeatable price point.

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Wendy's Junior Frosty

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Whether you prefer chocolate or vanilla Frosty treats from Wendy's, a junior size will set you back just 99 cents (plus tax, of course).

Burger King Decaf Coffee

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When it comes to deals, decaf coffee drinkers have a leg up at Burger King. A cup of regular coffee is $1.19, but decaf is just $1. And that's for any size coffee, too.

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Wendy's Coffee

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Unlike Burger King, Wendy's doesn't have different prices for regular and decaf coffee. A small of either caffeination level is just 99 cents.

Taco Bell Beefy Fritos Burrito

taco bell beefy fritos burrito
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If you love having a little crunch in your burrito, you have to try this Taco Bell option, which is filled with Fritos. Yum!

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Wendy's Apple Bites

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If you're looking for a cheaper (and healthier) alternative to fries, a side of apple bites at Wendy's is just 99 cents. Comparatively, the fry prices start at $1.59.

McDonald's Apple Slices

mcdonalds apple slices

Not to be outdone, McDonald's is also serving its apple side for just $1. It's the perfect add-on to make your meal a little more nutritious.

Wendy's Sausage Biscuit

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Surprisingly, a sausage biscuit from Wendy's costs less than a plain, untopped biscuit. If you don't mind not having the egg and cheese on your sandwich, this is one affordable on-the-go breakfast.

7-Eleven Big Bite Hot Dog

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If you're looking for a deal, 7-Eleven has a lot of food options you might not know about. The hot dog, which you can top with onions, relish, and cheese, is just a dollar for a quarter-pound dog through this weekend.

Taco Bell Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla Melt

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Taco Bell is no longer serving the shredded chicken mini quesadilla, but this value menu item might be even better. It's all the taste of the quesadilla, wrapped into a burrito-style format.

7-Eleven Hot Coffee

7 eleven coffee cup with beans

If you join the 7-Eleven rewards program through the brand's app, you can get a hot coffee of any size for just $1.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more about Meghan