Sandwiches are comfort food, and the nostalgia evoked by classics such as simple grilled cheese makes them all the more delicious. These days, bread is dressed up with everything from imported oil-packed sardines to air-dried wagyu beef, but sandwiches are still generally budget-friendly. Plenty of tasty sandwiches can be made for less than $1.
Whether you prefer scrambled, fried, or poached, one egg (30 cents) sprinkled with salt and pepper and sandwiched between two slices of toasted bread (40 cents) makes an excellent start to the day or a quick afternoon snack. There’s even room to dress it up with a smear of mayo (5 cents) or slice of cheese (20 cents) and stay under $1 a serving. (Frugal tip: Check out these ways to put stale bread to use.)