Five Sandwiches You Can Make When You Don't Have a Lot of Money

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Are you broke? Do you only have $10 in your pocket, yet you need to have enough food for the rest of the week? Have you been considering eating your neighbor's dog food from the bowl they left out on their front porch? I am here to help you! You can have some decent sandwiches to eat the whole week. Sure, maybe it can get boring, but you can still get nourishment.

A lot of broke people will tell you pasta is the way to go. Specifically, they will suggest Ramen noodles. Yes, Ramen noodles is indeed quite cheap. However, it is barely even "food" in my opinion. If you are going to eat pasta for many meals, you will probably want to get real pasta as well as a cheap jar of pasta sauce, and survive on that for a while. For lunch, you will might want something different and easy to make. I have some cheap sandwich suggestions for you.

I typically purchase my sandwich supplies at a low-priced store, such as Target, Walmart, Save-a-Lot, or Food Lion. Also, you can get store brands at places like Safeway or Giant. If you wait for a sale, you can get a loaf of bread for $1. Make sure to get wheat bread if you can since that is better for you than white bread. It also helps to get other products for your sandwiches when you have coupons and there is a sale. All of these sandwiches on this list should be very inexpensive, easy to make, and convenient for travelling to work.

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Jelly Sandwich

Eat like the King with a peanut butter, banana, and jelly sandwich. OK, maybe not exactly like the King. Elvis Presley was quite a fan of grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Personally, I find that to be a bit gross and not that convenient to make. I would know... I have tried it. Instead, I recommend a basic peanut butter and jelly sandwich (not grilled or full of grease!) with banana slices on it.

In all honesty, you don't even need the jelly, but I find that makes the sandwich moist. The banana adds some nutrients to the entire sandwich. Peanut butter is good for protein. Sure, this is still not the healthiest sandwich, but it is definitely not the worst. I've found I have a lot more energy after eating a peanut butter, banana, and jelly sandwich due to the protein in the peanut butter.

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Egg Salad Sandwich

An egg salad sandwich is another good example of a sandwich full of protein. All you have to do is boil some eggs, chop them up, and then add mayonnaise. The eggs may be a little unhealthy, but if you use low-fat mayo, the whole sandwich is not too bad for you.

A carton of eggs is usually ridiculously cheap at the grocery store. Depending on where you go, you get a dozen for under $2. For that matter, if you want to eat fairly cheap for the whole week, you might opt to get 2 dozen eggs, especially if they are on sale (sometimes just $1 a carton!) and make meals out of them all week. You will probably be tired of eggs in no time, but you can have omelettes,scrambled eggs, fried eggs, egg sandwiches, etc. all week until you can't stand the sight of eggs anymore.

Bologna Sandwich

I will be the first to admit, a bologna sandwich does not have the nutrition you might want in a sandwich. However, that mystery meat does have protein and it is really cheap. I recommend getting chicken bologna because it usually has less fat in it. Also, you can typically get a jumbo sized pack for under $2. I once lived on bologna sandwiches an entire summer when I first graduated from college. It can be done!

Of course, you are probably going to want to add something to the sandwich. Cheese is sometimes a rare luxury since it can be expensive. I try to buy Kraft sliced 2% American Cheese when it is on sale and I have a coupon. You can also opt for mayonnaise, ketchup, or mustard on your bologna sandwich. It will be really tasty for the first week or so. After a month or so, you might even learn to hate the word "bologna" when you hear it.

Tuna Sandwich

I will be honest with you, even hearing the words "tuna sandwich" makes me shudder. We must all draw the line somewhere and tuna is where I draw mine. With that said, I understand tuna has many fans. And I am not talking about fresh tuna either. I am talking about that stuff from the can. Yes, the tuna with the weird odor.

I know plenty of people enjoy taking some tuna from the can and spreading it on their bread. Most people use mayonnaise to make a "tuna salad" sandwich but some brave souls do not. They enjoy the flavor of tuna just that much! If you are feeling especially generous with your sandwich, you can add onions or celery. I personally believe the cost is a little high for those items, so I would just stick with tuna and mayo.

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Chicken Salad Sandwich

Along the same lines of the tuna sandwich is the chicken salad sandwich. I am not talking about using fresh chicken either. Oh no, you can buy chicken in a can the same way you can buy tuna in a can. It just simply costs a little more and tastes ever so much better. Sure, this is probably not a healthy meal, but once again, our friend "protein" is in this sandwich. Protein, as you can tell, is pretty much my way of justifying eating any of these sandwiches.

I personally thinkchicken from the can with a little mayo is perfectly fine. However, many people think of a salad as having more food items, so they will add celery, onions, or sliced grapes. I think that might be getting a little too fancy with chicken out of a can, but I am not here to judge. I am just trying to save my money!

Save Your Money!

Hopefully, with this list, you will be able to save some money, too. Don't just fall into the trap of eating Ramen noodles each day for lunch when you get have an actual sandwich for a low cost. And don't stop with just these sandwiches. If you get anything on sale, like cheese or lunch meat, you can make some really low-budget sandwiches. I happen to like cheese and ketchup sandwiches, but I am sure I stand alone on that one. You can experiment with sandwiches, too! Be creative and eat some low-priced sandwiches!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

We have nine chickens. Egg salad is not a problem in this household. :)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I can't imagine it would be a problem. That is a lot of eggs! :-)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've eaten all these sandwiches and healthy or not they are all delicious, except for the chicken in a can. I did that once and just can't do it again. The meat had a fishy smell. Chicken and fish do not mix. Even with the name Chicken of the Sea! :)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Good tips. I feed my cat tuna all the time since she is old to make her eat so that has turned me against it but I recall a time I loved it as salad on toasted bread with lettuce and cream of tomato soup. Oh, and I discovered Kraft mayo a few days ago mixed with mustard and no fat! It is very good for making slaw too, which I love and now it will be fat free!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love sandwiches, and I enjoy everyone you mention. Egg salad--yum! I even have a craving for bologna now and then. PB & J with bananas. Haven't tried the nanners but need to, huh? I recently tried chicken from a can heated up with green chilies with cheese added on a bun. Yum. I love tuna, too, but I have to share with my cats anytime I open a can. No problem! At least I get a sandwich with tomatoes out of it. The cats get the rest.

Love the hub. Great ideas! many votes!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I just remembered. Fried bolongna sandwiches were popular fair fare there for awhile. There's nothing wrong with a good ol' longny sandwich. We used to get this stuff called liver pudding. It was good sliced and fried too, with mustard. I am not sure how good it was FOR you though!


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Crissylite 3 years ago

Nice Hub :) I enjoy all of these, except I've never had bananas on a pb&j. It does sound good. I will have to try it. :)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Sunshine625 - Hahaha... that smell is hard to get past. I like the chicken from the can if I am really hungry. Otherwise, I can't do it either! Thanks for checking out my hub.

Jackie Lynnley - I never thought of mayo and mustard together. I will have to try that. Thanks for the info!

Victoria Lynn - Yes, you definitely have to try it with bananas, too. I've never even thought to heat up chicken from the can before. Thanks for sharing the idea!

rebeccamealey - I've never fried bologna before, but maybe I should try it one time. Perhaps with cheese... everything is better with cheese. Thanks for your comment!

Crissylite - You have to try bananas on your peanut butter and jelly sandwich one day! Thanks for checking out my hub!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Good sandwich ideas, Jeannie, but like you, tuna with or without mayo does NOT do it for me. If there is nothing else to eat in the house, I'll enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich once in a blue or any other color moon. Thanks for the suggestions.


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Great suggestions -- the peanut butter, banana, and jelly sandwich sounds interesting and I need to try that one. I love eggs and they are not as bad as believed in the past. I have tried the canned tuna but not so much a tuna eater. These all sound better than eating Ramon noodles everyday LOL!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

drbj - Yes, peanut butter and jelly is pretty rare for me. I ate it all through school for lunch and associate it with school lunches; therefore, I must add a banana. And yes, tuna is pretty gross. Chicken in a can is OK, but tuna... yuck! Thanks for your comment!

Efficient Admin - Yes, you are so right. Anything is better than Ramon noodles. I am pretty sure they should not even be considered food at all. Thanks for checking out my hub!


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Eggs and tuna are just fine with me! Even sandwiches on a budget can be delicious with a little bit of creativity and imagination. Thanks for sharing.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I absolutely love egg salad, so I could eat it all the time. Good thing it is so inexpensive to make. Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the comment!


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Weekend Reader 3 years ago

Sammiches for breakfast too!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

You are so right... I like eggs and cheese on my breakfast sandwiches. :-)


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Haven't seen canned chicken for ages. There used to be these oval cans with chicken breast in jelly in the UK. I don't know whatever happened to those. My mission now is to discover if they're still made! Great informative hub. Voted up and useful


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Good luck on your mission! The chicken in a can I use is in some type of liquid, but not jelly. I am sure it is best I don't full what is in that substance. :-) Thanks for the votes!


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Bologna would be my first choice here because it involves meat and is thus more likely to make me feel satisfied. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I usually eat a lot of bologna sandwiches when I am low on money, so I guess it would be my first choice, too. Thanks for the votes!


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

You got it! This is the stuff of life! Eating on the cheap works with your suggestions. But please do not insult my stinky tuna salad sandwich. It's got to smell better than the sandwiches I preferred as a kid - liverwurst with mustard and onions. Sardines. And while we're at it, egg salad does not exactly smell real great either. Maybe if you're poor, you just eat stinky food. But there are many of us that love our food to stink!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

You are so right... egg salad is especially stinky, too. I suppose it is true, the less expensive the food, the stinkier it is. Thanks for opening eyes to the truth about smelly food.


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SusanDeppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

Egg salad sandwiches get my vote! Eggs are so overlooked as a cheap meal. Thanks for the reminders as well as the other suggestions.


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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I love egg salad sandwiches. I would probably eat them everyday if I could. I have a slight egg allergy, so I have to limit my intake. But oh, if I could have them all the time! Yum! Thanks for your comment, SusanDeppner.

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