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

Updated on May 21, 2015
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Cheap Food

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.


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.


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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