How to squeeze the most out of £5 at McDonald’s, Nando’s & more

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We all know that feeling far too well – it’s the end of the month and we’re feeling the pinch before payday, but we still want to treat ourselves and eat out.

So in the interests of making every pound count, we decided to set ourselves a little penny-saving challenge. Just how far will £5 stretch at Mcdonald’s, Nando’s, Subway, Greggs, Pret and more? Well, it turns out quite far: you might even have spare change.

We’ve rounded up the best combinations to fill you up without splashing the cash. Get ready for some fast food maths…

Disclaimer: Prices may vary.

McDonald’s

All hail the McDonald’s saver menu: they cannot be beaten when it comes to getting fast food for a bargain. With loads of delicious options from just 89p, we guarantee you’ll have a full belly with change to spare.

Psst! If you really want to amp up your spending power, keep an eye out for their £1.99 meal vouchers, which are usually given out by WHSmith cashiers or found inside national newspapers.

What to order

• Hamburger (89p) + medium fries (£1.09) + small drink (89p) + sundae (99p) + apple pie (99p) = £4.85

• Big Mac (£2.99) + medium fries (£1.09) + hamburger (89p) = £4.97

• 20 chicken nuggets (£3.99) + small fries (89p) = £4.88

• Double cheeseburger (£1.49) + medium fries (£1.09) + medium drink (99p) + McFlurry (99p) = £4.56

• Wrap of the day (£1.99) + medium fries (£1.09) + double cheeseburger (£1.49) = £4.57

Nando’s

While Nando’s may be one our our favourite places to grab a bite to eat, their menu isn’t the easiest to navigate on a tight budget. To really maximize your spend, we recommend adding bottomless drinks (£2.60) and bottomless frozen yogurt (£2.95) to your order.

What to order

• 3 chicken wings starter (£3.60) + halloumi (£1.20) = £4.80

• ¼ chicken = £3.95

• 2 regular sides at £2.45 each = £4.90

• 1 regular side (£2.45) + bottomless drink (£2.60) = £5.05

Burger King

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There are so many ways to save at Burger King – be sure to take advantage of their King Savers menu, where many classic items are only 99p. Burger King aren’t as cheap as McDonald’s, but you can still get a lot out of their menu for under £5. And don’t forget about their breakfast menu, which starts from just 99p.

What to order

• Hamburger/cheeseburger (99p) + small fries (99p) + onion rings (£1.69) + small soft drink (99p) = £4.66

• Chicken burger (99p) + small fries (99p) + sundae (99p) = £2.97

• Cheeseburger (99p) + extra bacon (50p) + large fries (£1.89) + milkshake (£1.59) = £4.97

• Whopper Junior (£2.29) + regular fries (£1.69) + small soft drink (99p) – £4.97

Subway

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A classic go-to lunch option, Subway’s meal deals are always great value for money, but if you’re savvy, you can get even more for less. A great money-saving hack is getting a basic sub and adding extras to it – for example, extra cheese is only 20p. That way you can pimp your sub for less.

What to order

• Meatball Marinara 6″ sub (£3.80) + extra cheese (20p) + small soft drink (£1.30) + cookie (60p) = £5.80

• Subway melt 6″ (£4.10) + crisps (70p) = £4.80

• Tuna value 6″ sub (£3.80) + cookie (60p) + small soft drink (£1.30) = £5.60

• Italian BMT 6″ sub (£3.80) + cookie (60p) + crisps (70p) = £5.10

KFC

If you’re on a budget, steer clear of the banquet meals, because although they’re delicious, they can be pricey. KFC have loads of cheaper items on their menu, meaning you can get more bang for your buck and satisfy your chicken cravings for less.

What to order

• 2 hot wings (99p) + regular fries (99p) + regular coleslaw (99p) + regular soft drink (99p) = £3.96

• 2 chicken pieces (£2.99) + gravy (90p) + regular fries (99p) = £4.88

• Snackbox popcorn chicken (£1.99) + BBQ snack wrap (99p) + sundae (99p) = £3.97

• Snackbox mini breast fillet (£1.99) + 2 portions of 2 hot wings @ 99p each (£1.98) + regular fries (99p) = £4.96

Greggs

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Greggs’ budget-friendly baked goods and sandwiches are everything – it was almost too easy for us to get this much food under £5. If you really want to push the boat out, you can get 12 doughnuts for £5. We’ll have one of everything please.

What to order

• Sausage roll 4-pack (£2.85) + steak bake (£1.45) + crisps/popcorn (65p) = £4.95

• Cheese and onion pasty (£1.40) + sausage roll (95p) + honey roast ham and egg salad sandwich (£2.10) + jam doughnut (50p) = £4.95

• Chicken bake (£1.45) + steak bake (£1.45) + sausage rolls x2 (£1.90) = £4.80

• Sausage roll 4-pack (£2.85) + tuna and cucumber sandwich (£1.70) + jam doughnut (50p) = £5.05

Barburrito

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A small, classic burrito costs £5.50, and if you’re after a full meal, you won’t get much change from £10, but Barburrito still have a few budget-friendly options. For under a fiver, you can enjoy snacks such as tortilla chips and dip, and indulge in churros *drools*.

What to order

• Dos tacos £4.75

• Tortilla chips and salsa (£1.95) + soft drink (from £1.20) + pot of crunchy slaw (£1.50) = £4.65

• Tortilla chips and guacamole or cheese sauce (£2.65) + bottomless soda (£1.90) = £4.55

• Churros with dulce de leche sauce (£3.95) + soft drink (from £1.20) = £5.15

Pret a Manger

Pret aren’t known for budget-friendly food, but they do actually offer a range of delicious snacks and half-sandwiches and baguettes, which come in cheaper. It’s all about being savvy with how you order.

What to order

• ½ baguette sandwich (£1.99) + popcorn bar (£1.60) + crisps (99p) = £4.58

• Tuna mayo and cucumber baguette (£2.99) + honey and granola yogurt pot (£1.40) + fruit (50p) = £4.89

• Egg mayo sandwich (£1.70) + banana/carrot cake slice (£1.65) + crisps (99p) = £4.34

• Super club sandwich (£3.45) + five berry yogurt pot (£1.40) = £4.85

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