Cheap eats aren't quite what they used to be. In the past couple of years, fast-food chains including McDonald's axed dollar menus in favor of slightly pricier rosters of value-focused fare. And some casual-dining chains have pulled back on coupons and other offers that hurt their bottom line as the economy improved, according to Nation's Restaurant News.
But we've found that there are still great offers that can help consumers stretch a buck, whether you love burgers, pizza, or something in between. Just remember that many deals are offered only for a limited time, as many restaurants opt for seasonal deals over fixed value menus. Prices also may vary by location.