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5 cheap but fancy sandwich ideas

Bored of eating the same sandwiches over and over again? Take a look at our list of cheap and tasty sandwich ideas for some inspo!

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Lunchtime can be the bane of student life – homemade sandwiches just seem so boring and drab when Subway's calling right?

If that's how your're feeling then it's time to give your sandwich game a makeover – there's so much choice out there that no two sandwiches need taste the same!

Plus, making sandwiches yourself instead of going for a Meal Deal everyday will save you so much money in the long run.

Follow our guide and you can sort out five sandwiches for the week all for well under a fiver.

Sandwiches are super easy to adapt, so use our ideas as inspiration, but feel free to add fillings and tastiness as you see fit.

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5 easy student sandwiches on a budget

The best way to keep your daily sandwich interesting is to mix up your fillings.

But when you have to buy things in bulk, it's often not feasible to have a completely different sandwich everyday.

We'd suggest choosing a filling at the start of the week, getting the supplies in and then shaking things up each week depending on your mood. You'll be shocked by how much you can save!

  1. Chicken and bacon salad sandwich

    chicken and bacon sandwich

    • Lettuce – 60p
    • 2 rashers of smoked bacon – £1 (for 8 rashers)
    • Sandwich chicken pieces – £1.50
    • Mayo – 40p
    • 6 bread buns – 65p

    Total cost for six rolls: £4.15 (although, don't forget you'll have lots of bacon left over too!)

    At the start of the week, grill or fry the two rashers of bacon, leave to cool down and then chop into small pieces.

    Mix in a bowl with the chicken (chop this up into similar-sized pieces) and some mayo. You can buy ready cooked chicken sandwich pieces, but it's often cheaper (and tastier) to buy an uncooked chicken breast, chop it into pieces and fry it yourself!

    Add this to your rolls with some crispy lettuce – this filler should be enough to last you all week.

  2. Turkish pitta bread (V)

    hummus pitta bread

    • 2 grated carrots – 12p
    • Hummus – £1.10
    • Rocket – 50p
    • 6 pitta breads – 49p

    Total cost for six pitta breads: £2.21

    Grate your carrot and keep in a bowl in the fridge all week to use when you need it (remember to cover or it will dry out).

    Spread a liberal amount of hummus (you can never have too much hummus, right?) and top with some of the carrot and rocket.

  3. Mediterranean tuna sandwich

    tuna sandwich

    • Tin of tuna – £1
    • Mayo – 40p
    • Paprika – 49p
    • Gherkins – 79p
    • Lettuce – 60p
    • 6 bread buns – 65p

    Total cost for six rolls: £3.93

    Mix the tinned tuna in a bowl with a little mayo and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.

    Chop your gherkins into small pieces and mix this in with the tuna.

    Add to the bun with some lettuce – you won't believe how good a combo this is, honestly!

  4. Spicy chicken sandwich

    chicken sandwich

    • Breaded chicken goujons – £1.50
    • Lettuce – 60p
    • Crème fraîche – £1.10
    • Paprika – 49p
    • Chilli (Optional) – 60p
    • 6 bread buns – 65p

    Total Cost: £4.90 (or more if you want to go fancier with your chicken).

    Cook the chicken goujons together at the start of the week – they will keep for five days in a tupperware box in the fridge, but cook them individually the night before if you prefer.

    Layer the bun with a bit of crème fraîche sprinkled with a pinch of paprika and chilli, and top with chicken and lettuce.

  5. The American favourite (V)

    peanut butter jelly

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    • Peanut butter – 65p
    • Jam – 28p or Banana – £1
    • Sliced bread – 55p

    Total cost for five sandwiches: £1.48 – this one is a super cheap option (if not the healthiest!)

    All these years you've been hearing people talk about ‘peanut butter and jelly' sandwiches in American movies and thinking they've lost their minds (jelly is actually jam, in case you're wondering). Turns out, this is the best combo ever!

    Peanut butter and bananas also work really well together if you're not a fan of the jam.

    This is an ideal study snack, as it's easy to throw together and the peanut butter will give you an energy boost – as will the bananas!

Check out our guide to the best foods to eat when revising for more on what the best brain food is.

Essential sandwich-making tips

Scooby Doo sandwiches

Credit: Paramount

  1. Try mixing things up by using wraps, pitta breads, flat breads and different kinds of buns
  2. If you know you struggle to get up in time to make lunch in the morning, it might be an idea to make your sandwich the night before!
  3. Asda also do huge freezer packs of 24 buns for £2, but you'll need to take each bun out the night before to let it thaw overnight
  4. Think outside the box! If you have food leftover from dinner, see if you can incorporate it into a sandwich the next day
  5. Invest in a sturdy tupperware or lunch box – there's nothing worse than a squished sandwich that's been lingering at the bottom of your bag all day.
Now you've got lunch covered, what's for dinner? Head over to our Student Recipes hub for loads of cheap recipe ideas for you to try out.

Have you got an ingenious sandwich idea that we don't know about? Share in the comments below, and if it's tasty enough, we might even add it to the list!

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