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5 cheap but fancy sandwich ideas

There are loads of reasons why sandwiches are the go-to lunchtime snack for students. Check out our list of cheap and tasty sandwich ideas for some inspo!sandwichCredit: Gabriel Garcia Marengo – Flickr
Sandwiches are a great lunch/snack/dinner/even breakfast snack to enjoy (who's to judge?).

Not only are sandwiches criminally tasty, they're cheap, easy to carry around in your bag, and there's so much choice when it comes to fillings that no two sandwiches need taste the same!

It's easy to fall into the habit of grabbing a sandwich from the supermarket or the uni café to save time and effort, and you may think it's only a couple of quid here and there – but it really does all add up.

Here's some sandwich filling ideas that are a bit more interesting to keep you looking forward to lunch each day. They should also work out at less than a quid per portion, so you'll be saving a whole lot of cash too.

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Cheap sandwich ideas

joey_sandwich1Mixing things up a bit with your sandwich fillings is a great idea to keep things interesting.

It might be a nice idea to decide on a filling at the start of the week, get the supplies in and change each week depending on your mood. You'll be shocked by how much you can save!

  1. Chicken and bacon salad sandwich

    chicken sandwichCredit: Debbie Tingzon – Flickr
    • Lettuce
    • 2 rashers of smoked bacon
    • Sandwich chicken pieces
    • Mayo
    • Buns x 6

    Total Cost for 6 rolls: around £5 for 6 rolls (although you will have to pay for a whole pack of bacon, but you can put the remaining rashers towards next week's sandwiches!)

    At the start of the week, grill or fry the two rashers of bacon, leave to cool down, then chop into small pieces. Mix in a bowl with the chicken (chop this up into similar-sized pieces) and some mayo. Add this to your rolls with some crispy lettuce – this filler should be enough to last you all week.

  2. Mediterranean tuna

    tuna sandwichCredit: Lara604 – Flickr
    • Tin of tuna
    • Mayo
    • Paprika
    • Gherkins
    • Lettuce
    • Buns x 6

    Total Cost for 6 rolls: around £4 for 6 rolls

    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!

  3. Spicy chicken

    spicy chicken sandwichCredit: T.Tseng – Flickr
    • Breaded chicken mini fillets
    • Lettuce
    • Creme Fraiche
    • Paprika & Chilli
    • Buns x 6

    Total Cost: Fillets will set you back around £3.00 for 5, so around £5.50 in total

    Cook the chicken mini fillets together at the start of the week (they will keep for 5 days in a tupperware in the fridge, but cook them individually the night before if you prefer). Layer the bun with a bit of with crème fraîche sprinkled with a pinch of paprika and chilli and top with chicken and lettuce.

  4. Turkey-free Turkish

    • 1 or 2 grated carrots
    • Hummus
    • Green leaves
    • Buns x 6 (pitta breads are also good with this one)

    Total cost: £3 for 6 buns

    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 some lettuce leaves (rocket goes well with this one).

  5. The American favourite

    peanut butter sandwichCredit: Connie Ma – Flickr
    • Peanut butter
    • Banana or jam (depending which you prefer)
    • Sliced bread

    Total cost: This one is a super cheap option – for 6 sandwiches you're talking around £2.50

    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 banana is also a really great combo, and is an ideal study snack as it's easy to throw together and the peanut butter has loads of good energy. Banana is also great for a crazy number of reasons!

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

Final tips

Toasted sandwichesTry mixing things up by using wraps, pitta breads, flat breads and different kinds of buns. Making your sandwiches at home like this is times cheaper than running to the shops each day.

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!

Asda also do huge freezer packs of 24 buns for about £1.80, but you'll need to take each bun out the night before to let it thaw over night.

Now you've got lunch covered, what's for dinner? Head over to our Student Recipes page 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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