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How Much Does a Typical Homemade Sandwich Cost?

Last Modified: 06/10/15
First Published: 03/06/08
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How much does a simple sandwich cost to make at home?

Sandwiches are some of the most common meals - they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. So how much does one sandwich actually cost? As shown below, the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is clearly the cheapest, and the basic grilled cheese sandwich comes in a close second...

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich - $0.29 per serving, 370 calories

The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich takes first place on the cost scale. It is cheap, tasty, stays well at room temperature and provides protein - no wonder it's such a staple in the lunch box.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich - $0.43 per serving, 334 calories

The basic grilled cheese sandwich simply consists of white bread, cheese and butter. For a fancier sandwich, add sliced ham, bacon or tomato slices.

Egg Salad Sandwich - $0.51 per serving, 460 calories

When eggs are the main ingredient, the price is usually low. This sandwich has a slightly higher calorie content then the other contestants, due to the addition of mayonnaise.

Bagel with Cream Cheese - $0.89 per serving, 360 calories

Can it get more simple than this? The toasted bagel with cream cheese is such a common meal, especially among college students. For a more interesting twist, add some smoked salmon or sliced deli meats...

Tuna Salad Sandwich - $1.24 per serving, 431 calories

Tuna is inherently expensive and this sandwich tops the price chart. However tuna, with all its good fats make an excellent sandwich which makes up for the high price...

Classic BLT Sandwich - $1.29 per serving, 339 calories

The classic BLT consists of bacon, lettuce and tomato on white bread with mayonnaise. Contrary to common belief, bacon isn't very high in calories once it's cooked since so much of the fat renders in the cooking process.

Salami & Havarti Cheese Sandwich - $0.98 per serving, 501 calories

The cheese and coldcut sandwich is a common sight. Here salami and havarti is served on hearty bread with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce and tomato.

Vegetarian Hummus, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich - $0.75 per serving, 376 calories

This sandwich might not be very common, however it's very tasty. Homemade hummus is very cheap - however if you use store-bought hummus, this sandwich will be considerably more expensive.