The Chicago Tribune checks out a little-heralded side effect of the economy’s nosedive: Cheap eats at fast-food places have gotten even more affordable. “A foot-long sandwich at Subway goes for $5, about a buck less than last winter,” says the Tribune. “New chicken wraps priced under $1.50 are proliferating at places like Burger King and KFC. Taco Bell began hawking an 89-cent taco and even a 79-cent cheese roll-up a few months back.”

But as prices for beef, buns, and other ingredients continue to rise, it may become increasingly difficult for fast food to keep offering its nutritionally dubious lifeline to economically challenged Americans.

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