Girl holding a one dollar note.


11 things you can do in the USA for 1 dollar!

Published July 19th, 2016

It’s true. A buck doesn’t go as far as it used to. But it can still buy you some pretty epic iconic moments, a good bargain or two, some tasty bites and heck, even long bus rides in the USA. Here are the best things you can do with US$1.     

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Penny slots in Vegas

You don’t have to spend big in to take part in Sin City’s most famous pastime. Not that we’re encouraging it. Depending on your game play, you could get up to 100 (yes, 100!) spins on the penny slot machines. No win = no big deal. Must-do Vegas moment, done.

A wish come true

Haven’t quite made it to Rome’s Trevi Fountain to toss in a few coins and stir those wishy warm and fuzzies deep down in your soul?  No worries. There’s a replica Trevi Fountain at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. Your wishes are sure to come just as true as true can be!


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A fresh pizza slice in NYC

Budget-savvy travellers rejoice. One dollar (or 99 cent) slices of pizza are just about as iconic as the Empire State Building in NYC. Okay so that’s not completely true. But it is everywhere, sitting smothered in cheese around every corner. The ultimate cheap snack-slash-lunch on the run.


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10 photos at Walmart

You know how the saying goes: a picture is worth a thousand words. And at Walmart, a thousand words only costs 10 cents! That means 10 glossy memories that you can relive without needing a phone charger. Stash them in your suitcase for backup. Oh they feel so good to touch!

Cheap beers

You heard right. Beer for one buck is for real in the USA. There are plenty of cheap beers you can pick up, including the wonderfully cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Bars across the States also hold $1 beer nights. #Winning! Just do your research to track them down.

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Delicious Reese’s candy 

Peanut butter + chocolate = heaven in your mouth. There’s nothing more iconic – more tasty – than the delicious world of Reese’s. Be it a pack of two peanut butter cups or a packet of peanut butter candy pieces in a crunchy shell, this is a dollar well spent.

An extra half mile in a Los Angeles taxi

Feet sore from pacing past every single star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Hail a cab and get a head-start on your next stop – a dollar will squeeze out an extra half-mile for you. That’s about 800 metres – nearly a kilometre! Every bit counts.

A Wendy’s small classic frosty

The ultimate hangover cure. Cold, sweet and oh so refreshing. Whether chocolate or vanilla is your vice, a Wendy’s small Classic Frosty will set you back 99 cents to be exact. Got another dollar? You could also grab a Junior Cheeseburger, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, or their Value Natural-Cut Fries.


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A bus ride to whole new city

It may be hard to believe, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. You can ride between cities from as little as one dollar with Megabus. You may have to be flexible and book in advance, but you’ll never find another bus ride as cheap as this again!

$1 street cart coffee

Get your buzz for less. About as easy to find as the one dollar pizza is one dollar coffee in NYC. The $1 street cart coffee is a local institution. They’re scattered all over the city and through Central Park.

Souvenir pennies

Don’t want to spend lots on souvenirs for friends and family back home? Or just need a souvenir that’s light and won’t take up much space? That’s where the souvenir penny comes in. For an easy US$1 note, snag one of these nifty little pocket pieces at any of the obvious crowd-drawing hotspots. Souvenirs sorted! And to budget. 


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Tijana Jaksic

After some hardcore scrimping and saving, Tijana’s first backpacking trip confirmed she was onto something good. She hasn’t stopped since. Fave memories to date include dancing with locals in the streets of Havana, bartering for too many scarves in the markets of India, getting lost in the bustle of Hong Kong, sipping cocktails in the Greek Islands and jumping off waterfalls in Croatia. Now she gets to write about travel for a living – the best way to satiate the wanderlust between adventures.