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McDonald's, Taco Bell others pile on the just-a-buck deals

McDonald's, Taco Bell and the rest of the fast-food world know they'll find plenty of luck when it comes to charging just a buck. After falling by the wayside, the dollar menus are coming on strong. This week alone, McDonald's brought back its Dollar Menu — and even upsells it with $2 and $3 items. And Taco Bell followed up by announcing it will add 20 more items to its $1 Menu next year. Those singles add up quick even for the billion-dollar fast-food purveyors. Sure, the economy is strong, but "people are looking for value," said Brian Yarbrough, a consumer discretionary and consumer staples analyst at the brokerage firm Edward Jones. McDonald's, which deep-sixed its last Dollar Menu in 2012, now has its new $1-$2-$3 menu. For $1, di ...