Is there a good single word for 'less expensive'?

I often see people using 'cheap' to describe it, but I feel it does not express the intention. For example, I prefer to say 'Flight tickets are less expensive.' instead of 'Flight tickets are cheap'.

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    Actually, "cheaper" is probably the best equivalent to "less expensive". – Hot Licks Dec 17 '18 at 14:08
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    The edit completely changes OP – Mark Beadles Dec 17 '18 at 14:15
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    @MarkBeadles The edit also makes the question less internally consistent interchanging 'cheaper' and 'cheap'. – Spagirl Dec 17 '18 at 14:19
  • It depends on the context and intention. So, economical, reasonable and even closeout could be appropriate alternatives. – Eilia Dec 17 '18 at 19:54

low-cost  : obtainable at a low cost — U.S. News & World Report low-cost housing (From Merriam-Webster's Dictionary)

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    “Low cost” counts as 2 words; the OP wants only 1. – Lawrence Dec 17 '18 at 19:14
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    There are two roots but there is one word. – user307254 Dec 18 '18 at 5:13

affordable might work:

able to be afforded : having a cost that is not too high
// products sold at affordable prices
// an affordable purchase

(source: Merriam Webster)

Generally speaking: cheap < affordable < expensive. Whether this will work in your specific case is hard to tell without more context.

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    But something can be less expensive but still not affordable. – Hot Licks Dec 17 '18 at 14:09

Here are a few words that mean 'low-cost' that I can think of:


Not costing a great deal; cheap.


Low in price, especially in relation to similar items or services.

and finally,


Giving good value or return in relation to the money, time, or effort expended.

Obviously affordable, but it's already been mentioned.

All definitions taken from the Oxford English Dictionary.

  • Cheap could mean low quality and negative impression. I don't know if it can be an alternative to "less expensive"... – wonhee Mar 28 at 21:17
  • @wonhee No, it's just some people make that connection. 'Cheap' was never intended to mean this. – Lordology Mar 29 at 7:53
  • Yeah but there are so many people outside, including me, make a connection "cheap" with "low quality". I guess that's why it's better using other alternatives (inexpensive, cost-effective, or even affordable although it's not quite fit in this situation ) instead of "cheap". If you have a company and make a new product/service, you will never want them to call "cheap" to avoid the negative impression that customer might get from the word? businessnewsdaily.com/3455-cheap-prices-customers.html – wonhee Mar 29 at 18:20

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