If you eat McDonalds often, then you probably wouldn’t mind saving some money on your favorite fast food.
More than 40% of Americans eat fast food at least once a week and though McDonalds may sell cheap food, why not get it cheaper when that’s available. Here are some money hacks that you can apply to pay less cash for more food at McDonalds.
Customize a cheaper sandwich.
You can skip paying more for Big Mac and get something very similar when you choose to customize a cheaper sandwich. For example, you could order a McDouble with a side of Big Mac Sauce instead of the mustard and they will probably provide the sauce free.
Here are the ingredients for these two items so that you see for yourself there’s not a whole lot of difference.
- Big Mac: two beef patties, Big Mac Sauce, American cheese, crisp lettuce, onions, pickles, sesame seed bun
- McDouble: two beef patties, mustard, American cheese, chopped onions, tangy pickles, ketchup, mustard
Notice how all that’s missing is the Big Mac Sauce and the lettuce. But the McDouble is very well seasoned with salt and pepper, making it of great taste and when you order the Big Mac Sauce separately, the flavor you get is very similar to the Big Mac.
Order 4 pack chicken nugs to pay less per nugget.
You’ll have to check that your local restaurant sells them and if they do, make sure you order Chicken Mcnuggets in multiples of 4 because you’ll be paying less for a nugget than if you order a box of 10.
Purchase from the McCafé menu and get a free hot beverage.
McDonalds has a rewards system for the McCafé menu where they give you a medium hot beverage free each time you’ve purchased 7 hot beverages.
Here’s how it works. You buy any item on their beverage menu and peel the McCafé Rewards card off your first cup, then collect the 7 stickers that come with every beverage thereon and finally redeem at any of their participating restaurants.
Get a free cup of coffee if you’re over age 55.
McDonalds senior discount may vary from store to store, but usually it comes in the form of free cup of coffee if you’re over 55. You will need to order form their menu and note that senior discounts are available for dine-in customers only.
Take children to McDonalds on their birthday for a free Happy Meal.
McDonalds offers kids a free Happy Meal on their birthday so make sure you drop by on that special day to get the offer. Note that you will have to check with the manager at your local McDonalds because not every location may be able to honor the free Happy Meal.
Keep an eye on social media promotions.
McDonalds runs various different promotions through social media. They may promote new items at discounted prices and have giveaways or monthly deals available on Facebook.
When you follow their Facebook page, you’ll be the first to know about new deals.
Use their app to score exclusive deals.
In-app deals vary on a daily basis, but you’ll never be disappointed because you’ve downloaded the app. Even if it’s $1 off a large coffee, if you’re in the habit of McDonalds hot beverages, you’ll still get to save a lot.
Go to McDonalds online for all currently available deals.
If you think that you’ll enjoy a breakfast sandwich for only $2 or buy one, get one free deals, then go check out McDonalds deals online. Everything’s right there on their website.