Admit it. You like McDonald’s. I’m not judging. I mean, I get it. Warm fries packed with flavor. Hot and fresh burgers dripping with sauce and cheese. Funny little chicken nuggets (are they really chicken?) that changed the way every child ate fast food. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Happy Meals. They’re just the right amount of food in proportional segments and joined by a delightful and “relevant to the current mainstream cartoon world” toy. What more could you ask for in a lunch? Well, here a few tidbits that will add even more joy to those McMeals.
First, did you know that McDonald’s has an app? Although some folks aren’t fans of the McApp, this app has both time and money savers that can really add up. Let’s look at the time savers first. Orders can be made directly from the app and be ready to go when you reach the restaurant. This is so handy when you’re in a rush! Just place your order, pay through the app, show up at the curbside pickup and be on your way! Of course, you also have to option of picking up at the drive-thru or inside too. Just pick the quickest route. The app also lets you save your favorite meals so that reordering is a one-click breeze and the app has a map showing each location nearby so you don’t have to use a third party app to find the closest restaurant.
As for the money savers, the app offers deals and coupons that you can’t get anywhere else. And when you download and sign in for the first time, you get a bonus like a buy one get one free burger.
If apps aren’t for you, read on. My favorite McDonald’s hack is on the good, old-fashioned receipt. Next time you go, look at the top of your receipt. There might just be a survey at mcdvoice.com. Go there, follow the instructions (no personal info necessary) and receive a buy one get one free code. I’ve only seen this for breakfast sandwiches and quarter pounders, but each time can save you about $5.00. I do this for every single receipt from McDonald’s and have easily saved over $100 in free food. To add a little variety and healthy options to your burgers, add tomato and lettuce for about 40 cents and you’re still ahead.
So indulge that McDonald’s craving and save money at the same time. Maybe take a friend along. You can afford it.
Live well, save daily.