McDonalds Menu Pricing…look before buying



Have you taken a look at McDonald’s menu pricing lately? It’s so out of whack I have absolutely no explanation for it. I’ll try to decipher and offer tips for next time you go, so you don’t get swindled. There is some really nice $9.00 pricing on some sandwiches though…don’t know how they make money on these, guess they assume you’ll pick up some high margin items too, but not after reading this.

If anyone can explain the pricing, please comment the post. I’m curious to learn.

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Let me show you some examples:

  1. Filet-o-Fish and Sausage McMuffin with Egg are both $9.00 as sandwiches alone. (Also, the McChicken sandwich alone is on the $9.00 menu as well.) But the meals are $32.20 and $31.50 respectively (an additional $23.20 & $22.50 than sandwich alone). Shouldn’t they be the same up-charge in price for fries and a drink?I should’ve taken a picture of the “dollar” menu, but I believe a soft drink was $9.00 and small fries $5.00; so for $9 sandwich + $9 drink + $5 fries = $23…you can build your own extra value meal for less than ordering the pre-built extra value meal! Crazy.
  2. Let’s examine the price between the sandwich only, and meals for other menu items:
    McSpicy Chicken Filet, $20.50 for sandwich, and $21.00 for the meal. A mere $0.50 difference for an extra fries and drink, no brainer there. Definitely order the extra value menu if you’re feeling like one of those.
  3. Lastly, the cost between the sandwich only and the extra value meals varies for each and every menu item. It makes no logical sense. From $0.50 to $23.20, for the same items. A drink and fries. Make sure you do the proper calculation before just ordering a number from the menu.

With the current McDonald’s pricing structure, it also favors my preferences. I’d rather have two Filet-o-Fish sandwiches rather than one sandwich and fries. I’ll spend $27 ($9 sandwich + $9 sandwich + $9 drink) for two sandwiches and a drink, less than the price of an extra value meal, and better “value” I feel because I value a sandwich more than fries.

In summary, check all of the pricing for each item at McDonalds before you order. You could be throwing money away.


(Btw, if you really want to be frugal, go to 7-11 or Circle K next door and grab your favorite beverage for under $9 and just bring it to McDonald’s. But this article is more about taking advantage of McDonald’s out of whack pricing, not being Mr. or Ms. Super Cheapo.)




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3 Responses

  1. Chang says:

    Wow, i have never seen such thing before, thanks alot for your article, i will definitely check carefully when i order.

  2. Alex says:

    Yes. it really is. you need to look carefully. You do not need to hesitate to bring their own drinks. Just do not forget that the ice in the glass that put you steal 50% of the beverage. ask for a drink without ice. all the best of luck!

  3. I can’t do maths to save my life but these strange McD pricing I did notice when I was in HK last December! I also prefer 2 Filet O Fish (have those things shrunken over the years?!) rather than their value meal and that’s how I suddenly realized you’re actually paying more if you get those “value” meals. So always check their pricelist before you order as it does change from time to time.

    (if you really want to be frugal you skip the convenient stores altogether and buy your beverage in a Wellcome like me haha)

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