Many times when our daughters were younger, they would go on activities, especially with our church. On those activities it was often necessary to eat at a fast food restaurant. This can get very expensive and some weeks we just didn't have the money for them to go and eat. We quickly found out, though, that many places to eat, especially McDonald's, have a $1 menu. They could get a dollar burger, dollar fry, and get ice water to drink. Now we will often do the same thing when we are on the road traveling. Saves quite a bit of money.
By Michael Carter03/26/2006
Check with your local McDonald's and Wendy's around each holiday (or season). I know Wendy's here in Kansas City offers the Jr. Frosty coupons (10 for a $1, I think) for Halloween and McDonald's offers the coupons around Halloween, then Christmas, Valentines Day, and maybe other times. The Christmas aka Holiday Coupons, are good for about a year! Many times we've only gotten a dollar item and coupled it with a treat coupon for the kids. (some treats are free ice cream, fries, drink, etc.)
By Michael Carter05/11/2005
Wendy's in my opinion now has the best dollar menu (and healthiest)
Burger King also has a dollar menu.
KFC has a .99 cent chicken sandwich now too.
A lot of local mexican restaurants have a .79 cent taco night. 2 tacos, free chips and salsa and glass of water later, we're full.
It's times like those when McDonald's gift certificates come in handy. Suggest these when gift giving times come up with friends, Grandparents, Aunts, Cousins, etc.
By aeromama (Guest Post)04/27/2005
Hi! Mc Donalds now charges $1.00 for bottled water...I don't know if they will just give you a cup of ice water anymore...some restarunts still do. :) aeromama
I have only one caveat about ordering from the dollar menu - make sure you actually look at the menu, even if you've been to that restaurant many times. At the McDonald's where I live they have taken most things of any value off their dollar menu. Boy, am I glad I looked at the menu before I ordered the last time!
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I'm doing a research paper right now in English on how dollar menus are very important to our society and how every fast food should have one. What do you think? What do you think of fast food? Do you think dollar menus are necessary? Leanna
By jean in GA
Having also worked for Taco Bell, customers also looked for anything under a dollar. Many times they would walk out also if we did not have one. They now have dollar items.
For myself I prefer to eat at Wendy's if going for fast food since they have a salad and baked potato both for a dollar. I believe that dollar menus for fast food restaurants if very important for someone on a limited budget and all fast food restaurants should have them. Sometimes all you want is something little and you can't go wrong for a dollar no matter what it is.
I don't believe most fast food is good for anyone, that's why I always use to take my lunch to eat. Too much fat in the food.
What I do believe is that fast food has no place being put into schools as I know many have. I believe kids should have balanced meals at school and let their parents handle how much fast food they have outside of school.
Anyway, yes, dollar menus are needed because of low wages also. Hope that helps you somewhat. (10/03/2005)
By RoseMary B
By Katie A.
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As far as fast food, I believe it has its place. The key (for me at least) is to eat fast food in moderation. Yes, it's healthier to eat at home. But, it's nice to be able to get SOMETHING to eat in a pinch and as a treat. It depends on the situation.
There's been times where my kids are happy with going to McDonald's just to split a dollar double cheeseburger and some fries. Some days we don't get home until 6 PM (after work and school activities) and we aren't always able to pack a snack, so it comes in handy. (03/27/2006)
Note: Twenty years ago, standard meal sizes at fast food eateries (I wouldn't call them real restaurants) used to be the same sizes as today's small/dollar size! There is a comparison somewhere (look on any diet website or health site) (03/27/2006)
I read that too somewhere. The McDonald's All American Meal (same as the Happy Meal, but no toy) was the original Adult Meal. I'm usually happy with just a Happy Meal myself when I go out to McDonalds. (03/27/2006)
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