McDonald's Moneysaving Hacks For A Bargain Meal


McDonald's fans, you're going to love this! I've found a selection of moneysaving "Mc-hacks" that will enable you to get a very happy McDonald's meal at a bargain price. How? Well, there are many savvy saving tricks such as merging multiple menu items to form your own version of a "meal" at a moneysaving price.

It takes a bit of work but worth it to save a bit of money to the extent of a "Big Mac" for £1.59 instead of £3.19 or save £2.20 on a "McChicken Sandwich". For some of these hacks, you may have to use the McDonald's self-ordering screens or the app.

Read on below to find the best "Mc-hack" ways you can save cash.

DIY Big Mac for only £1.59
Simply order a double cheeseburger for £1.59 at the self serving screen. Next, you need to add on several free extra ingredients that are in the usual "Big-Mac" - Onions, mustard, pickles, shredded lettuce and mayonnaise. Ask them to skip the ketchup, as the Big Mac doesn't have any. The only thing that will be missing from this cheaper alternative to the "Big-Mac" is the third bread bun layer and the special Big Mac sauce. But you could ask staff for the special Big Mac sauce at no extra cost. It may not looks the same, but it tastes like the real deal.

A Big Mac for £3.19 or make your own Cheeseburger taste like the "real deal" for only £1.59

£2.20 off a 'McChicken Sandwich'
If you just fancy a McDonald's chicken burger, then I would recommend ditching the £3.19 McChicken Sandwich in favour of a 99p Chicken Mayo. They both do the same job, but the Chicken Mayo Burger is a fraction of the cost, it may be slightly lighter but it contains exactly the same ingredients - chicken, lettuce and mayo in a bun, heck, you could even buy two for less than a McChicken Sandwich.

McChicken Sandwich Vs Chicken Mayo Burger. The latter being a fraction of the cost.

Get FREE extra Toppings to pack out your burger
On the self order screens, or the McDonald's app, you can add extra ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, mayonnaise and/ or shredded lettuce for free to any burger. If there's already one of those ingredients in the burger, you get double the amount. You can also pay 20p extra for extra cheese or 40p for extra bacon.

Big Mac and Fries for £1.99 every time
Next time you order a McDonald's, keep the receipt. You'll notice there's a 'Food For Thoughts' code at the top. Go online and fill in a quick survey to receive a second code, which you can then exchange in a restaurant for a £1.99 Big Mac and Fries, which would normally cost you about £4.69. You can then use the receipt from this purchase to do the survey again and repeat as many times as you like.

A few other Money-saving Mc-Hacks
  • A little sneaky tip to guarantee fresh fries straight from the fryer is to ask for them unsalted. Then add your own salt from the sachet.
  • Students - Get a free cheeseburger when buying any Extra Value or Wrap Meal by showing your Student ID.
  • Pick up a McCafe Loyalty Card and then you can get a free hot drink for every six that you buy.
  • Keep your eyes open for vouchers on the back of car parking tickets or bus tickets. You can usually spot them for a £1.99 meal deal.
  • Ditch the Happy Meal - The plastic toys are bad for the environment and kids get bored of them after 10 minutes, plus you can save a few pence by just ordering the cheeseburger, small fries and small drink separately.
  • Download the app. Sometimes there are offers on to entice you to download it such as a free cheeseburger for new registered users.

I'll keep my eyes peeled for other money-saving hacks and update here accordingly.