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I feel like McDonald's is getting too expensive.

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A&W is also better than McDonald's because they don't believe in ice.
As a result, your beverage always tastes better there. (not watered down)
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thriftshopper wrote:
Oct 8th, 2018 1:38 am
That's why their savings rate is so low, or negative. Not that ours is much better.
I think ours is worse, isn't it? I believe our household debt levels are worse than theirs.
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barqers wrote:
Oct 22nd, 2018 12:47 pm
Agree with this - went to McD to get a 'value' meal and was shocked to see $1.99 for the value menu. Used to be like $1.29, then $1.49, $1.69, but now $1.99 it's hardly a value.

A&W prices are the same, but also places like five guys doesn't seem that much more expensive anymore.
I think it is more than that here in Ottawa now. Last time I ordered two items from the value menu (McDouble and a Jr Chicken) it came to over $5. A year or so ago it came to around $3.78 I think? It was definitely in that range and has jumped up enormously in a short time.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2018 10:37 am
I think it is more than that here in Ottawa now. Last time I ordered two items from the value menu (McDouble and a Jr Chicken) it came to over $5. A year or so ago it came to around $3.78 I think? It was definitely in that range and has jumped up enormously in a short time.
That would simply be because going over $4 in Ontario means a 13% tax instead of a 5% tax.
@ $1.99 x 2 you are still under $4, making the price out to be around $4.20
When the price goes up to $2.19 and you order two, you have to pay the full 13% for going over $4 (around $4.95 after 13% tax)
Order them separately and save money. ($2.19 plus 5% = $2.30, x2, separately = $4.60, a a savings of 35 cents)

If it came to over $5 after tax for two, the price may very well be $2.29 + tax now...
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playnicee1 wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2018 10:46 am
That would simply be because going over $4 in Ontario means a 13% tax instead of a 5% tax.
@ $1.99 x 2 you are still under $4, making the price out to be around $4.20
When the price goes up to $2.19 and you order two, you have to pay the full 13% for going over $4 (around $4.95 after 13% tax)
Order them separately and save money. ($2.19 plus 5% = $2.30, x2, separately = $4.60, a a savings of 35 cents)

If it came to over $5 after tax for two, the price may very well be $2.29 + tax now...
I know the tax kicks in after $4, but the items have still gone up considerably for less than a year time frame. From like $1.89 to something like $2.29. That's over a 20% jump.
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I've found different prices between locations in the same city, anyone else?

At the kiosk, I'll order a sausage mcmuffin (no egg), and make it a combo. At location A, this works fine, but at location B there's no option to make it a combo - it has to be built manually and costs a little more. Sometime's I'll customize it and add an extra sausage patty. At location A the extra patty is $1.19, at location B it's $1.49.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2018 11:11 am
I know the tax kicks in after $4, but the items have still gone up considerably for less than a year time frame. From like $1.89 to something like $2.29. That's over a 20% jump.
Wow are they really that much? That's insane Wendy's still has $1.99 value menu items and McD can't even compete I guess.
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I had a free Monopoly game cheeseburger last night. Haven't eaten their cheeseburger in like 20 yrs. It tasted really good. I wonder what the regular price is.
De gustibus non est disputandum
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Perfect, right on time! My McD's app sent me a notification that I can get free medium fries today because the Raptors scored 12 or more 3 pointers in last night's game.
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Becks wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2018 1:23 pm
I had a free Monopoly game cheeseburger last night. Haven't eaten their cheeseburger in like 20 yrs. It tasted really good. I wonder what the regular price is.
69¢ last year for the 69th(?) anniversary in Canada.
Almost too cheap to shop through RFD
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Frank311 wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2018 11:35 am
I've found different prices between locations in the same city, anyone else?

At the kiosk, I'll order a sausage mcmuffin (no egg), and make it a combo. At location A, this works fine, but at location B there's no option to make it a combo - it has to be built manually and costs a little more. Sometime's I'll customize it and add an extra sausage patty. At location A the extra patty is $1.19, at location B it's $1.49.
Yes. The app makes it super easy to compare.

When my wife wants McD's I usually take a second and compare the prices in the app before we go.
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booblehead wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 10:26 am
Is this coming to Canada ? ... as we are not fat enough already. Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
It's only fattening if it is added to the usual daily eating habits.
A salad (not from McDonald's, with low cal dressing) instead of burger & fries at lunch might make up for that.
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+ 2 hrs @ the gym doing intensive workouts.
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booblehead wrote:
Oct 24th, 2018 11:22 am
+ 2 hrs @ the gym doing intensive workouts.
Oh sorry, I was basing it on maintaining the exact same weight without gaining weight, not on actually dieting or losing any weight.

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