20 Mickey D Hacks That’ll Give You More Bang For Your Buck

By lgentile - June 26, 2019

While we know that it is not necessarily the best food for you to eat, sometimes you just need to chow down on some Mickey D’s. Especially those fries that are so addictive it’s like a drug! STAY AWAY FROM THE FRIES!!!! Do you find yourself always relying on McDonald’s when you are in a pinch? There is nothing to be ashamed of in that! McDonald’s is delicious.

Mickey D’s is also cheap, you can find it everywhere you look and it’s reliable. You always know what you are going to get when you order from a McDonald’s. Hell, you know the menu like you know the back of your hand, don’t you? But there may be some tips and tricks that you are totally missing when you are in the McDonald’s drive thru. Here are 20 Mickey D hacks that will give you more bang for your buck next time you are craving a Bic Mac.

If You Want Real Eggs


When you order breakfast at a McDonald’s you know that you aren’t going to get a gourmet breakfast.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a little picky with your eggs. McDonald’s uses two kinds of eggs for their breakfast items: fresh eggs and a yellow liquid egg substitute.

In order to ensure you always get the fresh kind, ask for your breakfast with a “round” egg. They will know what to do! 

Order Off The Menu


While it seems like an absolute no no, you can absolutely order off the menu at any McDonald’s. Why not?

Next time you go and you are in the mood for something simple like a grilled cheese, just go for it. What have you got to lose?

Just ask the employees to put cheese between two breakfast sandwich buns and viola! You have a delicious grilled cheese sandwich in no time and for very little money. 

Ordering Out Of The Country


If you really want to treat yourself, have a little fun and go to a McDonalds next time you are traveling out of the country.

Overseas, you will find unique menu items that you can’t find at any local Mickey D’s in the United States.

Many places have special items unique to their country, like Taro Pie in Hawaii or fried chicken with pasta in the Philippines. Now that isn’t something you would find at any McDonald’s here! 

When You Are Buying Nuggets


You may think that buying a 20-piece box of chicken nuggets may seem like a lot of nuggets for some person to chow down on and you are absolutely right.

But if you want to save money, that is the way to go! Each nugget in a 20-piece box costs about 25 cents, whereas a 10-piece box is 36 cents per piece.

So if it seems like a lot, go ahead and share. Sharing is caring, as they say.

Skip A Salad


You may be trying to go the healthy route, and you may find yourself wanting to order a salad instead of a burger.

Well, you might want to think again. While you would think that a salad would be a healthier option than chicken nuggets, it actually isn’t.

A lot of Mickey D’s salads actually have more calories, more fat, more sodium and way less protein than a Big Mac and they are more expensive. 

If You Want To Go Healthy


So now that we know that the salads at McDonald’s aren’t really the healthiest option on the menu, don’t freak out just yet. Deep breaths, people!

If you must have a salad, go for the Premium Bacon Ranch Salad. 

It is only 220 calories and while it is more expensive than a lot of menu items, it is still only five dollars making it a healthy affordable alternative to a greasy burger.

Get The Mickey D's App


And if you find that you are frequently going through the McDonald’s drive thru, do yourself a favor and download the MacDonald’s app to save some money.

With the app, you will be the first one to know about their sales, you’ll find coupons, special promotions and more.

Look, you know that you are always on your phone and you are always at McDonald’s, so just go ahead download it!

If You Want Fresh Fries


Some would argue that McDonald’s fries are the best thing on the menu. Mmmmm McDonald’s fries….

Because they are so amazing, it is devastating when you get a bad batch of soggy fries. Boo!

If you want to make sure that you get a fresh batch, ask for your fries without salt. They will have to fry a new batch on the spot, and then you get to control your sodium intake

Go For A Sausage Biscuit


If you really want to get more bang for your buck, make sure you order off the McDonald’s breakfast menu.

And if you really want to save even more money, ordering the Sausage Biscuit is essential.

Each individual calorie breaks down to a a teeny tiny three ten-thousandths of a cent. Sounds worth it to us! Order up and dig in and go ahead and order one for us while you are at it!

Get Your Receipt!


I know you wouldn’t normally think to get your receipt when ordering from a fast food joint, but next time you order from McDonald’s, grab that receipt!

On the back of every McDonald’s receipt is a code to use that will get you 50 percent off your meal if you go to the company’s website and fill out a survey.

Eating McDonald’s for half off will certainly taste twice as good!

Go Through The Drive Thru


They say that time is money, so next time you go to McDonald’s, don’t go inside to order. Even when there is a long line in the drive thru.

Like most fast-food joints, McDonald’s prioritizes the drive-thru. So, unless there is no one inside of the place, waiting in your car is likely your best bet.

Just try to be patient and wait in line. You will get your fries in no time!


How To Hack A Big Mac


If you are craving a delicious Big Mac but you are a little strapped for cash, try this little trick.

You can get the taste of a Big Mac by just ordering the McDouble and asking for it “dressed like a Mac.” You’ll get all the fixins of a Big Mac for less money. 

Sure, it is smaller than a Bic Mac, but it tastes just the same.

Want Mayo On That?


McDonald’s does not really advertise mayo as a popular condiment and you typically won’t find it in their condiment dispensers.

And while ketchup and mustard will sometimes do the trick, sometimes you need to smother your fast food in mayo. Especially those crack fries.

Do not give up on your cravings for mayo and just ask the employees for some. They will gladly give you all the mayo packets you need, you just need to ask them for it.

Making Sure Things Are Fresh


And just like any other food establishment, there are good times to go to McDonald’s and bad times to order from their menu when it comes to getting the freshest food possible.

In order to get food that is as fresh as possible, go from 7-9 a.m. for breakfast, 11-2 p.m. for lunch, and 4-6 p.m. for dinner.

Any other times you may be getting food has been sitting around for a while.

Faking McFlurries


You may be craving one of those deliciously sweet McFlurries and you need to get your ice cream fix and fast!

Of all the items on the menu, many McDonald’s employees agree the McFlurries are way overpriced for what you’re getting.

So next time you want to find a way to fill that void, order a regular sundae and then ask for the McFlurry topping on the side. Yummy and affordable! 

Making Modifications


Have you ever noticed that the bun on the Filet-o-Fish looks different from the other buns used on their burgers?

Well, that is because it is! The fish sandwich uses a steamed bun as opposed to a grilled one.

So, if you are craving the Filet-o-Fish only for the steamed bun, you can ask to have any sandwich made using that bun instead. All you have to do is ask and you shall receive. 

Getting Your Free Refill On


Do you see a promotional drink on the menu that you want to try but don’t feel like paying for it?

Look, if times are tough and you want to save as much money as possible, try this hack.

First, order a cheap drink and then when you are ready for a refill, ask for the special drink when you fill up. Free refills are there to take advantage of them as far as we are concerned! 

Another Reason To Get The App


Why is a cup of McDonald’s coffee so freakin’ good? Do you find yourself craving a cup every morning?

Well if so, you are in luck. McDonald’s has a “buy five get one free” deal on their McCafe coffees. 

And what happens if you lose the piece of paper proving you’ve bought enough to get a free one? Use your phone app to scan the barcodes and track the amount of coffee you have had so you don’t have to keep track of a thing. 

When You Can't Decide


Next time you can’t decide on what kind of shake you want to order, why not order them all?

Instead of settling on just one kind of shake, tell the cashier that you would like a “Neapolitan milkshake.”

They will change your life when they combine vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry for one flavor-packed drink that you will want three more of. Is it appropriate to order two of these and eat in one sitting? 

Speak Up


Look, when in doubt, don’t be afraid to speak up. If you aren’t happy with something, just ask for something else.

If something tastes old, ask for a fresh order instead. While it is “only Mickey D’s” you are still a paying customer and you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth.

We hope these hacks save you a little time and money next time you find yourself in the McDonald’s drive thru. Now, who is in the mood for some fries?