Tuesday, May 8, 2012

McDonalds and Being Consumer Wise

Today I decided to blog my thoughts about my experience at McD.

We (both my son and myself) seldom eat McD, however we are patron of their playground. Normally I would buy 1 coffee and 1 sundae cone just so not to feel guilty of using their play area. Every time, I will also ask the counter, you know in other countries, there is Mc Cafe. When you are opening that line of food. You should know why I am asking ;)

..coming back. So today, we decided to have a meal at McD. 1 Happy Meal set for my son because its a toy car now on offer. For me, knowing I cant finish a complete meal, I decided to order ala-carte. The cashier rang RM14. Immediately that caught me thinking..is the ala-carte RM7??? and THEN, before I realized, I cannot change the order as I have paid and rushed off. As I was in the car, another item struck me. Lunch/Dinner Meal starts at  RM5.95 (plus tax RM6.30) and I can get Burger+Fries and even a drink. Oh my my...

FYI: I paid RM6.10 for the Fish Fillet AlaCarte. If I ordered Fish Fillet Lunch/Dinner meal, I would have paid RM7.35. (rm1.25 difference for fries and a drink)

My order:
Happy Meal: rm8.10
AlaCarte Fillet: RM6.10
Total: 14.20

Would you order less so not to waste? or would you order what is money worth and give the balance food to others? I am sure 99% of you would buy the complete meal right ;)

Another thing I would like to highlight.
1 Happy Meal set of Nuggets (4 pieces), Small Fries, Small Drink and 1 toy cost RM8.10
1 Set Lunch/Dinner Nugget Meal (6 pieces), Large Fries, Medium Drink only cost RM7.35 (only disadvantage, no toy, but more food)

Happy Meal Set - Nuggets 

Mc Value Lunch/Dinner Nuggets

Does it make business sense? SURE LA for those parents with young kids. But now, I will be smarter. I dont want those China-made toys anymore!!!!

Are you being consumer wise too?


  1. Normally I will just buy the toy if it is really a nice one. Only pay RM3 per toy. We seldom eats McD too....

  2. I usually buy meals only.. seldom I buy ala-carte.. only do that for the fries if Princess ask for it, and I am not game for any McD food for meals..

  3. I hardly buy from McD too. If I ever go, it is usually out of desperation for food, or for the toy. After reading your post, I realised how much difference the Kids Meal versus the Value Meal. Never really realised it.

  4. Ala carte is always not worth it if value meals are available... this applies to all eateries, not only in McD. I seldom buy Happy Meal cos I also realized that it's not very value for money (I'm very calculative too hehe) and would usually just pay RM3 for the toy. Eh, for RM3, I consider these China-made toys (which toy isn't made in China nowadays?) of reasonably good quality. Give chance lah :P

  5. i buy ala carte too when im craving for some fast food while being on diet ;)

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  6. I go there buy the toy only. Tarak beli food oso. Can wan u know..