Kids love to go out for a fun family dinner, and they often prefer one particular fast food joint. Who doesn’t want a cheeseburger with a toy. But to feed a family, routine fast-food stops can really add up. McDonalds offers some money-saving coupons and exceptional special offers to save customers big—but, to get them, you have to know where to look.  Use these tips:

Use monthly coupon printables:  McDonalds routinely offers online printable coupons.

Become a My Coke Rewards member:  This free online rewards program helps accumulate points for buying Coca-Cola family products (Coke and Dasani to Nestea and Powerade—along with 10 other products). For example, buy a 12-pack of Coke and earn 10 points.  Redeem the points for prizes and coupons, including the current offer for free Spicy Chicken McBites for 40 points.

Check online promotions:  Regularly access the McDonald’s online promotion page and be the first to know about cheap offers and promotions, like the current Olympic games tie-in.

Buy a yearly calendar:  At the end of every calendar year, McDonalds offers 12-month wall calendars with 36 attached coupons.This year, the value of the coupons was over $100!  Some locations sell these for $2.99 while others offer them free with a $10 Arch card purchase. Each month of the calendar features at least one free item coupon (no purchase necessary), along with an assortment of BOGO or Free with Purchase coupons.  December ends with a Free 20-piece Nugget coupon with a $25 Arch Card purchase . . . which I’ll then use to get another calendar for 2013!

Grab some print coupons:  Regional coupons are offered by individual franchises. My son received a coupon for a free ice cream from the public library’s summer reading club. A local school also distributes them for end-of-year good behavior.  Additionally, you can check those “big entertainment books” that sell in major cities as well as your phonebook’s YellowPages.

Connect on Facebook:  Joining the McDonald’s Facebook page will keep you up-to-date with all things McDonald’s, including offers, promotions, coupons and new products to try.

Order a “Senior” beverage:  If you’re over 50, you can order a “senior” beverage fountain drink or coffee, which is about the size of their small cup.  Though it’s not listed on the menu, ask for it; it will set you back about 70 cents.

Join the McCafe Club:  Live near San Diego?  Sign-up for the local McCafe club to receive coupons and special offers.  (Wish this club was available in more cities . . . maybe soon!)

You don’t have to only order from the dollar menu to get awesome deals at McDonalds. It’s OK to indulge the kids occasionally, and you don’t have to do it at full price.


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17 thoughts on “Lovin’ It: Easy Ways to Save at Mickey D’s”

  1. JoyRiley620 says:

     I worked at Mcdonalds in MI for 5 years and I have never heard of the calendar either. I currently live in Texas and have never seen the calender offered

  2. DianeNC says:

    I’m not sure if this is something new or not (or if it’s just regional), but I just noticed that my local McDonald’s have signs in their drive-through windows that say they accept competitors coupons…who would have thought?

  3. McKock says:

    :( They don’t sell the calendars in the Detroit Metropolitian area in MI.  This is the first I have ever heard of them.  My kids have worked there and currently my daughter-in-law is a store manager and they do not sell them.

  4. Dana says:

    We sometimes get coupon books in the mail for our local mcd’s, with really good coupons like bogo premium sandwich, free soft drink, no purchase necessary, free snack size mcbites with any purchase. Just got one and used almost the whole thing.

  5. Another great thing Mcdonald’s does (that my kiddos loves and I) is Kiddy Cones! They are totally free, no purchase required! They are small ice cream cones. :)

  6. Dana says:

    Our Mickey D’s doesn’t have the calendars either (read about them online in the past so I asked last November), so not all states offer them. Just an FYI.

  7. zoe says:

    Also upromise – you can get a arch card (gift card) and register it on the upromise website – they will back date 30 days from the original activation – and each time you add money either initial or refills, 1% is added to your upromise account. 

  8. Lauramewers says:

    I used to work for mcd and there was no such calendar. i think its regional. (from Illinois)

  9. Mandy Martin says:

    Senior drinks in Nebraska are only 50 cents.  Ask about either Smoothy or McCafe cards and see if your local store has a happy hour.  The punch cards tend to be buy 4 get one free, and happy hour is a dollar off all Med and Large McCafe drinks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have never heard of that calendar, and my sister works at McDonald’s. Is it regional?

    • Unsure. We’ll try to find that out!

    • Aaw0715 says:

       To the best of my knowledge, the calendar is available nationally.  The one I have says all coupons are valid “only at participating U.S. McDonald’s.”  I have never had a McDonald’s turn away one of the coupons.  What I have heard, though, is that the calendar coupons are not redeemable for employees of McDonald’s.  I know this because of a recent visit where an employee expressed envy at my free McCafe coupon, and her manager playfully told her not to get any ideas because those coupons could only be redeemed by customers and not employees.