Healthy Affordable Food! Part 1

 I am often amazed at the queue of cars outside McDonalds.  Did you know - I didn't - that an adult meal costs £4.59? (a Big Mac burger or Quarter Pounder, with medium fries and a drink)  A kiddies meal costs £2.79 (The Happy Meal contains a main item (a hamburger or small serving of Chicken McNuggets), a side item (French fries, apple slices or salad in some areas) and a drink (milk, juice or a soft drink).

Now, if MW and I went for 'lunch' the drive would cost us..erm..£9.18 for basically some chips fries, two veggie burgers and two baps and a cold drink each.

Even if we wanted to eat that menu for lunch, this is what it would cost us from the local Coop: (the nearest shop to us, and certainly not the cheapest place to buy food).

£2.50 for 900g

A portion of fries is approximately 100g, so for one person these fries would cost 27p each

2 veggie burgers £1.35 ('meat' burgers are way cheaper than this..)

Per person a veggie burger would cost 67.5p

Four bread rolls £1.35

Per roll that's 33.75p

2 litres of Lemonade = 65p

A medium soft drink at McD's is 400ml, so the cost of that per drink this way is 13p

In total, to have two veggie burgers, in bread rolls, with 'fries' and a fizzy drink - per person - 


A reminder that a McD's similar meal costs £4.59.
Yes, you have to switch your oven on and open the packets..and assemble the meal yourself..and nobody hands it to you on cardboard platters within a paper bag...but you haven't had to leave your home or spend any fuel. 

And if you really wanted to eat this in front of a view somewhere, pop it in a tupperware box, drive there and still have made a saving!

I accept that 'going out for McD's' is a treat, but treats should be far apart so they stay treats, not routines.

I'm not going to apologise for ranting.
And I'm not attacking McD's, I'm totally bemused at folk wasting money, that's all.

In Part 2 I will be showing you what I do to make our budget stretch the month with some gorgeous meal ideas.  

Tracey xx


  1. Not somewhere that I go but I know the grandchildren love to go occasionally for a treat.

  2. I agree with you, it is ridiculous and I am sure the home made versions taste so much better. Even nicer to make them from scratch although maybe that is a step too far. I saw a local McD setting up queue barriers in the street and I was amazed that people would actually queue!!
    I think I'm getting old!

  3. HI Tracey, point well made. Although most of the country seems to be mad for McDonalds I'm one of those people who would only eat it in extremis, when nothing else is open and I'm miles from home, so I find it hard to understand how it's come to be a treat for so many people. Fast food was once a novelty and getting a flabby bun and grey pattie in a bag was something new and exciting, but now we have fast food from a dozen different cultures available to us, why anyone would choose a burger escapes me! Rant over...

  4. Never ceases to amaze me why McDs is so popular. As you've proved, cheap stuff sold at huge profit mark-up.


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