I'm not a fan of fast food, but if we are going to occasionally splurge on cheap, nutritionless treats that don't even really taste that good, I don't see any reason to spend more money than necessary.
Yesterday the kids and I each got a double cheeseburger from McDonald's dollar menu. The dollar menu isn't where McDonald's makes their money, though. It's the side items.
So instead of buying fries and drinks (we usually get a cup of water, honestly), we hit the dollar store and got 3-for-a dollar cheetos and a 2-liter bottle of Sprite.
Total to feed all 4 of us, with leftovers? $6.
From now on, I think I will keep a small stash of 3-for-a-dollar chips in the van so all I have to do is add dollar sandwiches and water in a cup (unless we bring our own drinks). That leaves a few more dollars for real eating out, which is a lot more fun!
Frugal Fridays hosted by Crystal.