Driving me crazy..McDonalds

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Driving me crazy..McDonalds
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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 9:39am

I have a friend that is majorly frugal. She has 4 children-7,5,3 and a newborn. I have met her at McDonalds twice this month for the kids to play in the playland. I get myself either the two cheeseburger meal or a salad and two happy meals for the kids. She gets a two cheeseburger meal and either the chicken nugget meal or, if there is a special, two happy meals. Then, they divide it between all of them. Last night, she got 2 hamburger meals and brought cheese to put on them.


I have never tried to have my kids share a happy meal. I have this picture of Thanksgiving twenty years in the future when they complain that they had to share happy meals and they brought their own cheese and how horrible it was. I know my sister and I would bring it all the time if we had to share in our childhood.


So, do you have your kids share happy meals? Do you bring your own cheese or drink? Do you go and not get a happy meal for the kids? Am I the stereotypical overindulgent, fat, slovenly American or what?


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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 10:08am
Nah, doesn't sound like it--you aren't ordering supersized meals for everybody! Now I have had my kids share happy meals, but not because I'm cheap. Because they were such tiny eaters, neither one would finish a whole meal by themselves. REally, 2 chicken nuggets & some fries & they were full. Now the younger one can eat a whole meal most times & my older dd eats mroe too. So I ususally buy them 2 meals unless the older dd wants a fish sandwich or something & then she gets just the sandwich & they share the drink & the fries. It always works out that they have enough & I can always give them some of my fries if they don't have enough. So it's not economics for us, just practical.

Of all the friends I've met at McDonalds, only one buys a couple meals & has them split things for cheapness (and her dh is the air force like mine, but at the beginning of his career so do not make hardly any money)--but I've never seen anyone bring cheese! That's pretty funny!

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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 10:12am

Well, considering my oldest ds eats two happy meals himself....no we don't split them, LoL.

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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 10:27am
I've stopped buying Happy or kids meals. My kids neither one ever finish a whole one. Instead, I buy something for all of

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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 10:31am
You know, I always get two happy meals and just give DS my toy. I like the portions of the happy meal--not crazy big.

My parents, otoh, don't buy happy meals, they just get DS nuggets or a burger and get a large fry for him to share w/my mom.

Who gets the toy? That would be my beef w/the whole thing!

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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 10:34am
I despise Mcdonalds and we seldom go there (once every couple months). Of course the kids love it, but I feel like I might as well be injecting them with poison when I take them there-seriously!

When we do go, they each get their own meal (ds a cheeseburger happy meal and dd an adult meal). I usually just get a soda and pick at ds' fries. I do like the taste of their cheeseburgers-I craved them when I was pg (wierd because I really dont like fast food!).

My stepmother was *frugal* (we call it being cheap, LOL). And I HATED it. I am all about a bargain but there is just something nasty about bringing your own CHEESE to put on a burger. I think there is a difference between being frugal (shopping the sales, not being wasteful) and being cheap-which is where I'd put your friend. I cant stand cheapness, big pet peeve of mine, LOL!!

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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 10:39am

Mine too. I just can't imagine making my children share the toy. It just seems...unfair. They already share hotwheels and their cuddle time with Mommy and their bed. One junky toy seems unfair.


My sister and I would have torn each apart for that toy. We would have fought and bickered until my mother threw the toy out of the car. We didn't share well.


Maybe I should teach them to share better but it is one toy. It baffles me that her older three share the toy without fighting.

Kristi

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Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 10:44am
If it weren't for the physical distance between us, I'd have to wonder if your friend is related to my father.

It wasn't until I hit my 20s when I realized that since I was paying for my own way, I really could order a drink and not just get water. He was THAT cheap. And yes, he loved to tell us we could just add cheese at home. He has loosened up in his old age... but as a kid, we never even got popcorn at the movie theatre. For years a friend and I went to the movie theatre at least once a week we never got any munchies, (A combination of living cheap and teenage dieting, LOL) and I think by the time I started dating I probably offended a few dates who were paying by being skimpy and cheap out of sheer habit. And YES, there have been Thanksgiving meals in which we teased my father about his cheapness in our youth. He usually turns bright red.

I'm sure it's an issue of affordability though. My brother has four kids under age 10 and another on the way. He can't just afford to keep buying the meals (especially since these places have begun offer $4 big kid meals!,) and his biggest complaint was really that those toys just end up in the garbage. For him it's worth it to take the $10 and spend it on a new board game for the evening. I don't have a problem spending the few bucks on the happy meals because my kids still have little disney figures they got a year ago that they still play with, and it costs $5 for two happy meals. I just can't save any real money by not ordering them...

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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 11:25am
I have had them share a children's meal at like a Chili's when my youngest was littler because my bird-eater 5 year old would maybe eat half the grilled cheese and then my one year old would eat the other half, why buy two when they would share one. I never made them share a happy meal. When younger ds was littler, I'd just share my food with him. NOw, they both eat their own happy meals. I wouldn't make them share because I think 4 nuggests or a small cheeseburger is not enough for two children to split and be full. Plus there is the toy issue, god forbid they ever had to share one happy meal toy, lol. But it doesn't make or break the bank for us either. Maybe she is really tight on a budget, by heavens, if you can afford the $2.99 for the happy meal, what's another 20 cents for the damn cheese, that one has me LMAO. She could probably find 20 cents in the parking lot for heaven's sake. I agree with you there, I'd see these disturbed children in 20 years griping over mom getting out the cheese at McD's when they were kids. For some reason this has me thinking of the Eddie Murphy routine about not being able to afford McD's and his mom making Momma burgers...... "Betta dan McDonalds?"........ ROFLMAO. Thank you for the smile :)
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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 11:57am
Does anyone remember, about a year ago, we had a discussion on frugality in order to SAH and where to draw the line and there was a militant sah who said she saved happy meal toys and used them as stocking stuffers??????? Just made me think of that.
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Wed, 03-31-2004 - 12:14pm

We don't buy happy meals. They're too expensive. My kids get nuggets at Wendy's (we don't do mcdonalds) and split some 99 cent fries. No drinks. And even that's off the menu now because we're not eating out at all these days.

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