How do you order off the dollar menu??

@reinydawn (11651)
United States
June 24, 2008 9:27am CST
My husband goes to McDonald's sometimes to eat and he loves getting things off the dollar menu (well, because they're only $1). But, when he orders the cheeseburger or whatever, he always says "off the dollar menu" after her orders it. I guess I should take a look, but I'm pretty sure that there aren't two prices for a cheeseburger, the dollar menu price and then something higher. If I'm driving and I place the order, he always yells across the car and out the window "Off the dollar menu" so he's only charged a dollar. Is there a different price if you don't say that? I really don't think so but I'm going to have to check. Do you make sure you tell them you're ordering "off the dollar menu" or do you just order the item, knowing it's only a dollar?
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
24 Jun 08
When I order of the dollar menu, I just order the item, I don't say off the dollar menu. I think there is just one item and it is listed on the dollar menu. I've never had any problem ordering and getting the item I wanted and I don't say off the dollar menu! That's funny that he says off the dollar menu!
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Oh, he hollers it across the car and out the window if I'm driving. I just giggle at him. I'm chuckling now thinking about it!
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I am like you, not sure if there is a difference in price if you just order something without telling them "off the dollar menu". I just order and hardly ever look at the menu and then don't look at the prices.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I figure I know about what it should cost, if it sounds right then I pay it. I think the prices before this whole dollar menu thing were like a buck fifty, so that's not enough for me to really worry over.
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@brimia (6588)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I think you're right...there's only one price option for an item otherwise it'd be pretty confusing. I only go to McD's about once a year though :)
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I don't go very often either, but I am pretty sure they don't have two seperate prices. I went yesterday and forgot to look. I'm tempted to just go in one tonight to see!
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• United States
25 Jun 08
This is hilarious! It sounds like something my husband would do :0) I just order a cheeseburger personally. But now that I have read this I am going to request a cheeseburger "off the dollar menu" and see what type of reaction I get from the person taking the order!!
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
You'll have to let us know. I'm sure they're in there rolling their eyes like we're idiots or something. I wonder if they just want to say "You don't have to tell US it's only a dollar, we know!" My first job was at McDonald's and I know sometimes we thought people just weren't very bright when they placed their order - like saying "to go" in the drive-through (we got that a lot!).
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• United States
25 Jun 08
"To go"...That's another good one! Your're killin' me! :) I can't stop giggle over this. I can't wait until my lunch break...I'm going to McDonald's!!
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• United States
25 Jun 08
ctobler0609, You're funny. Thanks for the laugh. :-D
• United States
25 Jun 08
How funny, that reminds me of a story. When my daughter was in preschool I was at the bank drive up teller. She yelled out the window from the back seat "I want a happy meal." the teller and I started laughing. Maybe he is ordering a dollar. Heehee
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Oh that's precious! Thank you for the giggle!!! I'm sure if my husband tried to order just the dollar they'd think he was totally nuts!
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
24 Jun 08
We do eat off the dollar menu. You don't have to tell them that. Although I am sure he is just making sure they don't give him a higher priced sandwich. Some of their sandwiches are very close to each other.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I'll have to pay attention next time we go. I usually get a #2 with a diet coke so I have no clue what else is even on the menu any more.
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• Canada
25 Jun 08
Either way. I am not in the habit of telling them that I am ordering off the dollar menu, but I woudln't feel bad saying it. I'm sure the people ordering in there know what a cheeseburger costs, so if I order one they'll know it's from the dollar menu. Whatever works.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
When I worked at McDonald's (MANY moons ago) we had pictures on the register so we just hit that and the price came up. I'm sure it's not much different now, there's no punching in price numbers any more.
@KrauseHome (33882)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Well, when I order something off of the $1 menu there or somewhere else that has a $1 menu, I just order the item or items not worrying about them not knowing what I am ordering. But if my husband is ordering something thru the drive thru, he does the same thing. I know it can be annoying, but if it reassures them to say that, then I guess we have to let them. (And just cringe everytime they do it.)
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Yeah, me too. But this weekend it was funny because he just ordered the chicken sandwich without saying "on the dollar menu" and they asked him if he wanted the grilled chicken or the dollar menu chicken. I half expected a "told you so" from him!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
15 Jul 08
SOme places have different prices. I have figured out how to work the $1 menus tho. YOu might pay more for a bigger burger or soemthing like that, but then just get the $1 fries and a $1 small drink. At Burger King the Whopper Jr is a $1. And that is perfect for me. And on the children's meals in the bag - they are about $4.59 for a small burger, or 6 piece chicken tenders and small drink - well, at BK I get 2, 4 piece chicken tenders, a small fry and a small drink and pay $4 - I get 2 more tenders and pay nearly a dollar less! What you are paying for is the toy that is tossed the second you get home!
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I don't eat at fast food enough any more to know what all the prices are. When I do have to go to McDonald's or something, it's to get something quickly between stops. The price is irrelevant to me. My husband gets it a lot though, so he tries to shop it a bit too.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
11 Jul 08
i am not sure about that, but i think this is something that is a hook to get you in to the restaraunt so be careful!
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
15 Jul 08
McDonald's was probably the first one to introde the "Dollar Menu" items. It's a select few items that are only a dollar. They aren't all that popular, but my husband likes to order them because they're only $1.
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I generally just order the double cheese burger, never mentioning the dollar menu at all. The ones that I have noticed tend to spice up their higher priced burgers and such. You may have a double cheese burger on both, but one would be just a double cheese burger and the other may be a double cheese burger with bacon.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I've got to pay attention to that menu when we go again. There usually isn't enough time in the drive-thru to really look it over good, so I just stick with my old faithful - #2 with a diet coke.
@surveygrrl (1271)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Yeah...LOL. That is funny but I can imagine alittle embarrassing too. If I order something that has another price I say something like...$1 fries, but if I order a 4 peice chicken nuggets I say just that not a 4 peice chicken nuggets off the dollar menu. Funny to hear about other husbands quirks. I know everybody has them.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Oh, I'm sure I've got some things that drive my husband batty too!
@ichigo111 (491)
• Canada
25 Jun 08
Trust me, mcdonald can rip you off really badly, This is why dad avoids it.
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I haven't had much problems with it. I usually know about what my total will be so if it doesn't sound right I have them read it back to me. I also check my entire bag before I leave because I have been shorted stuff before.
• Hong Kong
25 Jun 08
Well, I remember my boyfriend would say something like, "cheeseburger, $1." And I found it funny because I looked and I thought there wasn't any other cheeseburger. I guess they just want to make sure they are charged $1 to avoid any surprises.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I guess if I ordered things on the dollar menu (I have no clue what's on it) then I'd be a bit more aware too... I always order the same thing, it's more than a dollar.
• United States
25 Jun 08
hahah I order it the same way!!! I think I feel the need to clarify... like just in case. I dunno, lol! :)
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
That's what my husband said to me last night - I want to make sure they know to only charge me a dollar :)
@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I honestly question this one myself. I find myself adding the phrase "on the dollar menu." You are probably right about there not being a similar item on the menu but I just like to cover my bases. With the cost of living rising daily, you really can't blame your husband for being cautious.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Well, he definitely hates to part with any money, even a dollar so I know he wouldn't be happy about spending more than he anticipated!
• United States
25 Jun 08
It's actually really funny to me to read all this because I've worked at Wendy's, Hardee's, and Arby's, so I have first-hand experience with the dollar menu situation. Wendy's, for example- anything on the value menu (not dollar anymore sadly) is normally listed as a jr. if it's a hamburger or cheeseburger. The only thing you have to say off their is 'value' sized drink because those are 99 cents, while if you just say drink, it is assumed you want a small, which is a few cents more. As for Arby's, I don't think there is a dollar menu, so we'll skip that one. Hardee's does have a problem with the cheeseburgers because there's the #1, which is a cheeseburger meal, and then there are the small cheeseburgers. Most employees will ask if they're good at their job (most aren't, though), so it's safer to say, "I want the 'small' cheeseburger," or "I want the 99 cents cheeseburger." There isn't a dollar menu, so you have to specify price. With the value menu at Wendy's, from the perspective of a former employee- it is incredibly annoying to be told, 'off the value menu/dollar menu' because the employees know. Not stupid. I saw someone mention that they say a sandwich in a drive through and then they get irritated because the cashier asks, would you like the meal? Seriously, don't get annoyed by that. It's part of his/her job. He has to suggestive sell. Fast food is a high-stress environment all around so it's great when customers don't make it worse by being mean at the drive-through. (Lots of experience with that, can you tell?) Anyways, seeing as I hadn't seen any previous fast-food employee responses, I figured I'd put in my own two cents worth. Oh, and I'm never going back to fast food. Way too much stress, too little money, and not enough respect from either customers or fellow employees. So for all of you who have never worked fast-food, be nice to those who do. It's probably one of the hardest restaurant jobs in the industry.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I feel with ya here... 5 years at McDonald's, some managerial, 6 months at Arby's, 3 years at Friendly's (all managerial). Yeah, btdt! It is very stressful and people think that only an idiot can work there, but it does take a bit of brain power. I'm glad you're out of it, there is definitely better!!
@LouieWpHs04 (4560)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I think there actually is a difference, I could be wrong though. I do that on occasion too, but I don't think I really make a habit of it. I guess it's just being cautious. I don't really want to spew out an order that doesn't actually cost a $1 and then pull up to the window & realize that I ordered wrong and am being charged more then a buck for a cheeseburger or whatever it may be.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I never order off the dollar menu and I really don't know what they have on it. I'll have to check it out and see if there's anything that I'd like...
@fluffysue (1407)
• United States
25 Jun 08
No, I usually do not specify that it is "off the dollar menu", but I can see why he does this. There are two different cheeseburgers, but even though they call the larger one "quarter pounder with cheese", on rare occasions you might find you end up with the larger sandwich, even if you just say "cheeseburger". This can happen with fries or other items too. But, I will usually just say "small" or whatever the dollar size happens to be.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I'm the Quarter Pounder with cheese person, and I wish it was on the dollar menu!
@k101707 (102)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Honestly at first I did this too but I don't any longer. I just say a double cheese burger. Like you said there shouldnt be more than one price for a cheeseburger.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
25 Jun 08
His is probably a left-over habit from when it started too. We were laughing about it last night. I'll have to see if he still does it after I told him about this discussion.