McDonald’s $1 Menu Returns and We’re Lovin’ It (Even With $2 and $3 Items)

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We all have them. It’s OK. They show up when you least expect them.


You suddenly find yourself jonesing for a McDonald’s cheeseburger and some of those fries that are oh so salty and delicious.

But you don’t want to spend much money to fill your craving, either. If you still pine for the old McDonald’s dollar menu, brace yourself: As of Jan. 4, the dollar menu is back.

What’s on the New McDonald’s Dollar Menu?

The reincarnation of the McDonald’s dollar menu actually has three tiers. Instead of limiting the menu to a few $1 items, McDonald’s has added some $2 and $3 selections as well. Logically, it’s calling this the 1-2-3 Dollar Menu. Here is the breakdown.

$1 Menu Items

Sausage Burrito
Any size soft drink

$2 Menu Items

Sausage McGriddles
2-Piece Buttermilk Crispy Tenders
Bacon McDouble
Small McCafe beverage

$3 Menu Items

Sausage McMuffin With Egg
Classic Chicken Sandwich
Triple Cheeseburger
Happy Meal

OK, so not everything is just a buck. Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s U.S. president, told USA Today there’s a reason for that: “As a result of it being one price point, it was fairly limited in terms of what you could put on it…. Having done that for 10 years, it ran out of gas.”

But none of McDonald’s other value pitches seemed to catch on, and competitors have been introducing their own value menus, so McDonald’s is getting back to what works.

A Bacon McDouble for $2? I’ll take one, ketchup only, please.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.