My McDonald's Rant
I remember being in junior high and the first couple of years of high school when you could go to McDonald's, order a hamburger plus fries and regular drink and actually get change back from the dollar you offered to pay for your meal.
Just a side note, I am not even a grandmother yet. My oldest child is 24 years old, I always said I would not turn into my mother, but now feel that is exactly what I am doing.
My favorite menu item now at McD's is actually a drink. I love iced coffee and they have good iced coffee. You used to be able to get a large (I mean a real actual large drink, just like the size you get in their soda offerings) and it cost you around $2.89 or a little more. Good price and good size.
They had to go and change things up. McDonald's is all about several different target audiences. They have unique offerings for those who are not concerned about saving a buck, they have family offerings and value offerings for people and families on a budget and they have their core products for people who do not like change.
If the iced coffee was a core product we would not have to worry, but this is not the case. McDonald's has been offering any size hot coffee or a large sweet tea for $1.00 (just a buck) for quite a while now. Last summer they started offering any size iced coffee for $1.00 as well. Let me tell you, that was a sweet deal! I actually started trying some of the other value menu items from time to time and did not mind stopping in to get an iced coffee several times a week. I do not have a lot of disposable income, but if I felt like having a drink it was either going to be a 99¢ Arizona Green Tea in a can or a large McDonald's Iced Coffee for a buck!
Well McDonald's has penny-pinched themselves right out of my business. They have shrunk the size of their large iced coffee cup to what used to be the small iced coffee. They made us an offer that was hard to believe and then took it back by shrinking the deal. You can't even get the larger size cup anymore because they "would not be able to charge you for that size since the registers are programmed."
When I drive, I like having one drink cup and it better be a big one. I drive 75 minutes to work each day and 75 minutes back. If I have to purchase two cups just to get the same amount I got before, then I won't even bother, I would rather spend the money I did before to get the big one. I don't need a cup carrier for extra cans of tea, but I do for extra fast food drink cups and lo and behold, my Dodge Neon only has one that is convenient to the driver. Besides that, you can get refills on the coffee and sweet tea if you dine in, but not on the iced coffee, even though both of those are only a dollar as well.