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McDonald's Dollar Menu Isn't What It Used to Be — Here's What You Need to Know

The $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu will vary depending on your local McDonald's.
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The official McDonald's value menu has changed a lot over the years. At one point, the fast-food giant had a 2 for $5 Mix & Match Deal, but they discontinued it soon after. Now, the McDonald's dollar menu is the only value menu option. Rather than the offerings costing only $1, the company has a tier system. The $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu is now your value menu, but it's not as simple as that.

The McDonald's dollar menu and promotions has gone local.

What can I order on the McDonald's dollar menu?

The McDonald's website only shows two out of the three tiers of offerings: $1 items and $2 items. For the $3 menu items? You'll have to stop at a local store to see what's on the value menu.

For $1, you get any size soft drinks.

For $2, your selection is limited to McCafé beverages.

Your local McDonald's may have more options for $1 or $2, but the soft drink and McCafe offerings are the only ones offered nationwide.

For $3 items, you're going to have to stop by your local McDonald's, which may also have expanded options offered at $1 or $2.

What happened to McDonald's dollar menu?

The former $1 menu lineup—which was last updated in early 2018—consisted of classics such as the McChicken sandwich, a cheeseburger, a sausage burrito, and any size fountain drink.

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The last time the $1 $2 $3 dollar menu was updated at the end of 2019 saw the loss of the Happy Meal—you know, a child's choice of a main meal paired with a side, a drink, and a toy. So the deals seem like they're getting progressively worse over time.

Now, there are no food items offered nationwide, and some local franchises don't offer any dollar menu deals.

Are there any promotions at McDonald's anymore?

That doesn't mean you won't find any promotions at the fast food chain. You can search for McDonald's deals in the chain's app for iOS and Android. Order directly from UberEats, and you'll find exactly what promotions your local chain is offering.

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more