McDonald’s Monopoly is a promotion that was run by this fast food company in conjunction with Hasbro, the owners of the Monopoly board game. Although many believe this is a recent thing, considering it has only recently gained in popularity, it was actually first used back in the 1980s. In the 2000s it really took hold and these days it can be found in countries around the world. The name is often slightly different, but the theme and the rules are the same and there is always a close connection with the Monopoly board game.
McDonald’s Monopoly basically gives you a chance at winning prizes every time that you purchase an applicable product. These products come with small square stickers that reflect a square on a Monopoly board. This piece will either return no victory, or it will return a prize win, such as a free item, which can be redeemed with the piece.
The US version of McDonald’s Monopoly has actually been stopped several times. One such stoppage was a result of fraud. This followed what was an oversight by the game’s manufacturers, one that allowed may top prizes to be collected by a member of the company that created them.
McDonald’s Monopoly Rare Items
Some of the rarest McDonald’s Monopoly pieces have been listed below. Bear in mind that codes change every year, along with the prizes. However, a rare property one year will also be a rare property the next year, even though it’s code and its prize will be different.
- Mediterranean Avenue (Brown): This piece has often returned between $50 and $100; a prize that has been the most common throughout the many years that this promotion has been run. One of the few times that it did not offer $50 or $100 was in 2013. Back then you could use it to unlock $1,000 in cash. Although it would only return a prize of $25 in gift cards in Canada.
- Vermont Avenue (Sky Blue): In 2016 this one offered big prizes in both the US and Canada, including a $1,000 cash prize. Prior to this you have been able to unlock prizes of around the same value.
- Virginia Avenue (Pink): The prizes increase to between $2,000 and $10,000 for this. One of the lowest came in 2011 when it only unlocked a $200 certificate to a spa. In 2015 and 2016 you could use it to unlock $5,000 and $10,000.
- Tennessee Avenue (Orange): Another piece that has returned wins of at least $5,000, both in the United States and in Canada. One of the lowest prizes this has ever returned was $1,500, but the average is much higher.
- Kentucky Avenue (Red): In 2016 the prize for this piece was $10,000 if you lived in the United States, and half that if you were in Canada. In years prior the cash amounts have been very similar, including big vacations and other top prizes.
- Vintner Avenue (Yellow): The prize for this piece was $25,000 in 2016. You could win an exclusive Beaches Resorts Vacation the year before that.
- Pennsylvania Avenue (Green): You would have received $50,000 if you had picked up this piece in the 2016 game, and other years have also returned big wins. Make sure you keep this close to your heart if you get it in future years.
- Boardwalk (Navy Blue): If you were lucky enough to get this piece in 2016 then you would receive $1 million, making this the most lucrative piece in the game of McDonald’s Monopoly.
- Free Parking: Although this piece has not really featured in recent games of McDonald’s Monopoly, there was a time when it returned an impressive $100,000. As a very lucrative section of the board, this is likely to be a big piece if it makes a return to McDonald’s Monopoly, so keep it close.
How to Get Free McDonald’s
One of the best ways to save on McDonald’s is to make sure you take advantage of every single promotion. McDonald’s rely on the fact that these promotions are often ignored, and that coupons are often discarded. Most fast food customers don’t want to save 1 piece of a coffee cup just because another 5 or 6 pieces will earn them a free cup. And most of them will discard McDonald’s Monopoly pieces unless they lead to something big and impressive.
Ask friends and family and they will probably have some of these pieces lying around. Make sure you keep every one you get and use them to cut the cost of your meal. You can also employ a bit of extreme couponing.
To do this you need to collect all of these promotions that you get direct from McDonald’s. You should also look to get coupon codes online. Social media pages are good for this. You can cut them from local newspapers promoting the chain as well. When you have these then you can wait for food holidays like National French Fries Day and National Cheeseburger Day. These are big days that most chains follow closely, offering all kinds of cut-price food.
By waiting for those days and using the McDonald’s coupons you already have, you should be able to get a lot of cheap food. There are many people who also use the tactic of walking into the restaurant, complaining that the drive-thru missed something from their order, and then getting food without question.
It’s a cheap and nasty tactic and one that we wouldn’t recommend. But these chains are all about customer satisfaction. They don’t want complaints and arguments and food is cheap to them, so they often give you what you ask, even if they suspect you are lying.
McDonald’s toys can be found in Happy meals, which are aimed at kids. These meals come with fries, burgers and drinks, as well as snacks and toys. These toys are rarely valuable. However, there have been some collectible toys that have made more than their worth on eBay. Some of the most sought after McDonald’s toys over the years have included toys based around the Pokemon card game and the Minions characters.
McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys: Collectible and Rare
We mentioned that some Happy Meal toys are now worth a lot of money. So, before you start digging out your kid’s collection and hunting on eBay, there are a few toys that you should be on the look out for:
- Muppet Babies: If you collect all four of these toys then you can expect to receive at least $40.
- Potato Head Kids: This collection has previously sold for $75 and is still in demand.
- 101 Dalmatians: It is one of the larger collections released to tie-in with a film franchise. It is also one of the most sought-after. This collection has fetched as much as $200 in the past.
- Dinner Keshi: These bizarre creatures were given away in countless Happy Meals during the 1970s. They no doubt ended up in a lot of bins (they really are not very attractive). But if you kept yours then you could get $400 for the set today.
- Furby: All things Furby have proved to be popular and these Happy Meal toys are no different. They were released in the 90s and are worth hundreds today.
- Beanie Babies: One of the few collections that seem to be worth more than Furbies, these have been known to sell for in excess of $500.