SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: A McDonalds' restaurant sign is seen as the restaurant is closed due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 19, 2020 in Southampton, England. In a press conference on Thursday, First Secretary of State Dominic Raab announced that the lockdown will remain in place for at least 3 more weeks. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 140,000 lives and infecting more than 2 million people. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Expensive? McDonald’s?

Have you noticed that everything seems to be getting more and more expensive these days? Whether it’s due to inflation, or worse shrinkflation it seems like everywhere you look you’re getting less and less for your buck. Add McDonald’s to that mix as they have gone from one of the cheapest places to get a quick bite to one of the most expensive. In fact according to Business Insider the prices of a meal at McDonalds has risen by 100% in the last 10 years. That means prices have literally doubled (or McDoubled bwaaaaahahahahahaha).

A few weeks ago I started looking at the difference between prices at McDonalds now compared to 30 years ago back in the 90s. Of course the price had risen, but what I didn’t expect was that it had risen WELL over inflation. That is except in one instance and that was with Happy Meals. While the cost of a Quarter Pounder, and every other item had tripled or more in 30 years the cost of a Happy Meal had remarkable stayed reasonably priced at only about $2 more than it was back in the 90s.

Or So I thought

Doing my due dilligence on the story I decided to not just look at the cost of Happy meals at the McDonalds closest to me in Waltham, but I decided to search through 23 of the top McDonald’s in Massachusetts and see which one’s had the cheapest and the most expensive prices. The answer honestly shocked me. I live in Lexington and many people, especially my cohosts, tell me that everything is overpriced and ostentatious there. Well turns out that’s not the case. Here is a list of the top 23 McDonald’s in Massachusetts ranked from most to least expensive. Where does yours rank?

My Criteria

I decided to rank them by how expensive their Happy Meals were. Why? Because the Happy Meal is still the most popular meal at McDonalds and since the Happy Meal is the only meal at McDonald’s that is reasonably priced it’s the best way to guage how expensive the McDonald’s overall is.

  • MOST EXPENSIVE: McDonalds at 128 Broadway, Saugus, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.59
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $7.69

  • 22. McDonalds at 114 Broadway, Saugus, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.19
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.19
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $7.69

  • 21. McDonalds at 333 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.09
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $7.59

  • 20. McDonalds at 1750 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $6.19
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.69
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 19. McDonalds at 197 California Street, Newton, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $6.19
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.69
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 18. McDonalds at 111 Needham Street, Newton, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $6.19
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.69
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 17. McDonalds at 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.99
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 16. McDonalds at 360 Western Avenue, Brighton, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.99
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 15. McDonalds at 1223 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.99
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 14. McDonalds at McGrath Highway, Somerville, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.99
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 13. McDonalds at 540 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.99
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 12. McDonalds at 329 Washington Street, Brighton, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.79
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.99

  • 11. McDonalds at 463 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.19
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.79

  • 10. McDonalds at I-95/RTE 128 South, Needham, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.89
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.69

  • 9. McDonalds at I-95 Lexington Service Plaza, Lexington, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.89
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.69

  • 8. McDonalds at 350 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $5.19
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.49
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $6.59

  • 7. McDonalds at 55 Great Road, Acton, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $4.89
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.19
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.79

  • 6. McDonalds at 595 Mill Street, Worcester, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $4.59
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $4.99
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.49

  • 5. McDonalds at 187 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $4.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $4.69
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.49

  • 4. McDonalds at 548 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $4.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $4.89
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.39

  • 3. McDonalds at 789 Main Street, Waltham, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $4.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $4.59
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.39

  • 2. McDonalds at 200 Great Road, Bedford, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $4.49
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $4.59
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.39

  • 1. CHEAPEST! McDonalds at 55 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA

    Hamburger Happy Meal: $4.39
    4 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $4.59
    6 Piece McNugget Happy Meal: $5.39

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