Cheapest Ways to Get McDonald's Monopoly Game Pieces

How to Win McDonald's Monopoly Without Breaking Your Budget

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Do you want to play McDonald's Monopoly, but don't want to spend a lot of money to enter? Are you wondering how to get as many game codes as you can for the least money? Use this breakdown of the cheapest ways to get McDonald's Monopoly game pieces to save money while you win.

How to Get Free McDonald's Monopoly Game Codes

While you need game pieces to enter the collect-and-win and instant sweepstakes, you enter the online portion of the Monopoly Sweepstakes using alphanumeric codes. You can find these codes alongside the game pieces that you receive with your food purchases, but McDonald's sometimes makes them available for free.

Many times, McDonald's offers free entry codes through social media. To make sure you don't miss any free chances to enter and win it's a good idea to follow McDonald's on Facebook and Twitter, and to sign up for their email newsletter. You can then snap up free online entry codes whenever they are released.

A surefire way to get online entry codes is to buy them along with the collect-and-win game pieces using the methods described below. Game pieces that contain instant cash prizes won't have codes printed on them.

Enter McDonald's Monopoly for the Cost of Stamps

You can get McDonald's Monopoly game pieces without purchase (and without calories) by mail. According to the 2016 Monopoly rules, get your free game pieces by sending a SASE to:

2016 MONEY MONOPOLY Game at McDonald's Game Piece Request, P.O. Box 49248, Strongsville, OH 44149-0248

Getting game pieces by mail will cost you a stamp and an envelope for each game piece. See the rules of the most recent Monopoly game for more information.

The Cheapest McDonald's Food Items to Buy to Get Game Pieces

If you want to get game pieces by buying McDonald's products, here is the list of items to buy, listed in order from cheapest to most expensive per game piece. These prices and eligible food items were for the 2016 Monopoly Game.

Item Name: Number of Game Pieces: Average Item Cost: Cost per Game Piece:
Large Fries 4 game pieces $1.89 about $0.47
Hash Browns 2 game pieces $1.09 about $0.55
Medium (21 oz.) Fountain Drink 2 game pieces $1.29 about $0.65

Biscuit sandwich

2 game pieces

$1.39

about $0.70

20-piece Chicken McNuggets 4 game pieces $5.00 about $1.25
Egg McMuffin 2 game pieces $2.79 about $1.40
Filet-O-Fish sandwich 2 game pieces $3.79 about $1.90
Big Mac sandwich 2 game pieces $3.99 about $2.00
10-piece Chicken McNuggets 2 game pieces $4.49 about $2.25
2016 McDonald's Monopoly - Eligible Products

*Note that these prices are approximate. Prices may value from store to store, and special deals and coupons might lower prices on various items. Also, these prices are for the purchase of individual items. A Big Mac Meal with a large fry would contain several game pieces for less money per piece.

When a purchase gives you multiple game pieces, I've divided the total price by two to end up with the price per game piece. For example, both a 20-piece Chicken McNugget and a Large Fry purchase will give you four game pieces.

These prices come from FastFoodMenuPrices.com, which gives an estimate of the average costs of the different products that McDonald's offers. Your local prices might vary, so be sure to check them out before you buy.

To check if any of the game pieces you receive are winners, see my list of Rare McDonald's Monopoly Game Pieces.

Selling or Trading Game Pieces

If you're thinking about saving money by buying game pieces from other people, be aware that McDonald's Monopoly's rules specifically prohibit game piece trading. If you do it anyway and you win, you could be disqualified, cheating yourself out of a prize.

It's also worth asking yourself why someone would sell a game piece that is a potential winner. The most obvious reason is that the seller is running a game piece trading scam, where an unscrupulous person tries to cheat others out of their prizes or their money. Trying to buy game pieces could expose you to these scams.

If you have a rare piece, you've all but won the prize. If you have a common piece, they're a dime a dozen. Either way, don't be tempted to "team up" with anyone else to share prizes. It's better in the long run to use the official methods of getting Monopoly game pieces: by mail or with purchase.