Going out to eat is all fun and games until you realize how much it’s killing your budget. From the $1 McDonald’s soft drink to the lavish four-course Taco Bell meal, every dollar counts when you’re on a budget. That’s why Rachel and I set out to find the best deal on chicken nuggets.
The average cost of 10 chicken nuggets is about $3.06, from our experiment. That does not even consider the cost of sides, drinks, additional menu items, or dessert.
But does it really matter if you spend $1.49 or $5.35? We aren’t suggesting you give up quality for cost. But being aware of what is a good deal and what is overpriced can help you take small steps towards saving more money.
A Few Tips When Considering Where to Buy Your Nuggets
Hype Doesn’t Mean Everyone Will Love It
Don’t get us wrong we love Chick-fil-a, but the hype doesn’t necessarily apply to the value of their chicken nuggets. They came in at the most expensive on our list $5.35 for 12 nuggets or a price per nugget (PPN) $0.45. Although the juicy chicken was delicious, it seemed a bit overpriced and under seasoned for our taste.
Rock Bottom Prices Aren’t Always a Good Thing
Rachel and I love a good deal, but not all that glitters is gold. When we saw the $1.49 price tag on 10 nuggets at Burger King ($0.15 PPN) we became both excited and skeptical. Our inner Deal Divas lit up, but could the quality exceed expectation? Quality isn’t something we are necessarily willing to compromise with food. Unfortunately, we’ll pass on this deal. Knowing your compromise threshold is key to finding your personal best value.
Find Your Personal Preference
We had three mid-range nuggets from our experiment: Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s. Although they did not come in at rock bottom prices, we found their overall value reasonable for the price and quality. At this point, it really came down to our personal preference. Maybe it was the cornucopia-esque presentation? Perhaps the jalapeno’s subtle kick or even the nacho cheese sauce? No matter the cause, we both gave Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chips the Deal Divas’ seal of approval.
Your Budget’s Impact
Eating out is often a joy-inducing experience; however, if you do it often it can come at a lofty expense. Eating chicken nuggets once a week may seem reasonable, but when we crunched the numbers it was clear it could add up to hundreds of dollars a year. If eat out once a week and you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, you can save as much as $200 a year by scoping out the cheapest fast food options.
An expensive nugget won’t always be an ideal nugget for everyone. If you’re looking for quality nuggets, don’t be fooled by the price, because you might be able to get something you like more for even less!