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? If you aren't getting codes along with your meals, 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 can get free entries into the online portion of the Monopoly Sweepstakes using alphanumeric codes.

These codes can be found on the game pieces that you receive with your McDonald's food purchases. Codes are available on game pieces with collect-and-win or instant food prizes. Pieces that contain instant cash prizes won't have codes printed on them, however.

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 , , and by email, so that you can snap up free online entry codes whenever they are released.

Enter McDonald's Monopoly for the Cost of Stamps

You can get McDonald's Monopoly game pieces without purchase (and ) by mail. According to the 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, approximately in order from cheapest to most expensive per game piece.

2016 McDonald's Monopoly - Eligible Products
Item Name:Number of Game Pieces: Average Item Cost: Cost per Game Piece: 
Large Fries4 game pieces$1.89about $0.47
Hash Browns2 game pieces$1.09about $0.55
Medium (21 oz.) Fountain Drink2 game pieces$1.29about $0.65

Biscuit sandwich

2 game pieces

$1.39

about $0.70

20-piece Chicken McNuggets4 game pieces$5.00about $1.25
Egg McMuffin2 game pieces$2.79about $1.40
Filet-O-Fish sandwich2 game pieces$3.79about $1.90
Big Mac sandwich2 game pieces$3.99about $2.00
10-piece Chicken McNuggets2 game pieces$4.49about $2.25

*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 , 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 .

Selling or Trading Game Pieces

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