How to Play Monopoly Without Getting Fat

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it's Monopoly time at McDonald's again...

It’s Monopoly month at McDonald’s!  It usually leads to a ton of people spending a bunch of money and calories on food they don’t really need on the off-chance they might unpeel Boardwalk.

I’m not ripping on you.  I’ve been one of those people.  It’s incredibly addictive, especially if you only need one more yellow space to win a car or whatever the prize may be that year.  But there’s no reason to increase your waistline and decrease your checking account just to play.
How to Play Without Paying
This contest is “no purchase necessary.”  So you can get game pieces by writing to McDonald’s and requesting them.  When you mail your request saying, “Please mail me game pieces,” be sure to request two game pieces which will equate to four game stamps.  That’s the maximum per request.
Enclosed with your request, you will have to mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Make sure to put a return address on both envelopes (the self-addressed one and the one you’ll be using to mail the materials.)
Also make sure that EVERYTHING is hand-written.  This includes your letter, your envelope, your self-addressed envelope, etc.  No printed return address labels.  No printed letters requesting pieces.  If ANYTHING is typed you won’t get your pieces.  Also, make sure to use a real stamp and not any form of printed or hand-printed postage.  They really don’t want this process to be efficient for you because they really want you to buy their food.
But after all’s said and done, if you got your envelopes at the dollar store, you’ve used one sheet of paper, and used two standard stamps (90 cents,) You’ve probably spent less than a dollar on your request.  And I don’t think any food item that will give you game pieces this year costs less than that.
Where to Mail
Mail all that stuff to the following address by October 22 of this year to get your pieces:
2012 MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s
Game Piece Request
P.O. Box 49121
Strongsville, Ohio 44149-0121
Gambling is never a great or advisable way to spend your money.  But if you’re going to play anyways,  you might as well do it smartly.

33 thoughts on “How to Play Monopoly Without Getting Fat

    1. femmefrugality

      You do! It seems like less work until you figure out how much you had to do to earn that $12 or whatever you end up paying to serve two people. Five minutes of my time is totally worth $5 or $6 in savings.

  1. Meredith

    You are genius–how do you find this stuff out?! Love it. Saw the commercial last night and was just thinking to myself “No, Monopoly does NOT justify fast food. Do not let yourself go there!” Thanks for this info!

    1. femmefrugality

      To be honest, we made a busy day, emergency, embarrassing trip to McDonalds. I ordered the wrong size drink and got so mad that I didn’t get pieces, but the cup said “no purchase necessary.” So I checked it out. :p

    1. femmefrugality

      Great! You’ll have to let us know how it goes! I imagine they’ll have their own rule page and mailing address. Also, I’m not sure they’ll have the no purchase necessary part in other countries. They very well may, but in the US they have it because of some crazy federal law or something. Britain may have the same thing, I’m just not sure.

    1. femmefrugality

      Haha! They are great! But if you find yourself eating them 3+ times a week with the justification of game pieces…

      Oh, hell. Who am I to judge? I’m going through one of my “I can’t kick my chocolate addiction,” phases right now.

  2. Ornella @ Moneylicious

    Wow, I had no idea what McDonald’s would put you through…they really want you to work for it….hand writing vs typing. I guess that’s how they know you are committed…taking it back to the ol’days! 🙂

  3. Mariel

    Way interesting! I had no idea you could play without purchasing. I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there!


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