By Morgan Tarpley
Greasy wrappers, hot fries and questionable service are
sometimes a part of the mental picture of fast food restaurants.
A stirring question that is pondered upon on few
occasions but nonetheless is of importance is: are you really getting a sweet
deal with a combo meal?
“I think with combos you would be getting a deal,”
Brandon Mik, a junior mechanical engineering major,
said. “If you got everything separate, it would be more expensive.”
After studying seven area fast food franchise menus,
there may be something concrete with what Mik said.
McDonald’s Big Mac value meal and Burger King’s Whopper
meal have been discovered to both include a medium drink and fries and cost
nearly four dollars each.
If you were to buy the items separately, it would cost
almost five dollars. You can save even though it is really not very much.
Morgan Frith, a sophomore
communication design major, said the prices are not the worry all the time.
“It’s not really to do with the prices all the time,”
said Frith. “Sometimes I don’t want fries, so then it
is definitely cheaper to buy food separately.”
Daniel Ray, a junior mechanical engineering major, said
he eats fast food about seven to 10 times a week and he eats about five meals
“I seem to prefer the 99 cent menu at Wendy’s over the
McDonald’s $1 menu,” said Ray. “I can save those pennies to buy more gas;
saving is especially important if you eat out as much as I do.”
Jessica Manning, a sophomore speech pathology major, also
prefers Wendy’s due to the flexibility of the menu choices.
“Wendy’s is good if you don’t have a lot of money,”
Manning said. “I also like it for allowing me to substitute fries with a
Through the seven restaurant survey and student comments,
Wendy’s seems to be a top choice for many individuals from price to healthier
eating choice reasons.
Even with the savings of the Wendy’s 99 cent menu taking
each item and adding it together would cost more than the same items in a
Even with all the savings in combo meals, some students
would like the best of both worlds.
Susan Barnes, a freshman speech pathology major, said she
thinks it all comes down to wishing different parts of different restaurants’
menus could be combined into one meal.
“It would be ideal for me to swing by McDonald’s to grab
some fries, get a Whopper at Burger King and round [it all] off with a salad
and frosty from Wendy’s,” Barnes said. “That would be an ideal meal for me.”