Working parents share their top budget food hacks

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Working parents share their top budget food hacks
Here’s how to feel like a VIP on a budget

With today’s rising costs and food inflation at a high, proper budgeting and good old diskarte go a long way to make sure tummies are filled. And only a few can do this better than hardworking parents who juggle quality time with their children while also providing for their home.

We got in touch with two pairs of working parents to get a glimpse of their top budgeting food hacks that can apply to anyone – and how the secret of drive-thru perks may just be at the tip of our fingers.

Sarah and Junnel: Deal hunters

Sarah and Junnel are new parents to their adorable three-year-old, Noah. And they always make sure that their young family stays within budget while also prioritizing family time with their son.

They’re always on the lookout for handy deals and discounts to significantly stretch their budget, allowing them to do more activities or just have more wiggle room for unexpected expenses.

“Everything’s costing an arm and a leg lately, so who wouldn’t want to save some serious cash and snag some freebies?” the couple shared.

One of their best new hacks is finding discounts when they’re on the go since they order drive-thru at least once a week: “Being busy parents, we all know the struggle of squeezing errands into our already packed weekends. Drive-thru allows us to save precious time.”

Their latest budgeting hack is downloading the McDonald’s App. With its easy interface and regular exclusive deals for members, it’s slowly becoming a new favorite of the couple.

“This app helped us stretch our budget further,” they shared. “It’s super easy to use and we wish we’d found it sooner!”

Norman and Angel: Dividing tasks

Raising three teens and a 2-year-old baby is no easy task, but parents Norman and Angel are a fun-loving couple that makes it seem like a breeze thanks to their systems in place.

“We buy groceries in bulk and also delegate household tasks to our children to give them a sense of responsibility when it comes to our family funds. That way we save time and everyone is clear on what we’re going to buy when we’re out,” they shared.

Norman and Angel also opt to order drive-thru once a week, usually on the weekends, as a treat for the family. They also order in bundles to give them more savings.

In particular, the McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP is one of their go-to promos because of the discounts and easy navigation: “The pictures on the menu make it easier to show our kids, just for the process to be a little easier when we’re all on the road,” they shared.

Budget like a pro with McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP

Just like Sarah and Junnel, and Norman and Angel, you too can get unbeatable discounts on the go when you download the McDonald’s app and avail of the McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP perks. These exclusive deals only come in-app and offer huge savings on your favorite McDo meals!

How to score the McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP perks:

  1. Download the McDonald’s App on the App Store or Google Play
  2. Once you have an account, click on McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP page
  3. Answer the short survey to gain access to the McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP offerings
  4. Once you’ve chosen an offer from their wide array of deals and bundles, click “Claim” to add it to your Deals wallet
  5. Go to the Deals section of the app and click “Redeem” on your new voucher
  6. Show the QR code to the McDonald’s Drive-Thru after clicking on “Redeem”
  7. Enjoy your meal!

The McDonald’s Drive-Thru VIP perks come with the unbeatable Welcome Offer of a double cheeseburger with fries for only P99, discounted breakfast offers for the entire family with free hashbrowns, and group-sharing deals for less.

They also refresh their rewards often, so make sure you always check the McDonald’s app to get exclusive discounts.

What are you waiting for? Whether you’re parents on a budget, a drive-thru lover, or someone who just wants a good deal on the go, the McDonald’s app is here to make you feel like a true VIP. Download the McDonald’s app here today!


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McDonald’s Philippines master franchise holder, Dr. George T. Yang, opened the first McDonald’s store in Morayta, Manila in 1981. Since then, McDonald’s in the Philippines has been a strong and relevant player in the country’s quick service restaurant industry, having grown a store network of more than 650 across the country. McDonald’s Philippines continues to elevate its community relevance thru Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Kindness Kitchen in reponse to COVID-19 crisis.