Cheapest Ways to Get McDonald's Monopoly Game Pieces

Win McDonald's Monopoly without breaking your budget.

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How to save money while getting your McDonald's Monopoly game pieces. Image (c) Mike Kemp / Getty Images

Do you want to play McDonald's Monopoly, but don't really care which food items you buy to enter? Are you wondering how to get as many game codes as you can for the least money? Here's the breakdown of the cheapest ways to get McDonald's Monopoly Game Pieces:

Free McDonald's Monopoly Game Codes:

While you need game pieces to enter the collect-and-win and instant sweepstakes, you only need alphanumeric codes to enter the online portion of the Monopoly Sweepstakes.

These codes can be found on the game pieces that you receive with your McDonald's food purchases. Codes are available on pieces with collect-and-win or instant food prizes, but if you win an instant cash prize, you won't find a code on those game pieces.

It's a good idea to follow McDonald's on Facebook, Twitter, and by email, in case free online entry codes are released.

Monopoly Game Pieces for the Cost of Stamps:

You can get McDonald's Monopoly game pieces without purchase (and without calories) 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 two stamps and two envelopes for each two game pieces. See the 2016 McDonald's Monopoly Rules 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$1.89~$0.47
Hash Browns2 game pieces$1.09~$0.55
Medium (21 oz.) Fountain Drink2 game pieces$1.29~$0.65

Biscuit sandwich

2 game pieces

$1.39

~$0.70

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

Prices courtesy of FastFoodMenuPrices.com. I've used this site's information so I can get a baseline for the average price. Your local prices might vary somewhat.

To check if any of the game pieces you receive are winners, see my list of Rare McDonald's Monopoly Game Pieces.

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 disqualified, cheating yourself out of a prize.

It's also worth asking yourself why someone would sell a potentially winning game piece. There are plenty of game piece trading scams, where unscrupulous people try to use the Monopoly Game to cheat others out of 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.