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McDonald’s launches $6.95 cost-of-living meal deal following price backlash

The new McSmart Meal comes with two burgers, a small fries and a small soft drink.

McDonald’s has launched a new, more affordable meal option, allowing Aussies to grab a feed for under $7. It follows backlash from customers over the fast-food chains’ rising prices.

The new McSmart Meal offers two burgers - a choice between two Cheeseburgers, two Chicken ‘n’ Cheese, or one of each - along with a small fries and small soft drink for $6.95. The deal is only available in Australia.

In comparison, the price of a small Cheeseburger meal with just the one burger is currently $8.40, while the price of a small Chicken ‘n’ Cheese meal is $8.90. The price of a Cheeseburger by itself is $4.95, while a Chicken ‘n’ Cheese is $5.60.

McDonald's meal deal
The McSmart Meal will be available for customers from tomorrow for $6.95. (Source: McDonald's)

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"We know how much it means to our customers to offer value, and that has never been more important than it is today," McDonald's Australia marketing manager Tobi Fukushima said.

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“Customers can now make the smart choice at Macca’s with the McSmart Meal, as part of our ongoing commitment to serving the taste that customers know and love, but with even greater value.”

The McSmart Meal will be available for order across McDonald’s restaurants in Australia and through the MyMacca’s app from tomorrow, June 5. You can order it from 10:30am to midnight.

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Macca’s also recently launched its Big Breakfast Deal which includes two McMuffins, two hash browns and a medium McCafe hot coffee for $12.95.

It comes after one Aussie’s old Macca's receipt revealed the price of a large fries had increase by more than 50 per cent since 2019, going from $3.20 to $4.85

Burgers have also gone up in price, with a Classic Angus burger rising around 25 per cent from $7.95 to $10 over the same period.

McDonald's receipt and loose change menu
Customers have called out the fast-food chain over its rising prices. (Source: Reddit)

Customers have also called out the fast chain over the price of its “loose change” menu, which includes a 24-pack of McNuggets for $11.95.

“Doesn't matter about it being a good deal or not because, either way, how can now $12 be loose change,” one customer said.

It's true that the cost of a Macca’s run has been increasing. Last year, UBS analysis found McDonald’s Australia prices had risen by an average of 8 per cent since August 2022. KFC prices were found to have increased at a faster pace, rising 14.7 per cent on average over the same period.

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