Buying a bag of ice can be an expensive purchase. Especially since it is seen as a convenience item and many gas stations and convenience stores charge a premium for it. But I’ve just discovered a McAwesome place to buy bags of ice at a great price.
I try to buy bagged ice from Costco or Sam’s Club, since the prices there are better than most other stores. But I can’t always get over to those stores when I need the ice.
But this summer, I saw a yard sign posted outside of a McDonald’s advertising that they sold bags of ice.
And I was amazed to discover that McDonald’s was selling an 8-pound bag of ice for only 89 cents!
The last time I had bought a bag of ice, at the CVS pharmacy in my neighborhood, the price was nearly double that.
I don’t know if all McDonald’s sell bags of ice, but it certainly makes sense since they all have ice making machines.
And I don’t know if they all sell it for the same price, but I’ve bought bags of ice from McDonald’s restaurants in Michigan and Arizona since July, and both sold the 8-pound bags for under a dollar.
And the best part, next to paying about half what other stores charge for a bag of ice, is that I bought it from the drive-thru!
What’s the most you’ve paid for a bag of ice? Have you ever bought ice from McDonald’s?
Rohit @ The Money Mail says
Funny that McDonals would sell ice. The store in New York that I have visited don’t sell them, but that is an amazing price.
Rohit, yeah, I don’t know how many McDonald’s sell ice. But I have noticed that some have it but don’t advertise it with a sign. So people definitely should ask.
Michael E. Stora, Ph.D. says
All McDonald’s I have encountered in Arizona sell ice and it is excellent clean clear non-frosty ice. I usually swing through the drive-through on my way out of town to fill my coolers for a camping trip. I’ve seen it as cheap as $1.50 for two 8 lb bags. However if you ask for ice at on of the locations that don’t (like I did recently in SoCal) they will look at you like an alien, take a step back, and inch closer to their panic button.