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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

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Best deal on a fast-food combo meal? That depends

By Ronald Wallace

November 10, 2008 | We live in a world where almost everyone seems to like to grab fast food. When you are shopping, traveling, or in a hurry; stopping and grabbing a quick meal is convenient. You have drive-thru windows so you don't have to get out of the car and the prices are relatively cheap. One great deal that almost every fast food restaurant offers now is the combo meal. This usually includes a drink, fries and a sandwich of some type whether it be a hamburger or chicken sandwich.

When we go to a place and buy a combo meal we probably want to know if we are getting a great deal. Of course when it comes to the quality of the meal that is usually a personal decision. I did a study of some fast food joints in Logan to see where the best prices for combo meals were. The places I looked at were McDonald's, Burger King, Carl's Jr. and Wendy's.

The combo meals were broken down into an average of how much you were paying for their hamburger combos and also their chicken sandwich combos. Also, we want to know how much variety is available when we go to a place. Nothing is worse than going to a place and having only three combo meals to choose from, so for each place I found out how many combo meals were offered.

At McDonald's they have five hamburger combo meals to choose from which equal out to an average price of $4.91. When you look at their chicken sandwich combo meals they have three to choose from and the average price came to $5.33. One thing nice about their selection is if you don't feel like a chicken sandwich they have two other chicken combo meals. They have the 10 piece nuggets for $5.19 and chicken selects (which are strips) for $4.99.

On Burger King's everyday menu they have eight hamburger combo meals to choose from at an average price of $5.46 per meal. When it comes to chicken sandwich combo meals they have two to choose from which are an average price of $5.79. Again for those who don't want chicken sandwiches they can choose a tender crisp combo meal for $5.69 or a chicken fries combo meal for $4.99.

Carl's Jr. has six hamburger combo meals that are an average price of $5.71. They have six other hamburgers that are bigger and they call them their "6 dollar burgers." The average price of these combo meals is $7.03. When it comes to their chicken combo meals they have four and the average price is $6.52.

Wendy's has five hamburger combo meals and the average price is $5.67. They have three chicken sandwich combo meals to choose from and the average price is $5.76. There is one chicken nugget meal priced at $4.79, in case you aren't in the mood for a chicken sandwich when you go to Wendy's.

From gathering this data I can conclude that on average if you are looking to get the cheapest hamburger combo meal the place to go is McDonald's. This is also the same for chicken sandwich combo meals.

However, if you want the best variety for both hamburger and chicken sandwich combo meals the place to go is definitely Carl's Jr., but they aren't going to give you many offers for chicken strips or nuggets in a combo meal.

As for the food, Wendy's is my favorite place to eat and Carl's Jr. is second. Of course everybody has their own opinion so you would have to try the fast food restaurants out for yourself and decide. This was just a review on combo meals to let you know about the variety and prices of combo meals in Logan.


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