With the extremely high temperature lately, we’ll all be using more ice — whether it’s for drinks at home or filling the cooler for a family adventure. Once the ice from the freezer is depleted (or for those without an ice maker), you have to go buy a few bags of ice. Of course, you’ll want to find the hottest price in town. And what’s more convenient than heading to a McDonald’s drive-thru?
The fast-food restaurant sells an 8-pound bag of ice for just 99¢ at participating locations. The price may vary by location, up to $1.49 or slightly higher — still a really cool deal, as it’s less expensive than most grocery or convenience stores. (Note: Some locations do not sell ice at all.) From our random check around the city, it seems most locations sell bagged ice — the price just varies, but all under $2.
True cheapskates keep a small cooler in the car with bottled water and other beverages on hot days, when running errands all day. (Do you really think a bargain hunter would pay $2 for a bottle of water or soda? No way!) Plus, it works for keeping perishable items cold from the grocery store, so you don’t have to rush back home — just bring along a few gallon-size Ziploc bags to keep the items from getting wet in your cooler.