I went to McDonald's with Max earlier today and we made a very interesting observation: Value Meals are not the most cost efficient way to get food. Purchasing a double cheeseburger with large fries and large drink was $0.89 cheaper than purchasing a regular Big and Tasty meal (the cheapest of the value meals). I could have purchased a second double cheeseburger and still had it be much cheaper than any large value meal. I am also reminded of my recent meal at the Ashland, NH Burger King where Sam got three Rodeo Burgers, fries and a drink for less than my double bacon cheeseburger meal.
Henceforth, I shall no longer assume that a value meal is the cheapest way for me to get what I want. It's kind of sad because I can remember when value meals actually were a good value.