The Reason Why McDonald’s Soft Drinks Are All $1—Regardless of Size

At McDonald's, you could probably quench the thirst of a family of four for just $1.
At McDonald's, you could probably quench the thirst of a family of four for just $1.
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If you’ve ever walked up to a McDonald’s counter with the intention of ordering a normal-sized Coke and walked away with a full 32 ounces of fizzy liquid, you’re definitely not alone. Since all McDonald’s soft drinks are $1, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to upsize your small to a large.

It seems strange that a business would be willing to sell such drastically different amounts for the exact same price, but it’s actually a savvy business tactic. McDonald’s introduced the $1-fits-all promotion for soft drinks back in 2017 as a way to compete with Wendy’s, Burger King, and other fast food chains that had been slowly stealing its customers. According to Reader’s Digest, it worked—sales increased by 4 percent, and the deal became a mainstay on the dollar menu.

Basically, discounted drinks generate revenue by getting you in the door, after which there’s a good chance you’ll end up purchasing something more expensive from the menu, especially with the tantalizing scents of fresh French fries and sizzling Big Macs wafting right to your brain’s pleasure center. And since production costs for soft drinks are so low, McDonald’s can afford to offer them for especially low prices.

But soda isn't the only item offered at a deep discount—McDonald’s has a whole Dollar Menu with food and drinks priced at $1, $2, and $3, which they know they can count on customers to use as a springboard for bigger, better, more costly orders.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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The Reason Target Has Those Giant Red Concrete Spheres Outside

These 2-ton concrete balls are for shoppers' safety, but they pose a risk of their own.
These 2-ton concrete balls are for shoppers' safety, but they pose a risk of their own.
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When it comes to brand recognition, Target has some of the strongest in the retail industry. The company’s name is reinforced by its red and white logo—a literal target—which can also be seen painted around the eye of its mascot, a Bull Terrier named Bullseye. All things considered, it seems like the giant red concrete spheres in front of the brick-and-mortar stores are just another way for Target to make itself so easily recognizable. But, as Taste of Home explains, they’re actually there for your safety, too.

The balls are called bollards, a word that used to mainly refer to the metal or wooden posts built along the edge of a wharf so that sailors had something they could tie their mooring lines around. These days, bollards is also used to describe similar posts in front of buildings, which help mitigate the risk of distracted drivers rolling right into the doors. While most places install more traditionally shaped bollards, Target isn’t the only business to take advantage of the opportunity to get creative—some baseball stadiums feature spherical bollards that look like baseballs.

Although Target’s bollards are supposed to keep shoppers safe from parking lot car accidents, the bright red spheres can be dangerous in a different way. In May 2016, a New Jersey mother sued Target for $1.6 million after her 5-year-old son fell from one of the bollards and shattered his elbow—an injury that required surgery and threatened long-term damage to his range of motion. The following year, another woman filed a lawsuit after one of the 2-ton bollards broke loose and hit her car.

Wondering what else you didn’t know about Target? Find out 15 surprising facts here.

[h/t Taste of Home]