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McD Monopoly Game: Mail-In vs. Hash Browns Epic Challenge Part 2

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Hash Brown ChallengeLast week, to have a little fun, we bought two hundred hash browns to see if the game pieces you get on food might be “better” than the game pieces you get in the mail. We called it the . Brandon was going to mail in five hundred self-addressed stamped envelopes in order to get a thousand game pieces, each with two peels. I was going to get two hundred hash browns, each with two peels. We were going to average the results and try to figure out which was “better.”

This post covers part one, where Brandon writes/stamps 500 letters to McDonald’s, and I buy and remove the pieces from the hash brown baggies. We’ll track our progress in this nifty chart.

Brandon’s Challenge

The good thing about buying hash browns is that it’s a pretty quick affair. On he flip side is hand-writing 500 envelopes to McDonald’s, as Brandon’s doing — with an epic musical soundtrack 🙂

Brandon’s still hard at work writing and stamping envelopes to send to McDonald’s, so he’s recorded zero pieces thus far. I’ll let him update you guys.


Hey guys, so I’ve got most of the letters ready to be stamped. Remember, I’ll be stamping 1000 letters — 500 to McDonald’s and 500 stamps for the return envelopes I’m putting inside. This will be fun.

Here’s my 10 rolls of stamps.


Time to get stampin’.

If you want to watch my full mental/emotional collapse, follow me on Twitter/Vine (@BrandonDuncombe) as I chronicle my mail-in trials and tribulations.

Jim’s Challenge

I thought getting two hundred hash browns was going to be this big to-do – it’s wasn’t at all. In fact, they even nicely put them into a box so we’d have an easier time carrying it. Here’s what two hundred hash browns looks like in a nice big pile:
200 Hash Browns

Based on McDonald’s nutrition information, 200 hash browns equates to:


The damage (plus two egg mcmuffin’s):
Hash Browns Receipt

I’ve only gone through 111 of my total 400 game stamps, so I have a ways to go. A couple notes so far: (1) Snapfish and MyCoke Rewards Instant-Win pieces don’t have online codes printed on them, which is interesting — I don’t remember that being true in previous years. (2) like last year, St. Charles place seems to be the most common piece (10 out of 111 pieces so far), and (3) I have a close race between breakfast sandwiches and medium fries as my most common Instant-Win prize.

Total Prize Value

This is what Brandon and I are truly comparing. Right now it’s not fair to compare much, seeing as how Brandon hasn’t received anything, but here’s the breakdown of my costs (for just the 111 stamps I’ve peeled thus far) and the adjusted retail value (ARV) for the Instant-Win and Online prizes I’ve won.

Miraculously I’ve managed to almost double my costs so far. I doubt this trend will continue, but I’m pretty happy with the results. 🙂

Finally, if you’re curious what we did with the uneaten hash browns, unfortunately we had to throw any we weren’t able to give away. We know that it’s a waste and part of the reason we didn’t get 500 hash browns in order to do a fairer comparison with 500 letters.

Here’s what that looks like:
Hash Browns in a Box


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8 Responses to “McD Monopoly Game: Mail-In vs. Hash Browns Epic Challenge Part 2”

  1. 30,000 calories! Amazing. Come on Jim, how many of them did you eat? 🙂

  2. Michael Harr says:

    NOOOOOOoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOoOOOOOOooooooOOOOOOOOo!!!!!!!! You should have saved the hash browns because they, like their afternoon counterparts, stay ‘fresh’ for YEARS. I need look no further to prove this than under the seat of my car.

  3. I bet you won’t want to eat a hash brown for a long time! I enjoyed reading this and I’m glad you got the results you wanted. Now, I want some McDonald’s!

  4. Martha says:

    @Michael, I’m pretty sure those are no longer “fresh”… just preserved!

  5. Wilma says:

    First off you could’ve frozen the hash browns and thawed out later to put in your toaster or refry with eggs. Other than the wasted part I love this idea. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

  6. daenyll says:

    Definitely you should have arranged to donate those hashbrowns somewhere before purchase. But interesting info.

  7. Master Allan says:

    If either of you find a rare piece and win a million dollars years of dedication & discipline to personal fiance from this reader will go to ruin!!

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