Friday, December 30, 2011

Chicfila Considering frugal Top Fast Food Pic

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Although eating fast food is unhealthy and expensive, we have all found ourselves in the situation of being out and about and hungry. When this happens, one of my first pics has been Chicfila in the past. Chicfila is arguably one of the most ethical companies in business with reputable company policies and high food preparation and cleanliness standards. Chicfila is closed on Sunday and committed to education. (Since this post first aired I have become a vegetarian and the family eats less meat. When we visit Chicfila, I choose a Crispy Chicken Salad and ask them to hold the meat).

Chicfila versus McDonald's

Chicfila is not everywhere and McDonald's is, for this reason I will stop at McDonald's occasionally. In recent years McDonald’s has attempted to add healthier items to their menu and has therefore set some precedence for other fast food chains to follow.  With the advent of “Super Size Me,” McDonald's banished the ‘Supersize Me’ option from the menu.  However there are still many more policies and procedures in question if McDonalds is to once again become an All American company.   We no longer stop at McDonald's, as an alternative to stopping anywhere we have become accustomed to brown bagging it on days when we will be running errands. This way we save money and our health and the kids learn lunch packing skills.

McDonald's is among the many fast food chains that use hormone fed meats and chemically processed food products. McDonald’s has indeed created a new image with healthier menu choices such as salads, yogurts and fruit added to their Happy Meals. McDonald's even includes apples in every Happy Meal now by cutting the fries portion in half.

Burger King

Burger King has to be my worst pic, not just my worst pic in fast food, but my worst pic of all companies.

When assessing Burger King as a company it is hard to ignore their unethical advertising practices as well as the numerous complaints that exist on the web; including an employee bathing himself in a Burger King sink on YouTube

Most recently Burger King was banned from Face book as they ran an advertising campaign asking users to choose which friends to block from their Face book account to receive a coupon for a free Whopper. The recent Face book campaign comes amidst other irresponsible advertising campaigns some staring a sleazy King and a crew of scantily clad booty swinging girls.
Although Burger King does offer some healthy alternatives and grilled burgers rather than fried, they are hardly a healthy alternative.  Neither will customers find Burger King quick to back up their famous slogan, “have it your way” as there are rampant complaints and even blog sites dedicated to complaining that there is no way to complain to Burger King when the service is that bad.  
Burger King is clearly unconcerned about socially responsible behavior. 

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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