After leaving the hardware store, we always went to the "fancy" McDonald's on the other side of town. It was fancy because it had a section of the restaurant where we had to walk down steps to get to the booths.. On Saturdays with McDonald's with Dad, we always paid with orange money. I didn't know till years later, those orange slips were coupons from the bank. At the bank Mom used, for every $5 a parent put in a child's savings account, the family was given a free happy meal coupon.
After lunch, we'd go home and watch Soul Train and the Muppets, play 'Old Maid,' and fix popcorn while waiting to watch Love Boat on TV.