Saturday, July 16, 2011

Chicken, chicken, and MORE chicken

***  Sorry for the long delay in posts.  I've been super busy around here - I've spent all of my spare time working on a piece of fiction that I hope to publish soon.  Between that, work, and kids, I just don't seem to have a lot of brain cells left by the end of the day.  Ah, the life of a single mama!  ***

I was at my local Target early this morning, doing a little shopping and updating my price book (more about that later!) when I found these babies:

$2 off?  Wha?!?!?!

First of all, I have to tell you - I rarely EVER browse the meat cooler at Target, mainly because their meats are soooooo overpriced.  Today...well, I was waiting for the stock guy to come back with my quarts of cream ($3.79/quart - cheapest place in town) when I spotted these cute guys just sitting there.

Now, we all  know why these babies were discounted - they were nearing their expiration date (7/17) and the store would rather sell them than toss them.  I have no problem with "close to expiration" food as long as they're sealed, well taken care of, and not turning colors...

But anyway, back to Target.  Since I had a few minutes, I whipped out my itouch and did the calculations:
The average price of the chickens were $5.25, so.... 5.25 minus the $2 coupon meant they were $3.25 a chicken OR approx 65 cents a lb.  I leapt at that deal, snatching up all 6 chickens that had the sticker on them.
I know some people will tell you that that's an okay price...but I live in an area where the sale price on whole chickens rarely ever go below 88 cents a lb.  You have more luck finding chicken parts (usually the leg quarters) for under that price, which...I know, I just strange.

So, you can guess what I'm doing today.  Yep, roasting chickens.  Here's the first three fresh out of the oven...

Yummy protein goodness!!!

Now to wait for them to cool so I can strip the meat off.  Then the meat will be portioned out into meal-size chunks and frozen, along with a big bag of chicken bones for future broth-making.  Yum!

This is just another example of how discounts can be found in the strangest places.  Yep, I bought this month's chicken from Target!  LOL

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