Since food is such a huge expense, let’s talk about ways to get your food budget down without sacrificing great meals.
My secret weapon is Costco and one of the best ongoing deals they offer is their rotisserie chickens. If you have only tried these from a grocery store, you may have been disappointed. Our Kroger offers them but I found them to be dry and over cooked with a cardboard like flavor.
Costco has an entire operation that cooks these to perfection. Their chickens are hormone and anti-biotic free. They are tender and flavorful and they only cost $4.99 each. I’ve read that if you use one a week, the savings will pay for your Costco membership each year.
I do buy one a week. We use one chicken breast warm from the store with vegetable sides for the first meal. I use the other breast for a second meal reheating it with some kind of gravy to add moisture and flavor. Alternatively, I’ll dice the breast meat and add it to spaghetti sauce or make a a white chicken chili. Green enchildas are another favorite of ourrs. For those, I shred the chicken breast and toss it with shredded cheese and green chilis to make a filling for corn tortillas.
The two thighs and drumsticks get shredded and tossed with BBQ sauce. Finally I take the carcass and toss it in a stock pot with 2 quarts of water to make bone broth in our Instant Pot.
If you like this idea, plan on buying one chicken for every 2 people in your home.
This post ends with a small powerup of $28.03 having come in under budget for the week in fuel.
Level Completed: 142 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $548.16
Total Balance: $5,189.02
Our Money Game fund has increased 11.8% so far this month.
$169.44 is needed to reach the next level.