Score du Jour: 99-Cent Chicken Breast (A Love Story)

I love loss leaders, and this week’s 99-cent chicken breast couldn’t be beat (Winn Dixie was the benefactor, but I’ve seen it at other stores). I picked up two big packages. These chicken breasts were from a national brand name which advertises no hormones.

Here’s how I plan to use my chicken-breast bounty:

*I made a comfort food favorite, chicken cheese chowder, to carry in my thermos for class tomorrow night. This used up one of the massive chicken breasts, with three servings left for lunches or for a repeat on Thursday night, when I have my second class. (1 chicken breast, four servings).

*I’ll make chicken parmesan later this week. Each breast will easily make two servings, so we’ll have dinner plus lunch the next day. I have some leftover spaghetti for a nice side dish when the times comes.

*I’m going to broil one of the chicken breasts and use the meat for a chicken pot-pie (four servings total.) I have some frozen pie shells from a buy-one-get-one deal last Christmas and some mixed veggies to throw in. This qualifies as Eating Ourselves Out of House and Home.

*Two more chicken breasts will go nicely on the grill, with leftover meat to make chicken salad. I may get all fancy and make chicken kebabs with onions, green peppers, and tomato. There will be plenty of chicken. I anticipate using about half of it for the meal–one breast will be enough for two people if I make the kebabs or if I have some hearty side dishes. (Three total servings. Let’s be conservative here.)

The final chicken breast will make a lovely chicken and rice casserole. Four servings, one chicken breast, what is not to like?

So there you have it. 19 servings for $9.03. Of course, chicken’s not the only ingredient. Most of the stuff needed for my meals is in the pantry as a result of prior stockpiling shopping trips, and it’s pretty cheap. Noodles for a stir fry, rice for chicken and rice casserole, eggs for the chicken salad, these things are pretty economical if you’re on a budget. My big splurge? Mozzarella cheese for the chicken parm was a store brand plus it was on sale, so I spent a whole $2 on it.

For less than a dollar a pound, I’m good with boning these breasts and using the bones to make chicken stock. I’m experimenting with all the good pan sauces I can do using stock, and this will come in handy.

I’m looking forward to getting tired of eating chicken.

Chicken Cheese Chowder

1 chicken breast (boneless or bone-in, either will work)

1 teaspoon oil

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup

1/3 cup onions

1/3 cup chopped celery

2/3 cup water

1 1/4 cup milk

1 can corn or creamed corn

8 oz mild cheese (American, mild cheddar, whatever you like).

Heat the oil in a skillet or a large saucepan and add the celery and the onion, cooking until the veggies are soft and tender. Add the chicken and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes (for boneless breast) or 15-20 minutes (bone-in breast) or until the chicken is no longer pink. Cut the chicken into small-bite pieces and return it to the pan with the soup mix, corn, and milk. Stir it all together until it’s heated through and add the cheese, stirring until it melts. Cook it over medium heat for ten minutes, stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking.

Enjoy it with cornbread, a salad, or a crusty French loaf.

 

 

 

 

 

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Score du Jour for Tomorrow: Half-Price Cheeseburger from Sonic Drive In

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June 6–one day only!–Score your half-price cheeseburger at Sonic Drive-In!

Check out  Sonic’s Facebook Page for details. Here’s your Locator to find a Sonic near you.

Bon appetit!

Score du Jour: Tax-Free for Floridians

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Hurricane season is here!

Florida residents, here’s your chance to prepare. The Tax-Free Weekend for purchasing hurricane supplies started yesterday and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

Here’s what you need to prepare for a hurricane (note: not all these items are tax free):

Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day. Stock at least a three-day supply.

Batteries-Put fresh batteries in and stock 2 extra sets of batteries per device.

Car cell phone charger-If you don’t have one already, get it now.

Flashlights-1 per person, with 2 to spare.

Battery-operated radio/clock

Non-electric can opener

First Aid kit

Three day supply of non-perishable foods

Disposable plates, knives, forks, spoons

Baby wipes

Grill supplies: Propane for gas grills, charcoal/lighter fluid for charcoal grills. (If your power’s out, you’ll want to barbecue your meat before it goes bad!)

Ice.

Got your hurricane kit ready? No excuses!

Score du Jour: Free tablet, free reading!

 

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Reading = Quality of Life for me.

A few weeks ago, preparing for some major changes in my life, I let go of my Kindle Unlimited reading app. I’d miss it, but I couldn’t justify the monthly cost when so often as a graduate student I didn’t have time to read for fun. I mourned, but I let it go.

But That Nagging Little Frugal Voice insisted that there just had to be a free or low-cost way to replace it, and That Nagging Little Frugal Voice was right. The Overdrive app lets you download ebooks from your local library, and my local library has plenty to keep me busy for years and years and years. The catch? I needed a Kindle Fire to access the app. I didn’t have the Kindle Fire and I couldn’t see paying out some cash to get it when I had a black-n-white Kindle that works just fine.

Well.

About a year ago, we got an Amazon credit card which pays rewards points for gas, food, and–of course!–purchases on Amazon. Since we’re devoted Amazon Prime fans and I’m a not-so-devoted commuter who puts many miles on my car, which requires mid-grade gasoline and lots of it, those  purchases add up to points pretty fast. When I checked our available points, I found I could score a “free” Amazon Fire tablet.

So I’m spending this lovely Sunday afternoon downloading books I want to read onto my new tablet, admiring the pretty colors (such an upgrade from my old black-n-white Kindle!) and learning about ways to make more money freelancing.

Score du jour!

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Score du Jour: $10 for Life!

 

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You can score admission to every national park for life…and it will only cost you $10! The catch? You must be 62 years old and you need to move quickly.

Check out the website for information on purchasing the pass. Prices will be going up soon, so act quickly! You can purchase the pass in person at any national park or online, but there is an additional $10 fee for processing online purchases.

Happy Savings!

Score du Jour Advance Warning Edition: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

 

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The only thing better than a Ben & Jerry’s cone is a free Ben & Jerry’s cone, and tomorrow’s the day!

Get a free cone from Ben & Jerry’s between noon and 8 p.m. The offer applies at your Ben & Jerry’s shop and doesn’t apply to ice cream purchased in the store. Plan to spend a little time scoring your free scoop, because this event is hugely popular.

Chill out and enjoy!