Super Saver Food: Rotisserie Chicken

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Looking to save time and money with your home-cooked meals? If so, rotisserie chicken just might be your greatest ally in the grocery store. Here are a few great ways this little bird can help you stretch your dollar.

To start, rotisserie chicken is pre-cooked and seasoned, so the hard stuff is already taken care of. When you bring it home, all you have to do is separate the meat from the bones. Then, simply shred it or cube it, and mix it into your meals throughout the week.

From tacos to stew, pasta salad to chopped salad, you can incorporate rotisserie chicken into just about anything. This not only saves you money, but after a long day, it also makes cooking your dinners much easier.

Best of all, you can find cheap rotisserie chickens just about anywhere. A typical one can cost anywhere between $5 and $10, but if you shop at night, around the time when the deli section of your supermarket closes, you can find prices slashed by up to 50 percent. This is because if they don’t sell it, they have to toss it.

So when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, think chicken — this little bird can help you save big.

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Beans are a wonderful, inexpensive source of protein that can be used to substitute for meat in many recipes (whether you’re vegetarian or just looking to shave a few bucks off your grocery bill). They’re known as a “superfood,” boasting all sorts of health benefits and packed with fiber that keeps you feeling full longer. Stock up on black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, great northern beans and cannelloni beans, all of which can be used in a wide variety of dishes.

Canned beans are more convenient, but dried beans are cheaper. Soak overnight in water, then bring to a boil on the stove and let simmer for an hour. Combine beans with rice or quinoa for a filling lunch, or eat it in tortilla wraps with salsa, lettuce and cheese for an affordable, healthy and filling meal.

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