Southern BBQ dinner

  • 1/4 chicken w/ BBQ sauce
  •  potato salad or Cole slaw
  • baked beans
  • salad
  • 1/2 can soup
  • corn bread
  • iced tea

Full-price cost*: 3-course Dinner @$4.04; plate @3.32¢

Bargain cost*: 3-course Dinner @$1.98; plate @1.51¢

Smart-shopping cost*: 3-course Dinner @$1.50; plate @1.11¢

*cost for meal with iced tea; add 14¢ w/milk

Kroger’s Heritage Farms chicken quarters are usually $6.90 per bag, occasionally on sale for $5.99. You get 10 lbs., which often comes to 10 quarters (sometimes 9 to 11 pieces).

I wait until they are on sale for $3.90 per bag, then buy four bags and put the quarters into individual lunch bags (3 cents each) and freeze them. For this page, I used a price of .39 per quarter (includes sandwich bag).

If you’re a Publix shopper, they put their $1.50 chicken quarters on BOGO. You pay half price, but still about .75 per pound per Kroger’s on-sale price of .59. From what I’ve seen on the Internet, the big buyer’s clubs don’t come close to Kroger’s price for some reason.

19¢ – 1/2 can of soup (Aldi 10.5 oz. or Publix Progresso 18.5 oz. on BOGO + digital coupon

20¢ – salad

49¢ – chicken quarter, BBQ sauce

15¢ – potato salad (Kroger manager’s special)

30¢ – 1/2 can of baked beans

.19¢ – 12 oz. milk

12¢ – corn bread

5¢ – ice tea

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