DISCLOSURE: I will receive a complimentary case of chicken in exchange for this post and this post contains a referral link, meaning, if you order from Zaycon, using my link, I will get a small credit towards my next order.
It's no secret that kids like to eat, especially mine. I have to shop like a ninja just to be able to stay on budget and not run out of food by the end of the month. I'm not really a big couponer, I prefer to shop at stores like Aldi where I can save a crap ton of money and not have to worry about keeping track of all those pesky coupons.
I stalk the meat case and check on the expiration date and check back a day or two before, to see if they are marked down yet and then I move in for the kill. Last month I scored some chicken that had been marked $2 off and you would have thought I won the lottery and not the Nigerian lottery, the real one!
I am a huge fan of weekly menu planning... I don't always get around to it, but I'm a huge fan. I find that planning can save a ton of time & money in the long run, if you spend those extra few minutes before you go shopping.
I usually write out five recipes, including a main dish with some kind of protein, a side dish or two and that's it. Then I write my grocery list accordingly, with only the items I need. It really is easy and the amount of time and headache it saves you is worth the time it takes to actually sit down and write it out.
Also, don't be afraid to think outside the box. Look around for alternative places to shop, ask friends where they shop, you'll be surprised what great gems are out there, just waiting to be found. From the small local grocer that carries all the best local produce to a meat delivery service like Zaycon Foods.
Zaycon Foods is an awesome service that brings you farm fresh, never frozen, all natural, no hormone added chicken and other meats and farm fresh milk and produce products. All Zaycon chicken is straight from the farm to you. The chicken is delivered in its original wholesale packaging. Each unit (case) contains 4, 10lb bags of boneless skinless chicken breasts with a total weight of 40lbs.
The chicken breasts are large, but they are 100% natural. There are no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. They are large because they have not been trimmed up like you would see in the grocery stores. A double-lobed pair of chicken breast can weigh over 1lb a piece and the box the chicken comes in is about the size of an apple box.
It is recommended that you prep and freeze the chicken as soon as you get it home, but if you can't get to it right away, make sure you have one empty shelf in your fridge.
So, this is probably going to cost me a small fortune, right?! There's got to be a catch?! It's probably really expensive and you probably have to stand in line for hours, right?! WRONG! NO catch. NO outrageous prices and NO standing in line for hours.
The chicken from Zaycon is actually less than most stores sales prices, it is only$1.89 a lb. No typo, $1.89 a lb and they will even load it into your trunk for you. How is this possible? Zaycon is able to bring you these amazing prices because they have cut out the middle man, the grocery store, which is a huge amount of the price markup we see on our food products and they pass the savings on to you.
Ordering from Zaycon is super easy and takes less than 5 minutes. Simply create an account, find the location nearest you, choose what you want and order. That's it. Easy peasy! Zaycon currently has pickup locations all over the Southeast and if there aren't any near you, you can contact them and if there's enough interest, they'll create a drop off just for you.
I will be picking up my 40lbs of chicken in a couple of weeks and I am super excited... and a little scared. I'm not quite sure what to do with allll that chicken, but I'm pretty sure I will figure it out.
If you have a favorite chicken recipe that you'd like to share, leave it in the comments below, so I can check it out. Any and all ideas will be greatly appreciated. Also, check back for a full review with pictures and probably a recipe... or 40. Wish me luck!
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