Every Friday, Lunds and Byerly’s grocery stores sell rotisserie chickens for $5, which they have smartly named, 5 Buck Cluck.

If you’ve ever had one of these amazingly juicy hens, you know their savory flavor shines as the main entrée, or as additional ingredient to tacos, soups, sandwiches, pot pies, etc… (pause for the rumbling sound of hungry bellies).

But, let’s talk about the other factors that make the 5 Buck Cluck an attractive buy – it’s a convenient and economical way to get dinner on the table without sacrificing nutrition or flavor. They’re convenient because they’re fully cooked, so you can bring one home and it’s ready to serve, and they’re economical because you’re getting a nutritional, lean protein for only $5 (even leaner if you remove the skin - but we're not nutrition experts here).

Rather than grabbing deep fried fast food on your way home from work, stop and grab a 5 Buck Cluck. From our experience, one chicken can feed two people for dinner on Friday night, and then lunch on Saturday (using your favorite chicken salad recipe of course). If you’re able to make two meals out of the 5 Buck Cluck, just think about the money you have saved that you can now spend guilt free on going out to eat with friends or family, or that you can proudly stash in your savings account to reward yourself for responsible spending.

What other deals have you found at your local grocery stores or restaurants that you enjoy because they help you stretch your budget?