The Cost of Chicken: A Ranking of Chicken Cuts from Least to Most Expensive — Ingredient Intelligence

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Look inside the meat case and you'll find quite a few options when it comes to buying chicken — everything from budget-friendly options like drumsticks and thighs to far pricier options like chicken cutlets.

We wanted to consider the big picture of cuts and cost and present all the information in one place for comparison. Here is a complete ranking of the most popular cuts of chicken, from least to most expensive, plus the best ways to cook each one.


The Best Bourbons for $20 and Under — Spirit Guides

Living in Louisville comes with responsibilities; my 502 area code seems to confer with it bourbon ambassadorship. And while most of us around here just seem to have a good measure of bourbon coursing through our veins, I actually did study to become a Certified Bourbon Steward. However, being a bourbon enthusiast can get expensive, so I've learned how to do it without too much damage to the checking account. I'm always on the lookout for that sweet spot of price and flavor.

Here are eight favorites you'll find on my bar — all for $20 or less. Pro tip: Serve them from a vintage crystal decanter and people will think you're sharing your special stash.


How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Baltimore, Maryland — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each Diary follows one cook for one week, chronicling what they shop for, what they eat, and how much it costs.

Name: Jocelyn
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Age: 32
Number of people in family: 5 people. Me; my husband, Tim; two toddlers, Watson (3) and Vivian (1 1/2); and one breastfeeding baby, Freddy (3 months).
Occupation: I'm a linguist; my husband is a mathematician.
Salary: $160,000 a year (combined with husband)
Weekly food budget: $200


The Cut of Chicken That Gives You the Most Meat for Your Money — Grocery Intelligence

When it comes to buying chicken and getting a good deal for your money, the price tag doesn't tell the whole story. Yes, it tells us dollar-per-pound cost, but if you consider price alone you miss one important thing: the bones. While bone-in options can be particularly economical and flavorful, a smaller percentage of the package you paid for is actually edible (stock-making aside).

Do you know which cut of chicken actually gives you the most meat for your money?


8 Habits of the Financially Healthy Kitchen — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a new column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen.

I love food, I love cooking, I love going out to eat, I love the clink of those extra-big wine glasses coming together over a candlelit table, I love walking down the road with a foiled dish in my hand to go to a friend's dinner party — I love food.

Eating and drinking well are two experiences that I will not compromise on, which can occasionally feel like a source of shame, as I also co-run a (very chic, in my opinion) website about personal finance called The Financial Diet. I often feel like my refusal to give up on these sensory experiences that many a more serious personal finance writer has deemed superfluous can make me feel like a traitor, and I know that a direct reduction in how much I spend on food each month would mean a lot for my long-term finances.

Whether we want to believe it or not, how we eat will in many ways dictate our financial future. Depending on where you live, food and dining represent the second or third biggest chunks of most budgets, and figuring out how to eat well for less is a huge key to getting control over a monthly money spreadsheet.


10 Things That Are Cheaper at Drugstores — Shopping

It's happened to all of us — while waiting for your prescription at the drugstore, you end up throwing a bunch of other stuff in your basket. But when the cashier rings you up, you're shocked by the high total (and insanely long receipt). And you wonder, Are there ever any good deals to be had from the drugstore?

The answer is yes, if you shop smart. Here's how.


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