How to Snag a Half-Priced Rotisserie Chicken at Wal-Mart


IMG_0237If you’re RVing, or just trying to save money, Wal-Mart will become your best friend (whether you like it or not). And if you like to buy those pre-made rotisserie chickens, you can get them for less than half price if you know how to work the system.

Here’s the deal: Wal-Mart has a policy requiring each store to throw out every cooked chicken (fried chicken included) that is four-hours old. In an effort to clear out the previously cooked chickens before a new batch arrives, the deli will reduce the price.

Here’s the catch: The don’t advertise this policy and you usually will not find the discounted chickens just sitting around for you to find. By the time the staff gets around to changing the prices, they get bought-out by shoppers “in-the-know.” Below is my personal strategy for snagging a cheap bird before everyone else.

How to get a discounted chicken from Wal-Mart:

  1. Find out the roasting schedule at your local Wal-Mart. It can change from day-to-day, but usually doesn’t vary much. They cook new batches of birds every three hours. So, if you find out they started the first batch at 10:30 a.m., you can count on another batch coming out at 1:30 p.m.
  2. Be at the store during the third hour since the last batch was cooked. You can check the time-stamp on the container to see if you’re there at the right time. Using the example above, you would need to arrive at the store at 12:30 p.m.
  3. Pick up your two-hour-old chickens from the front of the store and walk to the deli counter where they’re made. (Usually in the back.)
  4. Ask the deli-counter worker to mark them down for you. (Mention that they’re in the third hour of life, of course.)
  5. The worker will print out a new price sticker and attach it to the container.

The price varies around the country, but here in Texas, chickens that sell for close to $5 (plus the premium chickens which sell for $7) are marked down to $1.99 each.

You can’t even buy fresh chickens for that price!

Let me know if you plan on trying this – or if you’ve already tried it – in your corner of the U.S.


amber March 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I LOVE THIS!!!! going to have to check this out asap.

Melanie March 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Amber, please tell me how it works out for you. And thanks for commenting!

Margie Lundy March 12, 2011 at 2:45 am

Well, I’ll have to give it a try! We get those on occasion as we do our walmart shopping/boondocking overnights. Thanks!

Melanie March 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

Thanks for the comment, Margie. We boondock at Wal-Mart occasionally as well and love those chickens. (Get a chicken, a salad, some bread and you’re set for a meal!) Also, if you buy one of their un-baked pizzas, we’ve gotten the deli to bake them for us right on the spot! This works out well when your RV oven is small and you don’t want to waste propane.

Stephanie March 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for that tip! We DO shop at Walmart often…and we stay there occasionally too! ;)
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Jason March 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I had never heard this, but I’m going to try it out this week! Rotisserie chicken is quite allowed on 4HB, so getting four meals for $2 is right up my alley. ;)

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Melanie March 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Stephanie & Jason — Thanks for commenting! Let me know if you get a discounted chicken and how much you paid in your corner of the U.S. I’m curious to know how it works out for everyone. :)

Kaitlin June 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I hope you don’t mind that I just linked to this article in my blog. I usually snag this deal by accident, but I love your strategy here. If you want to see the article I just posted it in, it’s just a quick one on the many uses of rotisserie. :)

uri December 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

ya we aren’t supposed to do that any more fyi… we chill and re sell them for like a dollar less now.

after that they get thrown out and then claimed out walmarts claims procedure ensures they get full reimbursed for anything that doesn’t sell.. February 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

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Spencer September 30, 2013 at 2:52 am

No longer works. Got a chicken almost 2 1/2 hours old and they wouldn’t do anything about it. Said they now hold them for 4 hours then just toss em.

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