I'm not one to let being vegetarian stop me from a good bargain, particularly when one member of the family is happy enough to eat animals. It took all day, but that three dollar chicken produced the following:
2 quarts of chicken stock (made with saved carrot peelings, celery trimmings, etc. that I store in the freezer).
Enough shredded, seasoned meat for ten large burritos (wrapped and frozen for lunches at work)
3/4 cup rendered chicken fat
Tomorrow, I'll cook part of the stock down to a glaze, and freeze the rest. Yes, I had to deal with a whole chicken, but I had enough experience dealing with that growing up that I dare say I could take the damn thing apart blindfolded. Like riding a bike I guess, though I can't say for certain I'd be able to stay on a bike more than ten seconds.