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Why did you cross the road? To get a hot chicken sandwich — along with everyone else!

Have you noticed chicken sandwiches popping up at nearly every restaurant from Popeye's to Swiss Chalet to Red Lobster? We look at what the cluck is going on with the egg-onomics of chicken sandwiches.

The Cost of Living for August 29, 2021

A "Mother Clucker" chicken sandwich from Calgary's Cluck N Cleaver is just one version of the popular food item. (Tony Seskus/CBC)
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Have you noticed chicken sandwiches popping up at nearly every restaurant from Popeye's to Swiss Chalet to Red Lobster?

The hot chicken sandwich and all of its cousins are having a meteoric rise up the pecking order of poultry products.

We don't exactly know why Red Lobster, of all places, is selling chicken — but Cost of Living host Paul Haavardsrud and senior business producer Tony Seskus look at what the cluck is going on with chicken sandwiches in Canada and the United States.


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With housing prices skyrocketing and demand for real estate through the roof in Canada, some prospective buyers have taken to writing letters to sellers to try and get the edge on the competition.

Senior producer Jennifer Keene asks if an old fashioned <<billet-doux>> to your potential home seller actually works?

Perhaps the only words that matter in a bidding war the ones that come with dollar signs and additional zeros — namely, money.


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These days, artists like Celine Dion and the White Stripes supply the soundtrack to commercials, edging out the classic albeit cheesy earworms of decades past.

Producer Anis Heydari explains why the era of 'big jingle' is on the way out, but both small local businesses and irony continue to put jingles into our ears.


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