One of our all time favorite meals is Pizza – hands down. Who doesn’t love pizza? Did you know that 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly. In fact a recent study shows that a family spends about $17 each week on pizza alone! That’s over $875 a year on pizza!
In stretching our grocery budget, we had to cut back on our favorite pizzeria. We were on a mission! How could we make a pizza at home that was quick, easy and MORE delicious than our favorite delivery?
When we started focusing on how to stop wasting food and making our Grocery Budget stretch, we found that it was cheaper to make our own pizza.
First we started with buying pizza dough. You can purchase a case of 20 frozen pizza dough balls from Sams Deli counter (where they sell the pizza slices) for about $15 – not including tax. That’s roughly a dollar a dough ball. I have seen frozen dough balls sold in grocery stores, and even unfrozen at places like Trader Joe’s. We were trying to go bulk to save on the overall cost. In an effort to steer away from processed foods, we are still hunting for the perfect homemade dough recipe, but for now, we’re buying the frozen balls.
The dough is also great for garlic knots and even monkey bread!
Take them out of the freezer about 24 hrs before cooking and place in the fridge to defrost. About an hour before cooking, set them on the counter. It makes the dough balls rise a little, therefore making it easier to work with.
Here’s the cost breakdown for an average Pepperoni Pizza
Frozen Pizza Dough ($15 for a box of 20 dough balls) $1.33/week
Homemade Sauce ($4 for large can Crushed Tomatoes) $ .40/week
Pepperoni ($1.99 for a bag from Aldi – lasts 2 pizzas) $1.00/week
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese ($2.69 from Aldi) $2.69/week
*not included are spices or garnishes TOTAL $5.42
We have made all varieties of pizza and the kids love to join in. Italian Sausage, Barbecue Chicken, and Buffalo Chicken are all in our regular rotation. One of our favorites is Pesto Pizza.