Homemade Pizza - Is It Cheaper Than Delivery or Frozen?
Pizza is a favorite food among most people, especially children. It is also one of the most commonly eaten foods. Yet the prices vary so much, how do you know what is the cheaper option? Can you make your own for less than delivery or frozen? I can guarantee it will taste great, unless of course you like grease as your main dish, then you might want to stick to delivery.
I think it is safe to say that pizza that is delivered is your most expensive option here. When we order pizza we typically get one with sausage and one with pineapples and black olives. If I were to buy a frozen pizza I could purchase a sausage one, however I have never seen a frozen pizza with just pineapples and black olives. If you have let me know, OK?
Right here I see a benefit of making your own pizza - you can put whatever you want on it. For frozen pizzas I have seen about 5 options - cheese, pepperoni, sausage, supreme, and vegetarian. We prefer different combinations of toppings on our pizza, so these frozen options don't always give us what we want.
I do purchase frozen pizzas to keep in the freezer. I use them only a couple of times a year, on those nights when life is crazy, I have nothing planned for dinner and I just feel like ordering pizza. Then I pull out two Red Baron frozen pizzas and we have dinner much quicker than it would take to have pizza delivered and for about 25% of the cost. I get these pizzas for about $3 each. This is one of the cheaper frozen pizzas out there.
I am sure you know the commercial "It's not delivery it's DiGiorno", right? DiGiorno pizza is a pricey one, with the regular price being around $6 each. And the pizzas are smaller than the Red Baron pizzas, meaning that two of them might feed my family, but probably not. If I cooked up two DiGiorno pizzas it would cost me around $12, which is only about $6 cheaper than ordering pizza.
I believe that homemade is your cheapest option. I make my own dough in my bread machine and then roll it out onto pizza stones. Let's take a look at the ingredients. I purchase bread flour, olive oil and yeast in bulk for my dough recipe, the other ingredients are minimal amounts of salt and sugar. The total cost to me for the dough alone is around $.50. An 8 oz block of mozzarella cheese cost $1.68. A large can of black olives is $1, however I only use 1/4 of it, so $.25 for olives. A small can of pineapple tidbits costs $.39 and I use half when I make pizza so $.20 for the pineapples. I use 1/2 pound of ground sausage and the cost is $1. I add my own seasonings to a can of tomato sauce and only use 1/3 of the can - total cost $.15. The total cost for two homemade large pizzas, exactly how we like them is $3.78.
That is quiet a bit cheaper than the Red Barron frozen pizzas. That savings ($2.22) each week of the year adds up to $115.44. If I were comparing this to the more expensive frozen pizzas my savings would be $8.22 a week or $427.44 a year. If I were comparing this to delivery pizza (it costs us about $20 each time we order pizza) my savings would be $16.22 a week or $843.44 for the year.
Do you still think that ordering pizza doesn't cost you much money? People do actually tell me that. They think nothing of dropping $20 or more to order pizza whenever they don't feel like cooking. People actually think that it doesn't cost much money, but when you add up that money over the course of a year, it really does add up.
I am not saying that you should never order pizza in. I would venture to guess that everyone does it sometime or another (including me). Looking at the cost break down though makes me less likely to order pizza any time soon. How about you?