If you aren’t mindful of your food spending budget, weekends can wear down your wallet in a big way. Friday and Saturday nights are the biggest income nights for take-out restaurants. Don’t be tempted to dial out for take-out food, if you haven’t specifically budgeted for it. There are so many quick and easy recipes out there, and you can save your family a lot of money by learning to make your favorite take-out foods yourself.
This Friday my family and I had a pizza craving. Instead of ordering out, we made it a fun project. My four year old daughter helped me to make two large pizzas using Bobby Flay’s pizza dough recipe.
I only let it rise about 30 minutes, and it worked just fine. They took about 5 minutes to prepare once the crust was rolled out, and 25 minutes to bake. This is the break down in cost for our two pizzas:
4 cups flour: $1.60
1/2 jar tomato sauce: $0.75
8 oz cheese: $2.00
4 slices bacon: $0.50
1 onion: $0.30
4 tablespoons capers: $0.60
2 cups fresh greens: $0.13
1 oz olive oil: $0.17
2 Large custom-made pizzas = $6.05
If I were to have ordered two large, three topping pizzas from Dominoes, it would have cost $39.70. We saved $33.65 by making the pizza at home instead of ordering in. The small things in life are the biggest budget savers. Try making your own pizza next time you get that craving. You might be amazed at how much money you save.