Eating out can be expensive, especially if you have a big family. That’s why we recommend having a Homemade Pizza Night. Not only will your family get to enjoy a delicious meal, but your children or grandkids will be able to get involved too. Cooking the pizzas is half the fun! Follow our simple tips and learn how to save money.
When it comes to the pizza base, you can either make your own or buy them from the supermarkets. Both ideas can be done cheaply.
If you choose to make your own, make sure you have enough time set aside to do so. The great thing about making your bases is that you will already have many of the ingredients sitting in your pantry, which means you won’t have to spend a dime.
If you prefer to buy your pizza bases, there are still ways you can save money. You can either look at the circulars and uses coupons to buy bases that are on sale. Or you can buy your bases in bulk, freezing the remaining ones for your next pizza night.
DIY Pizza Sauce
One of the easiest ways to save money when making pizzas is to make your own sauce. To make a basic pizza sauce that costs less than a dollar, pour a can of tomato sauce in a bowl, adding salt, pepper and your favorite herbs. You can use whatever dried herbs or fresh herbs you like. We recommend using whatever herbs you have on hand to maximize the money saving potential.
Pizza Topping Ideas
The toppings you use will make or break your pizza budget, so it’s worth thinking carefully about what pizzas you plan on cooking if you want to save money. We have come up with some money saving ideas and recipes to help you get started.
Never underestimate the Margherita pizza. It’s a classic. It’s tasty, easy to make and most importantly, cheap. Mozzarella cheese, basil and tomatoes are all the ingredients you will need for this one.
Like the name suggests, this vegetarian pizza is made entirely from leftovers! Whatever vegetables you can find in your fridge is what you will use. Most of us have things like onion, tomato, peppers and maybe even mushroom laying around – all of which are great on pizza. This recipe forces you to get creative in order to save big.
This recipe uses the same concept as the Leftover Vegetarian. Using whatever leftover meat you have, come up with a tasty pizza combination or add everything. The options are endless!
Place meatballs from last nights spaghetti on your pizza, adding some extra herbs
BBQ & Sausage Pizza
Chop up sausages from the BBQ and add them to your pizza. Add cheese and drizzle some extra BBQ sauce for a tasty combination.
Chicken, lamb, ham, pork, bacon, turkey, shrimp and salmon leftovers can also be transformed into tasty pizza toppings. However, if you do have some extra cash to spare, stock up on favorites such as pepperoni, anchovies, ham, mushrooms and olives.