Frugal Food
Blogging about feeding my family of six without spending a fortune. You won't find fancy foods like beef wellington or chicken carbonara (most of the time), but you will find really good food eaten by an actual real family, with real activities and really picky children.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
It's not delivery
And it's not DiGiorno either.
It's homemade!! Doesn't it look delicious??!!
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My family loves pizza. But for the six of us to order pizza in, it usually runs us $30 to 50 depending on what kinds of sales the pizza shops have going on. Homemade pizza costs me a grand total of $5.95 for three pizzas. I probably could have gotten that down by another dollar or so had I made the pizza dough from scratch. But I'm really not that great at it and our Super Walmart sells dough balls for 65cents each. Three of them do our family just fine. They are about the size of a Pizza Hut medium pan pizza, at a fraction of the price!

First I let the dough balls come to room temperature, then I rolled each one out on a lightly floured surface and tossed them in the air a few times (optional, I just happen to have a knack for it) before spreading it onto a pizza stone sprinkled with cornmeal. Then I spread some cheap pasta sauce, sprinkled some more spices like garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, sprinkled on some shredded cheese (just a note about the cheese, I have discovered that if you buy a brick of mozzarella and shred it with your food processor or hand grater, it melts MUCH better than the pre-shredded store stuff), threw on some slices of pepperoni and baked them in my oven on 450*F for 20 minutes. Yummy, ooey gooey hot pizza without forking out half a weeks worth of grocery money :)

Here's a close up of the ooey gooey goodness :)
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posted by Heather @ 4:45 PM  
  • At March 09, 2006 10:51 PM, Blogger Dirtdart's Wife said…

    Hey I want some of that! It looks YUMMY heather!

  • At March 10, 2006 10:53 AM, Anonymous Amy said…

    Can I ask how much you spend on groceries a month? I'm just curious because if you spend close to what I spend then I'm doing something wrong here lol.

    What do you do for breakfast/lunches? What about snacks? I absolutely love your blog, I'm glad I found it again.

  • At March 11, 2006 7:34 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I spend around $450/month usually. Currently I am cutting *way back* (WAAAY back) because of a reduction in income. So far this month I've spent about $350 and all I will need to buy is bread, milk, and fresh produce.

    Breakfasts - the kids usually eat cold cereal (whatever is on sale) on school days. On weekends they eat eggs, pancakes, toast, bagels, waffles, or cereal. Dh & I are not big on breakfast and will occassionally have a bagel (bought from the reduce bakery section for 25c each) or eggs.

    Lunches are leftovers usually, or ramen noodles. My 4yo will only eat pb& j most days, the older kids eat lunch at school right now due to the reduction in income.

    Snacks tend to be fresh fruit (apples, bananas, grapes, sometimes oranges), muffins, crackers, popcorn, applesauce, toast, the occassional fruit snack or granola/cereal bar.

    Glad you like the blog :)

  • At March 12, 2006 7:52 PM, Anonymous Amy said…

    Everytime I hit the grocery store I think of you LOL. I used your pizza idea (duh it's so easy...funny how we forget, "Hey I can make that at home for WAY less than it costs to order it!) and I bought stuff for the cheesy ham casserole. If I can spend 1/2 as much as you do...I'll be happy! I miss the commissary though, I could feed us for a month on $200 *sigh*. What other tips you have for me hehehe.

  • At March 14, 2006 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The pizza looks GREAT! I do make homemade pizza, but I could probably spend $6 just on cheese! (Yes, I usually grate it myself (and you're right, it definitely melts better), and even make the sauce & dough myself. I just find that the cheese is horribly expensive. Where do you buy cheese so cheap? Thanks!


  • At March 14, 2006 10:51 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I can get an 8oz brick of Mozzarrella at the commissary (grocery store for military members & their dependants) for $1.49. The shredded mozzarrella is a little cheaper at $1.19 for 8oz.

    At the Super Walmart or other grocery store, I would probably pay about $2 for an 8oz brick of mozzarrella and about the same or more (oddly enough) for 8oz of shredded mozzarrella.

    For the three pizzas, the majority of cost came from the cheese, I use about 10oz total for the three pizzas.

  • At March 15, 2006 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Washington state and I was wondering where in the Wal Mart Supercenter do you find the dough balls? Is it in the bakery or is it in the frozen foods? Thanks

  • At March 15, 2006 6:02 PM, Anonymous Brooke said…

    Great blog! I've found so many helpful hints. Thanks for sharing all this. I'm looking forward to your next post. :)

  • At March 17, 2006 6:19 AM, Anonymous Nicole said…

    Oh, Heather, that looks SO yummy! And, since I've personally eaten your cooking, I know it tastes as good as it looks!

    Much love,

  • At March 17, 2006 2:00 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    I find the dough balls over in the deli/bakery section (ours are side by side). Over where they have the prepped sandwiches/pizzas.

    Hope this helps!

  • At March 20, 2006 9:25 AM, Anonymous Michele Annette said…

    Hi Heather, It's Michele Annette from FV! I just realized you had a blog! Excellent! I will be visiting often. Awesome pizza! I love making my own too. Take care girl! :)

  • At April 09, 2006 10:25 AM, Blogger MommyJess said…

    I love your website! You are totally inspiring!!!! I am going to add some more frugal foods to my grocery list next time!

  • At April 17, 2006 7:55 PM, Blogger Jenn said…

    I've had your site on my list to start checking for a while :) Have a slight caffine induced insomnia tonight so though I'd come over!

    I miss the commissary. Once DH retired and I got out last year we moved about 4 hours away from the closest one. It isn't even worth a road trip with the price of gas being what it is. . . I just try to shop at Aldi's and Save a Lot instead.

    I make homemade pizza too. I use my bread machine to make the dough, then I par-bake it for 8 min in a 350 oven, then I freeze them. Then when I want to make pizza, I just take the crust out, top it with stuff (still frozen) and cook in a 425 oven for about 12 minutes. Yum.

    I also like brocoli pizza. I just take small florettes of uncooked brocoli and put them on top of the cheese. At the high oven temp they get roasted. . . yummmm. Princess (5) actually prefers it to pepperoni.

  • At April 17, 2006 7:55 PM, Blogger Jenn said…

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  • At April 18, 2006 7:08 AM, Blogger Mom2fur said…

    Wow, that looks delicious! But holy cow, your takeout pizza is expensive. Even with meat it only costs me about $22 for two pies. Maybe it's because there's a lot of competition around here so maybe that keeps prices down a little.
    Still, your pie looks so good I'm going to have to try to make one, too. And Jenn, the broccoli pizza sounds amazing. I love roasted vegetables!

  • At April 22, 2006 9:26 PM, Blogger Michele said…

    We love homemade pizza too... yours looks great!

  • At May 05, 2006 6:55 AM, Blogger Mom2fur said…

    I'm sure you've devoured that pizza by now! What else have you been cooking?

  • At July 25, 2006 6:16 PM, Anonymous Tammy said…

    Hi Heather-Its Tammy from FV :)

    I just clicked on your link to the blog today...soooo cool!!
    I've always enjoyed reading about you and your family and ways of saving money,now I get more hahaha!!

    That pizza looks DELISH!!! I gotta try it. You think if WM doesnt have the dough balls I use the frozen bread you usually gotta thaw and let rise...but just thaw and roll out? I dont remember ever seeing those dough balls,and I thought I knew everything WM had LOL!! It is a certain brand,color wrapping..?

    Cant wait to read more!! I got ya saved in my favs :D

  • At July 27, 2006 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks great!

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