Low-Cost Substitutions for Take-Out Pizza

For those days when ordering a couple of pizzas seems like the quickest way to feed your family (or satisfy that pizza craving), don’t forget that there are several cheaper options available to you. Take a look at some of these suggestions from U.S. News’ My Money:

  • Baked Potatoes: top with pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella and assorted topping for a cheap, tasty pizza treat.
  • Pasta Substitutions: bake noodles like ziti or spaghetti with sauce, seasonings and layers of pizza fixings. To achieve that authentic pizzeria flavor, boil the pasta in water, olive oil and oregano.
  • Pie Shells: you can purchase several pizza pie shells from the bread or frozen section of the grocery store for the price of a single large restaurant pizza pie. You could also use French bread, bagels or homemade dough as your base.
  • Tacos, Tortillas and Pitas: these all serve as frugal substitutes for standard pizza dough. You can make cute individual pizza with cheap packages of small tortillas. Don’t be afraid to be creative!

For more substitutions and ways to save money the next time your family gets a craving for pizza, head over to 8 Fun Alternatives for Family Pizza Night.