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Everyday Cheapskate: Semi-Homemade: How to Combine Quick-Service Foods with Home Cooking

Mary Hunt on

On those super busy days when you just don't have time to cook at home, but eating out is too expensive, "semi-homemade" -- combining quick-service food with home cooking -- is a great way to merge the best of both worlds.


By purchasing premade pizza dough along with my own sauce and toppings, I can have fantastic pizza on the table in no time. I often rely on this option, especially when we have last-minute guests. It's impressive to quickly produce a high-quality, delicious pizza; it's my little secret.


The takeout pizza store in my neighborhood sells ready-to-roll pizza dough. I can buy a large ball of dough for $3.50, which makes a 16-inch pizza. Not all pizza stores sell their dough (the national chains in my area look at me as if I have three eyes when I inquire), but independent shops are typically more than happy for the business -- any business. In fact, one store near me even lists this on their menu board.



My local supermarket sells ready-to-bake pizza dough in the deli section for $3.49 (enough to make one 12-inch pizza).


I find Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust dough in the dairy case ($4.49). All these options cost more than making pizza dough from scratch, but when time is of the essence, this is a fast, cheap and reliable alternative.

You can freeze fresh, premade pizza dough to use later to make breadsticks and calzones, too.


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