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Gearing up for a frugal week. Best freezer pizzas?

September 29th, 2013 at 05:12 pm

This is a low/no spend week, in an attempt to get us back on track with the budget and saving/meeting all the goals.

In preparation, I did this week's menu around many items we already have in the pantry. The grocery list seems pretty slim, which I guess is good!

Tonight we had a small ham, which will be remade into Tuesday's red beans and rice (yes, New Orleans style). Tomorrow, a brisket, Wednesday a pork loin with some of the applesauce I canned, Thurs. shrimp from a local prawn farm, and friday is pizza and (free library) movie night.

I'm open to suggestions on the best tasting brands of freezer pizzas. The kids don't seem to go for my homemade ones, no matter what I try, so maybe there is a decent frozen one they'll go for!

I also cleaned and organized the pantry while the kids were playing after dinner, just to get my head back in the game, see what I had, and make making food less frustrating due to disorganization. It took less than an hour and is so so so so much better.

This week, I foresee spending money on the groceries, and probably some gas later in the week. I might also have to spend $20 on garbage stickers. We have to put a sticker on each can each week we put it at the curb. Recycling is free. I'm almost out.

Other than that, we aren't buying anything. Nada. Time to re-embrace my inner cheapskate!

Oh, before I go, I took an awesome from scratch bread-making class. I was wondering if there was a way to make dough ahead of time and freeze it in one-loaf portions that I could then take out, thaw, let rise, then bake. It seems like it'd be a time saver to bake a bunch at once rather than several times a week. Any thoughts?

6 Responses to “Gearing up for a frugal week. Best freezer pizzas?”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Just in case: Have you tried English muffin mini-pizzas with your kids? Ours don't like the homemade pizza crusts we use, so we usually do something like that for them.

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    That's definitely worth a try!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    We buy a package of naan bread at Trader Joe's and use that for our pizza crusts sometimes. The kids love it. Otherwise, I find the Red Baron pizza's pretty good.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I think the best freezer pizza's are DiGiorno's and Freschetta's.

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    I find I can buy a take'n bake for less than most freezer pizza. Unless I have coupons or they're on killer special.

  6. Kiki Says:

    Yes you can freeze the dough but i have not been succssful at thawing it and having it rise again very much, just treezing it after its last rise. Tastes just as yummy to me!

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