15 months after being laid off, my husband has recently been getting a little work as a contractor. This means he's working for a company without benefits. It's unpredictable and a lot less money than he made in a salary, but it's work (and therefore money!) nonetheless. Upon receiving a "paycheck" last week, we decided to "celebrate" by forgoing our normal homemade pizza night and opt for the "luxury" of a $10 Costco pizza.
We opted for a combo pizza from Costco. We wouldn't normally make our own with those toppings, so it seemed a good choice. It looked beautiful, perfectly round with equal sized slices, and smelled great! My family sat down, ready to enjoy this almost-frugal meal. After the food was blessed, we dug in with great relish. We were surprised at what greeted us -- a rubbery crust, greasy cheese, and overall, a flat-tasting pizza. It didn't taste bad, but it certainly didn't compare at all to our homemade pizzas.
I guess we're spoiled, both taste-wise and money-wise. We could have made pizza that tasted 100% better, for 50% of the cost, and for not a lot more time invested than was spent buying that pizza. I'm somewhat curious how our pizza would stack up against more expensive pizza restaurants, like Round Table or California Pizza Kitchen. Our budget won't be including these for a while, but for now I'm confident that taste-wise, our pizza would stand up well in such company. Of course, there's no comparison in cost, we'd win hands down!
All I know is that I'm looking forward to our own pizza this Friday night! This works for our family - maybe it would work for you too!
Edit: I've added our current pizza recipe here! Enjoy!
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