10 Food Staples That Are Easy and Cheap to Make Yourself

Pizza dough

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For just $1.23, Jennifer Schreiner can make enough pizza crust to feed her family of four. By comparison, a tube of store-bought pizza dough costs about $3 and a Boboli pizza shell is $4.99.

The dough needs to rise for just one hour, and it freezes well. Homemade pizza is a good way to use up leftover spaghetti sauce — not that the dish is limited to a marinara base.

Homemade pizza night happens at least once a week for Schreiner, who runs the blog Inspiring Savings. Her kids look forward to creating their own personal pizzas, with no arguments about too much cheese or not liking pepperoni. In fact, she tells Money Talks News that pizza night is “joyous.”

Here’s another joy: Not paying $12 to $18 — or more — for takeout pizza. Even factoring in the cost of sauce and toppings, you’ll save a bundle by making it yourself.

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