Save Some Dough With This Pizza Recipe That Costs Less Than $1/Serving

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Please don’t misunderstand me, here.

I enjoy pizza as much as every other millennial out there. What I don’t love, though? Paying $14 — not including taxes or delivery — for a large cheese pizza from a generic chain that may or may not rhyme with Papa Yawns.

If I want to splurge for pepperoni? Add another $2. Throw some veggies on that pie, and well, the amount of dough just keeps rising. (Pun 100% intended.)

That’s why lately, I’ve started making my own pizza. It takes less time than waiting on delivery, proves to be more personalizable, retains less grease and is a heck of a lot cheaper.

But I don’t make just any pizza… I make special pizza rolls that only cost about 92 cents per serving.

Save Money on This Easier Homemade Pizza Recipe

Before I share with you my secret recipe (OK, it’s not really a secret), let me share a few ways you can save even more money on the ingredients:

1. Pillsbury: Print Coupons

Because I signed up for Pillsbury’s daily emails, I get inspiration from tons of other awesome recipes, as well as up to $250 in coupons per year.

Bam. Right to my inbox.


2. Drop: Save Money Automatically

I like the Drop app because I don’t have to think about it.

I don’t have to check off specific items, take photos of my receipt or scan barcodes.

Rather, the rewards app lets me choose my five favorite brands (out of dozens of options). Then I’ll automatically earn points each time I spend money at the retailer through my connected debit or credit card.

Participating grocery stores include Costco, H-E-B, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods.

Download the app, link your go-to credit or debit cards, then earn points automatically. At Trader Joe’s, for example, you’ll earn 12 points per $1 spent. Once you hit 5,000 points, you can cash out for gift cards (for example, 5,000 points gets you a $5 Starbucks gift card).

3. Shopkick: Save Money Without Spending

The Shopkick app is unique in that you don’t have to spend a single cent to earn “kicks,” or points you can exchange for gift cards to your favorite retailers. You can simply walk through the doors of CVS, Publix, Target, Walmart or any other participating retailer to bank kicks.

If you want to earn more, scan the barcodes of specific items. Again, no need to buy ’em.

We talked to one guy who’s earned more than $400 in gift cards through Shopkick.

Get kickin’.

My Secret Homemade Pizza Recipe — Less Than $1/Serving

Even if you don’t apply these savings, the ingredients, listed below, will still ring up at just 92 cents a serving.

Personalizable Crescent Pizza Rolls



  • 1 tube Pillsbury Crescents dinner rolls
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • Shredded cheese (any variety, as much or as little as you’d like)
  • Any toppings, including pepperoni, sausage, ham, pineapple, peppers, black olives — or all of the above… or none of the above, if you’re picky…

Total, excluding toppings: $7.37

Servings: 8

Cost per serving: 92 cents


Preheat your oven to 375 F. Pop the tube of dough, and separate the individual triangles. You’ll want to pat these out a little — more surface area means more room for fillings.

Place your desired cheese and toppings on the short end of the triangle. Don’t get too crazy here, as you’ll end up with a mess and a half. Also, leave the sauce out. Trust me when I say it gets really messy when you try to add that, so simply use it as a dipping sauce later.

Roll the crescents up, starting from the shortest side of the triangle. Set the rolls on your cookie sheet point side down, then bake for 10 to 14 minutes.

Once you’re ready to eat, pour some tomato sauce for dippin’. Enjoy!

Time to Come out of That Food Coma Now…

See? Homemade pizza is just as easy as takeout — at a fraction of the cost.

Plus, the whole personalizable option is perfect for families full of picky kids (or a picky spouse).

If you’re into the crescents, we’ve got more where that came from. Here are five more crescent roll recipes — all under $2 per serving.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Admittedly, she’s not the best cook, but these were a pizza cake… or should she say… pie. (Sorry, she’s also cheesy.) (OK, seriously. She’s done now.)