Do you dress it up or not?

@byfaithonly (10716)
United States
June 11, 2009 7:35pm CST
I purchase 'cheap' frozen pizzas - $1.25 meal for me but not really. To this cheap pizza this evening I added a little more garlic, Italian seasoning, some crushed red peppers, and diced ham... It wasn't until I was throwing the ham package in the trash that I realized the ham cost twice what the pizza did, I used the last of my garlic powder (add that to the list can't live/eat without it). I'm figuring my $1.25 pizza cost me over $5.00... My question - do you take cheap foods and dress them up? More importantly do you take little things, cheap, unmeaningful things and 'dress them up'?
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14 responses
• United States
12 Jun 09
pizzas definetly.they never have enough toppings,or garlic to make me happy. even if i spend some on fixings,it's still cheaper than the local domino's. plus i can get a cheese and make a chicken/broccoli pizza,they usually don't sell those.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Never had chicken/broccoli pizza although I love both may have to try that sometime. We have a small pizza place in town, Hot & Now - they are the only place I've found that really puts 'enough toppings' on their pizza. But if I want the best in the world I drive 30 miles to Cascerelli's family owned pizza place in a little hole in the wall town but the best.
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• United States
13 Jun 09
oh yea..the mom & pop's are usually unbeatable. we had a local guy who retired..and depressed the whole town.it was just that good.
• India
12 Jun 09
Yes I do! I love using ham a lot. Bacons too. I do buy cheap frozen pizza. Most of the time I dress them up with eggs (sunny side up) and spinach or bacons. I have to have garlic powder or crushed garlic with extra virgin olive oil while eating pizza. Its very interesting as u mentioned little things, cheap unmeaningful things, they really turns out to be a big surprise if you know where exactly to use them.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Now there are two things I've never put on my pizza - eggs and spinach. I do love bacon on pizza but then love bacon anytime but it's horrid expensive in my area. I love bacon bits when I have them on baked potatoes (potatoes cheap food).
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• India
12 Jun 09
I love the egg and spinach combination. And yes, bacons are loved everwhere at any form :)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
12 Jun 09
As far pizza.. we have a "little Ceasers" here and they are always $5.00 and they are pretty good for an inexpensive dinner..I have added a few things to other cheaper cuts of meat to make them a lot more tasterer though....
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
12 Jun 09
LOL son Shane loves those 'hot and ready' pizzas from Little Ceasers I just don't like going out once I'm home. Cheap meat lots of garlic, onion, and good in the slow cooker or smoother in BBQ sause and do in slow cooker.
• Canada
12 Jun 09
We have found some really good frozen pizzas here in Canada, so we don't need to add anything extra to them. Occasionally I'll find a good one at the little store next to the coffee shop that I go to every day, and I'll bring it home for dinner. I've found some really good ones in that little store.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Oh I'm jealous, maybe I need to move to Canada :) We have frozen pizzas that have a lot of stuff on them but you pay as much for them as you would a fresh pizza from a pizza place and their not near as good as fresh.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Yep. We used to do the very same thing to those kinds of pizzas. WE used to add more mozarella cheese to ours. We have started dieting though so we have not had pizza in quite a while.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
12 Jun 09
OH yea extra cheese is the best way to dress up pizza, the extra protien I need in my diet but even when dieting I can't live without my pizza. I also love to 'dip' in ranch dressing or will make my own garlic/butter sause to dip in.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Yup I sure do! I figure this, buying a package of ham and what ever else to put on the pizza, it won't take the whole package so you'll have more to use on other things which keeps the cost down. I make mexican dishes and always have a lot of left overs so I'll freeze it to use another time.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Actually that's what I did with this package of ham - used it in scrambled eggs one day, fried potatoes another, and finished it off on my pizza. Two other cheap (inexpensive) foods I eat alot eggs and pototoes. Add cheese (expensive these days)to either of those and I have a meal.
• United States
14 Jun 09
Frozen pizzas taste nasty by themselves in my opinion. My partner and I always dress them up with herbs, REAL cheese, and various other toppings such as pepperoni. I swear that these tiny touches make a world of difference. Take two minutes to dress up your frozen pizzas and I guarantee you'll never have one by itself again.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Jun 09
When I get frozen pizzas whether cheap or expensive I always have a habit of "dressing" them up. I love cheese and most pizzas in my mind never have enough--I'll also sprinkle some garlic powder as I love a more garlicky taste
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@wenjule (107)
• Jamaica
13 Jun 09
Does the 'cheap' food feed you any less than the 'expensive' food? There is nothing wrong with trying to hunt for bargains when shopping for food. Now its how you prepare the food you bought or what you combine it with that makes the difference. Dressing up the cheap food as you call it should not be an issue. That's just the way you want it and you are only pleasing your cravings. Cheap things can be 'dressed up' to look and taste like its expensive counterpart. It's even like that in decorating a room. You don't have to go out and buy the most expensive things to make your room look sophisticated. Simplicity sometimes has more finesse.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I do the pizza thing too....just add a little american cheese though..I like it on top when it gets golden brown...and there are a few other things I dress up...if I don't get bushes baked beans I take the cheaper ones and add a bit of brown sugar to it....same with sloppy joe canned sauce.
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• United States
12 Jun 09
Things such as those cheap frozen pizzas, I do dress it up like you described.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
12 Jun 09
We are very frugal in our home. We DO buy cheap pizza and dress them up; I purchased a pizza cooker for hubby last Xmas and it's been the best thing. We can also broil/bake other foods as well. If you think about it, even though you used the last of your packaged ham and garlic salt, when you do purchase them again they'll last you through quite a few dressed up pizzas, etc., so you're really saving money in the long run. That's what we look at. We recently purchased a small deep freeze so that we could buy meats, etc. when on sale and stock up. I was tired of cramming foods into the small freezer section of our refrigerator. You're not suppose to block the fan in the freezer or it has to work much too hard to keep things frozen and then it costs more in electricity. Everytime we'd go grocery shopping I'd have to remind my hubby that we had to eat-up most of what was in freezer before we could buy anything else frozen; that's why the decision to purchase the deep freeze. We are both so, so glad that we did; and the one we got will only cost on average $26 a year in electricity.
• United States
12 Jun 09
We used to make our own cheap pizzas. A can of biscuits, tomato sauce spices and cheeses. Now, cheese is so expensive that you might as well just buy a nice pizza. I used to have a really good rcipe for home made pizzas that was better then any restaurant I ever tasted. Unfortunately, I can't remember it and lost it somewhere between moves.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Yes, I do! I think it is a good way to get cheap stuff but make them pretty/tasty/better! I havebought frozen pizza and can soup recently, I just ate the frozen pizza because it tastes not bad and I made the can vegetables soup with lost of ingredients - all the fresh veggies, made it like the fresh mixed vegetables soup, it was good!