Stood in the kitchen recently with dinner time fast approaching and too exhausted to cook? Me too! Tempted to order take out? Yep, same! But that money you might spend on enough pizza for the family takes a big chunk away from what you could be depositing into your vacation savings account! What to do?
Having a dinner back up plan is crucial. Especially when it's a back up plan that doesn't cost a lot, is quick and easy, and is something everyone likes. In this instance, I always have a few frozen pizzas in the freezer. At $5 each, two pizzas and some stray lettuce and carrots to toss into a salad makes for an inexpensive dinner. That $11-12 costs a LOT less than ordering from the local pizza place, it's a crowd pleaser, and practically effortless. I don't have to dip into the budget and risk taking away from our vacation account.
Okay, you say, but how does that really add up? After all, it's only $30 to buy pizza... True. But lets say that $30 is a once a month habit, on top of your other dining out expenses. That extra $19 spent on take out pizza versus frozen is $228 after 12 months. That's a night at a value resort. That's a lot of refillable mugs! That's a lot of souvenirs!
What if you do that twice a month? In a year, that's $456!
Now, I'm not saying never enjoy take out, but chances are, you already do! This would just be extra and on top of what you already spend. And if that's the case, frozen pizza to the rescue might be a great plan! If you aren't a frozen pizza family, look for other great meals that are effortless, like pasta meals in a bag or frozen meatballs cooked in sauce and served on a bun for meatball subs.
Quick, easy, and more money for the DIsney vacation of your dreams!