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I’ve always wanted to do this type of article. This isn’t so much traditional finance, but at the same time depending on who you are and the type of lifestyle you desire, this might be up your alley. I LOVE pizza, and I am here today to see if it’s possible to live off a $100/month budget eating only Little Caesars pizza.
“ARE YOU CRAZY MR. DEBT TO DOUGH? I KNOW YOU USUALLY REFER TO DOUGH AS MONEY BUT YOU ARE LOSING IT!”. Alright, hold your horses. I want to make this clear. When you are pretty damn poor but don’t want to live off rice and ramen, eating pizza all the time sounds great. At least the pizzaholic in me does.
I’m not here to talk about health or optimal nutrition, because this isn’t a “live cheap and healthy” blog. I want to give you the best bang for your buck, and the best value of flavor.
So Why Little Caesars?
Little Caesars has a few things going for it:
- They are deemed the “Best Value in America“. The fact that you can feed a family of 3-4 for $5 (2 slices each) on a large 14″ pizza that is already made makes them the ideal “value” case study.
- My budget was $20 back in my dirty basement days, and little caesars was a staple back then.
- $5 is pretty consistent across the board, the pizza does the job of being good enough to eat while being pizza.
- I don’t want to mention cheap frozen pizzas (<$3 as they are often very thin, small, and are terrible). PS: This isn’t a debate on how you think LC is terrible.
How Many Little Caesars Pizzas To Eat Per Week?
If we hold ourselves to a $25/week budget, that would equate to 5 Little Caesars Pizzas over 7 days.
That means we would to eat about 0.71 (between 2/3 and 3/4 of a pizza) pizza every day.
Hmm, that may or may not sound feasible. But let’s round up and say 6 of 8 slices will be eaten daily.
So will 6 slices be enough every day?
Total Calories for A Large Pepperoni Hot-n-Ready Pizza
You get the same price for cheese, but more calories are the name of the game.
- Pepperoni Hot and Ready Per Slice = 280 Calories
- Full Pepperoni Hot & Ready Pizza = 2240 calories
Average Daily Calorie Intake
Alright, if a pizza is 2240 calories. That means by eating 3/4 of a pizza, we allocate 1680 calories for the day.
Considering the average daily intake you should be having varies between 1500-2500 (depending on your diet goals). Consuming about 1700 calories is well within the ballpark of maintaining weight and maybe losing weight in some cases depending on who you are.
Average Cost Per Day of Pizza Eating
Realistically, we aren’t even spending $5/day on average. Considering we are only spending $3.33 a day on pizza. Oh baby, now that is what I’m talking about.
Sure, the first day you need to buy one pizza every day for three days, then skip out on the 4th day. Eat and repeat!
Forget $5 meals, we are going under the $5/day food budget barrier. Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!
Your Pizza Eating Schedule
Personally, I hate eating breakfast. I don’t even like most breakfast foods that aren’t meat. I normally just get free coffee at my workspace to replace breakfast and eat only lunch and dinner. But you might have your own schedule. Here is what I recommend.
Schedule Option #1:
- Morning = 1 Slice
- Lunch = 3 Slices
- Dinner = 2 Slices
Schedule Option #2:
- Morning = none
- Lunch = 3 Slices
- Dinner = 3 Slices
I generally do fasting, so two meals a day would fit schedule #2. It’s up to you.
Why Am I Neglecting Food Staples Like Flour, etc..?
Technically we all can live off ramen, beans, rice, noodles, etc. but if I’m already living off of that, what’s the point of living!? I want to eat real meals.
Sure, eating microwave Little Caesars might not sound appealing.
Sure, the half-life of a Little Caesars is about 5 minutes and after 30 minutes it tastes like cardboard.
Sure, Little Caesars may be on the bottom tier of pizza flavor compared to other pizza chains.
But dammit! Pizza is pizza and if it’s already made for me when I need it then it’s a lifesaver!
Little Caesars has been with me during the worst of times, and I won’t ever forget my roots as I continue to support them.
ANYWAYS, the point that I’m trying to make is–Pizza for life (and to not take this seriously)!
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