Have you set up a weekly pizza night only to have a tight budget this week that can no longer justify ordering in?
Don’t worry about letting the kids down, there are fun alternatives to pizza night your kids are bound to love! They may actually prefer some of these alternatives.
For the longest time my husband and I ordered in pizza, then we started picking up the pizza from a place that sold them cheaper. The years progressed and it seemed rather disappointing when we couldn’t justify the pizza. Isn’t it funny how we grow an emotional relationship to food? Our children had learn to expect pizza and a movie every Friday night and somehow not ordering in the pizza felt like we would be letting them down. The truth is, we felt more of the connection than they did. Our children were loving the moments that made the memories, we were more worried about the logistics of the affair. Somehow having a smaller bank account balance and a tighter budget stings our pride. In a way, it’s like not feeling good enough. So when we realized we were literally eating our own feelings every Friday night things began to change.
We still have pizza night but it’s no longer every week. We do however, make an added effort to spend time together as a family each and every Friday night. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Fun Alternatives To Pizza Night
Okay, so now that you are considering mixing up pizza night with some fun alternatives the question arrises, what should you replace it with?
– Make Your Own Pizza
I know, making your own pizza is still considered pizza night. Hang with me for a moment. This would be a great first step to see exactly how your kids, especially if they are older, would respond to mixing things up. Will they pout at the idea of not having that familiar pizza box or will they leap in excitement? If they leap then you know that you can mix things up week to week. If they don’t seem overly thrilled at the idea, take things slow. Try having a make your own pizza night a few times a month until ordering in becomes a thing of the past.
– Pizza Pasta
Like I said before, we were ordering in and then we began to make our own pizzas. After a few weeks of building our own pizzas together as a family we began to use pizza ingredients to make completely new meals, including this pizza pasta recipe that I shared on another post. My kids love it!
– Chicken Parmesan
My son has come to prefer this dish over pizza. That’s okay with me too! Not only is it easy to make but it’s a more mature meal. My children, and my son in particular, can eat his weight in this meal. The best part, it’s deceitfully budget friendly.
– Taco Bar
Who said taco night had to be limited to Tuesdays? Mix it up with a budget friendly taco bar and let the kids make their own tacos. They will love the feeling of feeling that they are in control and you will love how much money you end up saving. Check out these fun family night ideas.
– Popcorn Night
Okay, so you might not think that popcorn is a meal in it’s own. I’ll let you feel that way. However, it may just be the added something special if you curl up on the couch with a good movie. Still not sure how it’s so special? Add toppings!
-Ice Cream Bar
Speaking of toppings, let’s scream for ICE CREAM!
– Game Night
Game night doesn’t have to be boring. Put down the deck of cards and pick up the football. A family that plays together is bound to stay together because after all, laughter is contagious and you know the memories will last a lifetime. Here’s a list of 100 ways to play outside.
Breakfast is not just for the mornings. In our house pancakes almost never happen in the mornings. Pancakes are almost always a dinner option and the possibilites and flavors are endless. We prefer cinnamon flavored with apple toppings or even just a classic flavor with a fresh layer of strawberries.
What’s the only thing in the world better than pancakes and bacon? Waffles and bacon! A simple waffle iron like the one that I use is all it takes to have kids jumping up and down screaming “thank you mommy!”.