12/20/05 | Dominos Pizza Coupons
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Ah yes, Domino’s Pizza. The other day I was super lazy and decided to order some food for dinner to be delivered. This is generally not a good idea for Cheap Eats as it’s cheaper to make your own food and plus you are generally expected to tip the driver some extra moola for the convenience.
The only delivered food I usually make an exception for is Pizza. One of the reasons is that unless you have an extremely large stomach capacity (or a bunch of people with extremely large stomach capacities are at your house), a single pizza can be dinner, then lunch and then sometimes dinner again.
When you divide the cost among all the meals, it comes out much cheaper. Anyhow, for pizza delivery, I usually choose among the two biggies around here which are Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut.
I haven’t ordered from Pizza Hut in a long time, but the difference between their standard pizza and Domino’s (I know you can get both deep dish and thin crust for both companies, with varying results) is that I feel Pizza Hut is a bit greasier with thicker crust that is sometimes almost “cake-like”. Domino’s is more of a standard flat pizza with crunchier crust, at least from my experience.
One of my fondest memories of Domino’s Pizza is the “Dorm Pizza Sneak”. What is this? For those who’ve lived in dorms you probably know about the unwritten rule that any large quantity of hot food is automatically subject to community “sharing” by all members on that particular floor. Occasionally, this sharing can extend to R.A.’s and members of OTHER floors as well. You may not appeal this decision as well.
The end result is that you only get one slice of pizza for your $10. Suck ass. So we used to try and sneak the pizza into our rooms. This was accomplished by exiting the elevator, looking both ways, and then making a mad dash to the designated “pizza room” with the pizza tucked under your arm like a football.
The only problem was this is Pizza Topping Slippage. This happened often, because the Domino’s Pizza near my campus was not known for their crust to topping adhesion properties. So tipping the pizza sideways and then running with it like a football was pretty disastrous for the pie; all the toppings and much of the cheese slid off into on corner of the box! Still, it beat having to share the mess with everyone.
In case you haven’t ordered in awhile, the price of delivery style pizza has skyrocketed. And you HAVE to use coupons otherwise you are getting totally jacked. Luckily the Domino’s Pizza Coupons are sent nearly every other day to our house, along with Pizza Hut Coupons too.
They have numerous specials, the most famous of which is the 555 for $5 deal. This is where they try to get you to buy more pizza than you need. They don’t really care about how many pizzas they have to give you, just that you spend above $10-15 it seems. I mean I only want ONE single one topping medium pizza, so why can’t I have it for $7.
Other coupons include 2x Tuesdays where you buy one large pizza at inflated prices and get a 2nd one for free, and the 2 medium two topping pizzas for $13.99. The one I used was a $10.99 for 1 large 1 topping pizza, which is the most sane in the bunch.
I don’t know if they still do this deal where if the pizza isn’t at your house in 30 minutes then it’s on the house. If so I would consider obfuscating my house address so that I can get it gratis, hehe.
I don’t know the rules for tipping drivers (will they spit in your pizza the next time if you don’t), but I usually round up the dollar amount if the cents amount is less than 50 cents, and add a dollar if it is more than 50 cents. That usually means a tip between 50 cents and $1.50.
All right, so how does the damn thing taste? Well, it’s a pizza all right. I got a Pepperoni Pizza from Domino’s this time… one Cheap Eats hint for delivery pizza is to add your own toppings. I like throwing raw veggies on there, because it cuts the grease a bit and just feels more healthy. Favorites include mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, tomatoes.
Domino’s Pizza has always seemed “flatter” to me. This particular pizza pie started out extremely thin in the middle to super thick on the outside. There was a LOT of sauce on this one, and probably not enough cheese for my liking (Pizza Hut seems to have more cheese). The sauce was pretty blah… like tomato sauce straight out of a can. The pepperonis were just “OK”.
Interestingly, I didn’t even know it but they gave a free bottle of Coke Zero with the deal. Nice, though I don’t like the diet stuff.
Generally, I eat about 1/4 to 1/3 of a single pizza. The remainder can be refrigerated for more than a few days. Pizza for breakfast after a late night party is an eye-opening transcendental experience. One hint for storage is to double wrap the pizza in individual slices if possible. Wrap each slice once in foil or saran wrap, then in an outer ziploc bag. This keeps it more fresh.
And when warming up the pizza, I usually take it out of the fridge at let it get more room temperature. Then pop it in the toaster set to broil for 10-15 minutes. You gotta watch it though, because it will burn the cheese and toppings.
Price: $10.99, with a free Coke Zero.
Found at: Domino’s Pizza
Cheap Eats Score: 5/10