THERE’S nothing quite like tucking into a slice of Domino’s pizza – but sometimes the prices can leave a nasty taste in your mouth.
If you’re not careful, ordering a pizza, drink, side and a pudding for one could end up costing you upwards of £20.
Lucky for us, there are plenty of hacks you can use to make sure that you never pay full price at the checkout.
From discount codes to personalising your pizza, here are the top tricks you can use to get money knocked off the bill.
Create your own and save 70p
The Sun did a bit of digging around and found that Domino’s charge up to 70p more for pizzas on its menu compared to ordering a “Create Your Own” version with exactly the same ingredients.
For example, a small speciality Pepperoni Passion pizza delivered from a store in Reading costs £13.99, whereas a customised one with exactly the same ingredients costs £13.29 – 70p cheaper.
In five of the examples that we looked at – which were ordered from branches in Reading, Birmingham, London, Leeds and Kent – it was cheaper to go DIY.
But the trick only seemed to work on small and medium pizzas.
Get £25 worth of pizza for £3
Quidco customers can stack a series of cashback deals to get £25 worth of pizza for £3.
How to save money on pizza
TAKEAWAY pizzas taste great but they can hit you hard on your wallet. Here are some tips on how to save on pizza:
Cashback websites – TopCashback and Quidco will pay you to order your pizza through them. They’re paid by retailers for every click that comes to their website from the cashback site, which eventually trickles down to you. So you’ll get cashback on orders placed through them.
Discount codes – Check sites like VoucherCodes for any discount codes you can use to get money off your order.
Make you own topping – One savvy customer noticed that Domino’s charges up to 70p MORE for pizzas on its menu compared to ordering the same one through the “create your own” option. It’s worth trying out to see if it makes a difference before you place your next order.
Buy it from the shops – Okay, it might not taste exactly the same but you’ll save the most money by picking up your favourite pizza from your local supermarket. Some Asda stores sell freshly made ones from the pizza counter where prices start at £2.
New customers will get £15 back on Domino’s orders, on top of an existing deal that gives 25 per cent off orders over £25.
That means your £25 bill will be slashed to £3.75 – and that’s before you’ve even taken Quidco’s normal cashback offers into account.
Bargain hunters new to the game can scoop three per cent off orders while experienced deal finders get one per cent cashback.
So on a £25 order you’ll get another 75p taken off making the bill just £3.
The best price existing customers can get is £18.50 on a £25 order, which while it’s not as good, you’ll still be saving £6.50.
Do the maths and go large
You may think ordering two 9.5 inch small pizzas will get you more bang for your buck than one 13.5 inch large – but you’d be wrong.
There’s some complicated maths involved here, but you don’t actually look at the width – or the diameter – of the pizza when it comes to working out the surface area.
You actually need the radius which is the measurement from the edge of the pizza to the middle.
The calculation maths boffins use to work this out is π x radius² and it turns out that you get more pizza with a large.
For example, a small Mighty Meaty costs £14.99 and has a surface area of 70.88 inches – so if you doubled up that’s £28.98 for 141.76 inches of pizza.
But a large has a surface area of 143.13 inches and costs just £19.99 – so you’ll be saving £9 and getting more pizza.
If you’re ordering with a pal who wants a different topping, no problem, because you can just order a large half-and-half.
Never order a Pepperoni Passion
The Pepperoni Passion is one of the most popular dishes on the menu but it’s also one of the most expensive because of it.
You can save a few pounds by ordering a cheese and tomato and adding extra pepperoni.
For example, a large Pepperoni Passion for collection at a store in Reading costs £19.99 but a large, personalised cheese and tomato costs £1.40 less, at £17.59.
Go to Asda for the wedges and save over £3
Domino’s came under fire from customers in 2017 after a member of staff was caught snapping up bags of Asda potato wedges.
The pizza chain admitted that it had served the supermarket’s sides in one branch after it ran out of its own wedges.
A whole kilogram bag of wedges costs £1 from the supermarket but Domino’s charges around £4.49 for the side.
Look for money off voucher codes
The internet is littered with Domino’s discounts which get you money off your online order, such as 25 per cent off, or buy one get one free.
Before placing your order, check the section on the website that’s dedicated to vouchers that you might be able to use.
It’s also worth checking Sun Vouchers for the latest offers where you can get 25 per cent off your order or a free garlic bread.
Alternatively, vouchercodes.co.uk or HotUKDeals which lets others users share discount codes.
50 per cent off is cheaper than buy one get one free
If you are lucky enough to find a selection of discount codes to choose from, always opt for 50 per cent off over buy one get one free.
They may sound like the same deal but it’s the cheapest pizza that’s always knocked off the bill when it comes to BOGOF, so 50 per cent off works out better value for money.
For example, if you got BOGOF on a medium cheese and tomato (£13.99) and a large Hawaiian (£18.99) then the bill would come to £18.99.
But 50 per cent off the total bill, which comes to £32.98, would set you back just £16.49 – saving you £2.50.
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Collect your order
We know that you’re probably ordering a Domino’s because you’re feeling a bit fragile from the booze you drank the night before, but you can save cash if you ditch delivery and collect it yourself.
Delivery charges vary by branch but can be around £3 which you’ll save by walking there yourself.
Branches also often run discounts on collection only orders that you can’t claim if you opt for delivery, such as £10 off your order.
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