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New research from Groupon Coupons reveals the real cost of ordering small pizzas, and it’s a steep one. 

To determine how to get the best price on pizza, Groupon spent nearly a month compiling data on more than 230 individual pies — from the "Meat Galore" at Casey's to the "Wisconsin Six Cheese" at Domino's to the "ExtraMostBestest Veggie" at Little Caesars.

Groupon discovered that surface area is way more important than the diameter of pizzas.

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To get the price per person, Groupon used pi to arrive at the surface area for each pizza. Then, it calculated the number of calories and square inches per slice for every pizza to get the price per person from six of the largest national pizza spots — Domino's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Casey's, Papa Murphy's and Little Caesars.

Biggest takeaways

  • Taking surface area into account, a 16-inch pizza is actually two-and-a-half times more food than a 10-inch pizza.
  • Instead of spending $19.23 for a large pizza, you'd be spending $32.76 on average for the same amount of pizza in 10-inch pies — a price increase of 70% for a pizza increase of exactly 0%.
  • Always split toppings on larger pizzas rather than ordering multiple small pizzas — an extra large pizza only costs about $4.50 per person, but a small will run you an average of $8 per person.
  • Little Caesars has been protecting us from ourselves for years — it only offers one size, and it's the most cost-effective by far.

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Groupon found that the price per square inch of pizza falls dramatically as the pies grow in size. A 16-inch pizza is actually two-and-a-half-times more food than a 10-inch pizza. That means ordering a 10-inch pie is a price increase of about 70% for a pizza increase of 0%.

The breakdown per pizza brand

Further research determined on average, most people eat 2-3 slices of a 14” pizza cut into eighths (about 48 square inches). This allowed Groupon to compare each brand’s price per person. 

A pizza eater can expect to pay $4.50 to fill up on a 16” pie and $5 to fill up on a 14-inch pie, but the price jumps to about $8 on a 10-inch pie. And that’s why you should always split toppings across larger pizzas for a better price instead of ordering individual pies.

One brand of pizza stood out from the pack. Little Caesars offers only 14-inch pies, making it impossible to overpay with the lowest price of $2.30 per person. The next lowest price, from Casey's General Store, is $4.08 per person for the 14-inch pie. That's a 77.39% increase.

At the other end of the price spectrum is Papa John's. Across the board, pizzas are more expensive compared to its peers, boasting the steepest climb from its smallest pie to the largest. The price per person is $8.70 for a small and then drops to $5.83 per person for an extra large — a 32.9% discount. 

Order the large

To get the same amount of pizza that's in a 16-inch pizza, you'd need to buy two and a half 10-inch pizzas. Instead of spending $19.23, you'd be spending $32.76. That's a price increase of 70% for a pizza increase of exactly 0%.

Of course, there is a place for small pizzas in the world. If you’re not going to eat all the pizza you buy, then you’re not saving money. In that case, a small pizza is your best friend.

Pizza lovers all over the Des Moines metro have Archimedes of Syracuse, William Jones and Groupon Coupons to thank for this money-saving tip.

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