I never buy ready meals. Here's why;
Firstly, I prefer knowing what goes into my meals. I like to control the amount of sugars and salts in our foods to something I feel comfortable with. My household complain that the sauces in ready meals or pre-prepared sauces are too sweet
Secondly, I enjoy cooking and experimenting with it.
Thirdly, ready meals take up too much room in the freezer with the packaging. Buying raw meat, means I can pack more food into my freezer to cook at a later date. So there are plenty of reasons to avoid ready meals. This same principle applies to baked goods too.
So far making sense? Great. But why do I buy vegetables? Surely there's no room to keep them in the freezer, right? Right! And here is what I do with the vegetables: I dehydrate them with a dehydrator like this one. I prefer dehydrators with many trays so I can get as much done in one go as is possible. I leave the dehydrator on over night which reduces the electricity bill. Cleverly frugal...I know :).
Buying the food dehydrator has helped me save huge amounts of money over the past year. I have even been lucky to have friends and family who either have allotments or grow food in their gardens. They often give me a bags full of vegetables as a thank you for when I have done them a favour. Of course it isn't easy to use up so many vegetables before they go off. And I hate food waste! That's why the dehydrator is doubly amazing.