By Anonymous - 22/03/2013 10:49 - United States
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35, which either means that your roommate eats the most expensive frozen pizza imaginable or that he needs 10 of them to get full. Where I'm from you can get 3 frozen pizzas, cheapest version, for 2.59€. (2 of them are usually more than enough to sate one's appetite.) And generally speaking, if you try to make fresh and healthy food, then you'll have to pay more than if you were to get unhealthy stuff. It pretty much goes in this order, price-wise: Selfmade unhealthy << finished product unhealthy < selfmade healthy << finished product healthy There are some exceptions in the middle section, but for the most part this is how it works.
It's cheaper than a complete frozen meal, yes. Not when compared to buying the frozen stuff in parts, though. When I go shopping, I can choose between 1 pound of fresh chicken or a combo of 1 pound of frozen chicken nuggets, 1 pound of spaghetti and 2 pounds of french fries. Exception is only when the fresh stuff is on sale.
Agree with 7 and 46. I love cooking my own food but rarely do other than simple pasta dishes because fresh ingredients are so damned expensive. And you need all the little things that go with it if you want to make it properly. Certain herbs, vegetables, nuts, sauces/sauce ingredients, etc. Compared to frozen meals that I can get on offer for 2 for £3-5. And that's including pizzas.
You can't simply look at the cost of a single frozen meal vs the cost of a package of fresh food. You have to look at the price/ lb. If you start looking at the cost of your frozen food by the pound versus fresh food by the pound, you'll find that you've been way overpaying for your frozen food in terms of pounds. It costs more for for manufacturers to raise animals/ crops, slaughter or harvest them, (or buy the meat or vegetables) cook, portion, then package and freeze the food, than to simply slaughter or harvest the food and then package it. The reason pre-prepared food is cheaper is because you're getting less food with the purchase. If you buy 1 lb of frozen food and 1 lb of fresh food, you've probably paid more for the pound of frozen food vs fresh. Of course, I'm speaking in general terms. There are obviously exceptions, for example hot dogs and ramen noodles. I usually pay about $100 for my groceries, but they last me up to 2 months, because I buy fresh then freeze it. If I bought my food cooked and frozen it would probably only last me a month, if that.
Also yes if you shop for one meal it is more expensive. But if you buy 5lbs of ground beef for $8, a head of lettuce for a 50 cents, some pasta for less than a buck, and some tomato sauce for $1 for less than $10 you can make spaghetti w/meat sauce and a side salad, taco salads, sloppy joes another night and repeat one of those meals once... Only thing you need is a few spices which most people have laying around. or you buy once and they last at least 3-4 months but I guess since OP lives off frozen meals they may not actually have such. Buying fresh food is cheaper if you use more than one cookbook and find recipes that use similar ingredients is taco salads and spaghetti. totally different but similar base ingredients.
If you have acquired the taste of the better food you just can't go back to the cheaper stuff. So sorry but making an entire meal, using quality products would be much more than $3 to make. You don't just use a pound of chicken to make a meal, you need to use other items to give it flavor and with a side entree it'll run you a good amount of cash
61, No, the average person probably would only eat about 1/4 lb or 1/3 lb of chicken with a single meal, then save the rest for another meal. Then they'd eat rice or vegetables or pasta with it which would cost less than a dollar for a single meal portion. No matter how you cut it, frozen food generally costs more per pound than fresh. Go to the grocery store and look on the price tabs yourself. Next to the price of the product it shows you the price per pound/ ounce. Buying fresh food may cost more up front, but it saves you money in the long run.
-63 I work at a grocery store. Trust me you can get a frozen meal for so much cheaper than fresh stuff. Unless you eat tiny portions. Myself I eat fresher items because they are more healthy and have a better taste but if I want something really cheap, I can find a frozen dinner for about $2 for a meal
65, Well, I guess you must know about some really shitty frozen food brands that I don't, or be referring to those cardboard "banquet" meals. I've found that any frozen food that's actually edible is more expensive per pound than fresh food. I'm guessing that OP was buying decent frozen food, thus the savings when she started buying fresh and making the effort to cook.
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YDI for not listening, duhhh. //Sarcasm But seriously you can never win