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, often I find these name-brand expensive little frozen dinners in the freezer. It would take about ten of them to fill me up. Those seem quite cost ineffective also.
Yes, this kind of processed food is a big waste of money. I find it more cost-efefctive to cook big post of things on the weekends and freeze it for later.

In my freezer at the moment I have: several quarts of home-made chicken stock; 3-4 meals worth of home-made potstickers; several home-made enchiladas; several single servings of a Vietnamese tofu curry; several servings of pumpkin soup; several servings of a south Indian chicken curry; and a whole bunch of other stuff. Point being I can slam on the rice cooker in the AM, pull out one of those, and arrive home to a meal that I can put together in 10 minutes with some kind of salad or fresh vegetable on the side. Whenever I make food, I make a lot and plan to freeze it for later. I don;'t think I've ever bought a ready-made frozen dinner. And pizza is easy/fast to make from scratch too - that's another fun thing to make that you don't need to buy frozen.
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