Enjoy Affordable Comfort Food: How Frozen Meals Help You Save Money on Cooking Dinner

Frozen Meals Save Money: Tightening your belt doesn’t have to mean skimping on food, flavor, and quality.

There’s a surprisingly budget-friendly option for delicious, hearty and wholesome eating – premade frozen meals.

This is how buying frozen meals can keep your wallet and your tastebuds happy…  

Cost Comparison: Frozen Meals vs. Making Food at Home

You might be thinking, “But cooking from scratch is always cheaper, right?” Well, not necessarily, it depends on many factors such as – are you growing or buying your ingredients.

Sure, buying raw ingredients can seem inexpensive at first glance, but when you do the number-crunching and you factor in the cost of seasonings, oils, and other pantry staples needed for a home-cooked meal, the expenses add up quicker than you can say “dinner’s ready”.

Plus, there’s the potential for waste and spoilage if you don’t use all the ingredients before they go bad. Frozen meals come portioned and pre-seasoned, with no hidden costs or wasted ingredients. Sounds like a win-win-win!

Cost Comparison: Frozen Meals vs. Dining Out and Takeaways

We all love a fancy night out or a quick takeaway, but let’s face it – those bills can add up faster than you can say “Credit card, please.”

The average cost of dining out is significantly higher than enjoying a tasty frozen meal in the comfort of your own home. It’s easy to forget about those ‘hidden costs’ like overpriced drinks and tipping the waiter. And the car guard! 

And ordering in? Even if you order a special every day of the week, you’ll still not get the same value and quality as a real ready-made meal. Remember, the only thing that needs to get fatter here is your wallet.    

Tips and Advice for Maximizing Savings with Frozen Meals

Here are some savvy strategies to make the most of your money:

  • Buy in bulk and look for promotions:
    Keep an eye out for discounts and stock up on your favorites when prices are low. We don’t have stats on South African households, but according to a study by the American Frozen Food Institute, consumers can save up to 47% on their grocery bill by purchasing frozen meals in bulk during promotions.
  • Plan your meals wisely:
    Make a list of the frozen meals you want to try and plan your orders accordingly. This can help you avoid impulse buys and ensure you always have a tasty, budget-friendly option on hand. Research has shown that meal planning can reduce food costs by up to 23%. Now we’re talking savings on top of savings. 
  • Mix things up:

Cooking healthy meals from scratch is always a good idea. But then again, it’s tough to do it every day for every meal if you don’t have a personal chef to do the shopping and chopping.

By combining frozen meals with fresh ingredients you can still create delicious, wholesome, quality meals that won’t cost you an arm, leg or a finger.

Did you know that the average American household wastes around $1,866 worth of food each year? That’s like R35 000 a month depending on the exchange rate. By strategically using frozen meals and fresh produce together, you can cut down on food waste and save even more money.

It’s important to realise that pre-cooked frozen meals have come a long way since the cheap and nasty TV Dinner days. Only the best ingredients are sourced and all the good stuff is locked in thanks to the latest blast-freezing technologies – making frozen food not just more affordable, but also a tasty and nutritional option.

Frozen Meal Manufacturers are all about extracting value

As an established Frozen Meal Company, we at Delugo have established relationships with top providers. Buying in bulk and on an ongoing basis from vetted vendors, allows us to secure the best ingredients for the best price for our customers. Like that Nashua commercial used to say – saving you time, saving you money, putting you first.

At Delugo, we’re all about quality, value and bringing a smile to every meal 😉