Keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with some basic core ingredients such as onions, carrots, potatoes, canned tomatoes and sauces, pasta, rice, fresh vegetables, meat and poultry. These are the core ingredients to prepare a well balanced and economical meal.
Now, I am not saying never to rely on pre-packaged meals. In a pinch they a welcomed alternative to preparing a meal. When you do decide to fill your freezer with ready-made options -- be watchful for sales and clip coupons to offset the price for convenience.