Claims this article which suggests that low income families in particular are turning to ready meals. In fact spending on chilled ready meals is up 25-30% amongst working class groups. I can’t really say I’m surprised. With prices of basic food getting higher it is becoming more costly to do a weekly shop and I have been looking at various money saving measures. We choose to cook all of our meals from fresh and I can honestly say I can’t remember when I last ate a ready meal but the prices are certainly attractive for those on a low budget.