Frugal Food - 18th August 2011

Chiara Cavaglieri
by Lovemoney Staff Chiara Cavaglieri on 18 August 2011  |  Comments 6 comments

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Food. We've got new and extended restaurant deals from Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Strada, Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Beefeater, Table Table, Yates and Prezzo. Plus there is a new and ongoing deal at La Tasca on Wednesdays and Sundays, you can save 50p on all Rude Health breakfasts at Waitrose and select Tesco stores, new customers get £10 off a £50 grocery shop online at Sainsbury's, get free Bulmers Cider and check out the new discount codes saving you 20% at Whittard and 10% at Thorntons and The Chocolate Trading Co!

Frugal Food - 18th August 2011

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Food. 

Best supermarket deals 

This week we’re going to kick off with the best buys at NETTO’s – grab two tins of Dutch Lady evaporated milk for 90p (usually 52p each), six-packs of Mr Kipling Apple Pies for only £1 and 400g blocks of Lake District cheddar cheese for £2. It’s also BOGOF on Nature’s Finest peach slices (only 45p), 2 for £4 on Red Bull twin packs, saving you 78p, 2 for 80p on Cream Crackers (usually 45p each), and this weekend only buy 1kg of Easy Cook Long Grain Rice for 69p (was £1.22)! 

My pick of the top deals at Sainsbury’s include 2 for £2.50 on bags of own-brand oranges (usually £2 each) and 2 for 1 on Taste the Difference sweet clementines (£3 each), £1 off 500g packs of Kellogg’s Bran Flakes (now 99p) and Butchers Choice sausages (8 per pack) which have 50% off at 99p. 

Other half-price deals include Taste the Difference Spicy Pork and Chianti Pappardelle, now £2, Sainsbury's Taw Valley Grated Extra Mature Cheddar (385g), now £1.94, Taste the Difference Gressingham Duck Fillets (approx 450g), now £5.62, Sainsbury’s beef roasting joints, now £4.99 per kg, and Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs, now 74p. 

Over at Tesco, British pork loin joints are reduced to only £3.99 per kg, Tesco Healthy Living skinless chicken breast fillets are half-price at £3 (for 515g) and you can also save 50% on smoked salmon slices, which are now only £6 for 300g. 

You can also grab multipacks of KP Skips (ten packets of crisps) on offer at £1.24 (was £2.49), it’s also two for £4 on 750g tubs of Cadbury Wispa, Flake and Crunchie ice-cream, saving you £2.98. And don’t forget there is still time to buy two Pizza Express 8” pizzas for £5, saving you £3, when you order before 23rd August. 

ASDA is selling three mixed peppers for £1, saving you 65p, two 300g broccolis for £1, saving you 74p, and 700g of Great Stuff apples for £1, saving you 27p. You can also buy a 1kg tub of Clover for just £2 (was £3.70), Dairylea Lunchables Ham and Cheese Crackers or Chicken and Cheese Crackers for £1 (was £1.31) and Muller Little Stars Fromage Frais (18 x 50g pots) for £2 (was £2.96). In the freezer section, Walls Magnum ice-cream packs (three per pack) have been reduced from £2.44 to £1.50 – choose from Almond, White and ClassicCoppenwrath and Wiese Apple Tarts are now half-price at £1 and ASDA Apple Strudel (600g) are £1, saving you 32p. 

The latest Super 6 at Aldi includes three-packs of garlic, avocados, 300g bags of radishes, twin-packs of little gem lettuces, 1kg of salad potatoes, 500g of beetroot – all for 39p each. Look out for price cuts on Shropshire Blue and Blue Stilton cheese, both reduced from £7.60 to £7.45 per kg, frozen marinated pork loin steaks, reduced from £1.79 to £1.49 and squeezy honey, reduced from £2.19 to £1.99. 

Finally, check out the 5 special offers this week from online gourmet butcher Westin Gourmet which includes 24% off British pork chops (now £1.09 per chop), 19% off Barbary duck legs (now £1.97 per leg) and 20% off Cumberland sausages, now £5.79 for a pack of 18. 


Sainsbury’s has come out on top for wine deals this week offering Turner Road Reserve Chardonnay and Merlot California for £4.99 until the end of August only (was £9.99 each) and both Terres De Galets Aoc Cotes Du Rhone and

Makutu Bay Sauvignon Blanc reduced from £10.99 to £5.49

reduced from £10.99 to £5.49. You can also buy Cordorniu Brut NV for £6.99, saving you £7 per bottle, Montpierre Reserve Fitou for £4.99, saving you £5, and Calvet Prestige Bordeaux Semillon Sauvignon for £5.39, saving you £5.40. 

The top ten offers at Majestic Wine include Rioja Crianza 2007 Viña Eguia and Valdivieso Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2010 for only £4.99 per bottle when you buy at least two, Prosecco Corte Alta NV for £6.99 per bottle (was £8.74) and Lindauer Brut NV for £6.99 per bottle (was £7.99). 

Best restaurant deals

As always, new and extended deals appear at the top of the table. For the section covering regular and ongoing deals, go to the bottom of the page. 



When valid

Need to know


Pizza Express


Save 40% on mains when you register here.


Every day except Saturdays and Bank Holidays until 5th September.  


Excludes Pizza Express Jazz Clubs, music rooms and pop-up restaurants. See voucher for other exclusions.



Pizza Hut



Get a new 11” regular thin Italian pizza or 9” regular pan pizza for £5 with free unlimited salad with this voucher.



All day, every day until 22nd August.


Excludes branches in Butlins, Thorpe Park, Channel Islands and Rep of Ireland.



Now get a free dessert when you sign up for the voucher.


Every dayuntil 31st August.

For first time registrations only.


Café Rouge


Get 2 for 1 mains with this voucher from


Sunday to Thursday until 28th August.    

Excludes Centre Parcs, Euston Station, airports and Greenwich O2 on event days.



Get 40% off pizza, pasta and risotto with this voucher.


Sunday to Friday until 21st August. 

Excludes Strada restaurants at Center Parcs, Royal Festival Hall, More London, Harpenden and Edinburgh.

Bella Italia


Get two pasta or pasta dishes for £10 with this voucher.


Sunday to Thursday until 28th August.  


Excludes Center Parcs restaurants.



Beefeater Grills



Two adults and two kids get one main and one dessert each for £19.99 with this voucher.



Monday to Friday until 31st August.


Available between 12 noon and 6.30pm.


Table Table



Two adults and two kids get one main and one dessert each for £19.99 with this voucher.



Monday to Friday until 31st August.


Available between 12 noon and 6.30pm.




Buy two mains for £12 with this voucher



Every day until 22nd August.  


Not valid on set menu or take-away sales.



Get a burger for £1 when you buy any other burger or main saland with this Capital FM voucher.


Every day until 29th August. 


Use this voucher and the charity Help a Capital Child receives at least a 20p donation. Excludes Resident Heroes and Create Your Own.




Buy two mains for £12 with this voucher.



Sunday to Thursday until 25th August.


This offer will not be valid at the Shrewsbury restaurant on 12th and 13th August.



Westfield Shopping Centre



Click on the kids eat free voucher here for free kids meals when you purchase an adult meal at various restaurants.


Every day until 4th September.

Present voucher on arrival for kids up to 12 only. Drinks not included.

Crown Carveries


Get free ice-cream with a main course when you sign up.


Monday to Saturdays until 30th September.    

One voucher per person, per day. Excludes Bank Hols.

Crown Carveries


Get a carvery meal for £2.99 when you sign up.


Monday to Saturday until 20th August.     

One voucher per person, per day. Excludes Bank Hols.



Slug and Lettuce




Get 25% off food when you login or sign up here


Tuesday to Friday, until 19th August.   


Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or at the O2 arena Slug during events.


La Tasca

BOGOF on 'tapas to share' menu when you register here and print the voucher.

Monday to Friday until 2nd September.  


Excludes La Tasca James Street, London, Cardiff, Windsor and Leeds.


Frankie & Benny’s


Buy a main and get a kid’s main for free with this voucher.



Every day until 31st August.  



Excludes bank holidays and Monday Madness 5pm to 11pm.




Get 2 for 1 on mains with this voucher.


All day, every day until 31st August.

Not valid with other offers, vouchers or set menu.





Get 2 for 1 on mains with this voucher.


All day, every day until 31st August.

Not valid with other offers, vouchers or set menu.

All Bar One

Get a main for £5 with this voucher.

All day, Sunday to Thursday until 31st August.

Valid for up to 6 people.  Choose from gammon and eggs, beef and coriander burger, crispy duck salad, falafel stack and asparagus risotto.


All Bar One

Get a glass of wine and nibbles with this voucher.

All day, Sunday to Thursday until 31st August.

You get a 125ml glass of Anna De Codorníu Rosé Cava and one of various nibbles including mixed olives and a duo of hummus. 


Toby Carvery



Enjoy a 2 for 1 breakfast when you sign up and download the voucher.


Up to 10am all week until Sunday 31st August.  

One voucher needed for two breakfasts. Excludes Bank Hols.


Toby Carvery



Purchase an adult carvery and get a kids carvery, dessert and drink for £5.49 when you sign up and download the voucher.


Monday to Saturday until 23rd September.   

Excludes Bank Hols.


The Real Greek


Meal Deal for 2 for only £20 from this menu.


Monday to Thursday until 1st September.   


Offer includes 7 dishes and two drinks (choice of house wine, bottle of Mythos or soft drink.




Save 25% on all food when you register here.


Every day until 28th August but may vary from one restaurant to another so check first.



Not valid on set menu or cichetti menu.

Brasserie Gerard


Buy one main and get another for £1 with this voucher.


Every day until 31st August. Excludes Bank Holidays.

From the a la carte menu only.


Miller & Carter



A free glass of Pimm’s when you purchase an adult main meal. Find your nearest bar and grill and sign-up to their newsletter.


Every day except bank/public holidays until 26th September 2011. 

Excludes starters, desserts, lunch menu, daytime fixed price menu and kids menu.


Loch Fyne



Get two courses for £9.95 with this voucher.


Sunday to Thursday from 5pm until 25th August. 

Offer not available in Covent Garden, Cairndow, Bath or Portsmouth.


Pizza Express


Pizza and Piccolo set menu for £10 when you register here.  


Every day until 4th September.   


You get a Leggera pizza, pasta or salad main course and a piccolo meal (worth £6.25) for £10. Excludes O2, Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, Pizza Express jazz clubs, music rooms and pop-up restaurants.





Get a free starter or dessert with any main course using this voucher.



Every day until 31st August.  


Entitles up to six people to a free starter or dessert.




Get 20% off your food bill with this voucher.



Sunday to Friday until 31st August.  


Valid at participating restaurants only.

All Bar One

Wine and dine for £15 when you register here and print the voucher.

All day, every day until 31st August.

Pick one of the selected wines and three plates from menu selection for £15.



Henry’s Café Bar



20% off your food bill with this voucher.



Offer valid all day everyday until 31st August.



Offer valid Mon to Fri and for up to a maximum of 4 people in Henry's Covent Garden and Piccadilly only.

Dim t


Get any noodle, soup noodle or salad dish for £1 when you buy a main meal with this voucher.



Sunday to Thursday (extended).

Available at the London Bridge / More London branch between 12 and 5pm only.


British Curry Club



Get 2 for 1 curries (buy one main get another for free) at over 1,000 Indian restaurants with packets of McCoys crisps.


Sunday to Thursday until 30th Nov.

Look for promo packs with a red banner across the top. Offer valid for dine-in or takeaway by collection, not delivery.

Cut-price snacks

New this week, save 50p on all Rude Health breakfasts at Waitrose and select Tesco stores – get your coupon when you fill in your details here. Or if you’re a tea and toast person in the morning, save 30p on a 500g tub of Utterly Butterly with this coupon, which you must use by 3rd September. 

And, for dog owners save £5 on a 12.5kg sack of Burgess Superdog Sensitive with this voucher (offer expires 30th November). 

Vouchers still going from last week: 

  • Get £1 off the products in the new chilled range of Sacla sauces and pestos with this Beforeishop coupon which is valid until 22nd August. Available in Selfridges, Waitrose and Ocado.
  • And, at Westfield Shopping Centre, London, download these vouchers for various food deals including 15% off at Burger King, a free doughnut and chiller with any doughnut or chiller purchase at Krispy Kreme, 20% off at GBK, 50% off at Buttercup Cake Shop and 30% off at Italian gelato shop Zaza. All offers valid until 4th September.

Voucher codes

First-time shoppers can save money online at Sainsbury’s Groceries using the new code KQQN-Y7FX-LG4F for £10 off when you spend £50, which expires 31st August. 

Over at Whittard  you can save 20% on all teas and coffees using the promo code AUG20 at the checkout before 2pm on 23rd August. 

There are two new chocolate codes this week too – first up get a free 350g box of Continental chocs (worth £10.00) when you spend £10 at Thorntons (add the box to your basket first and enter the code SR81 to get it for free). Also, at Myvouchercodes you can save 10% at The Chocolate Trading Company – use their code CHOCO10 (expires Sunday 21st August). 

And from last week, there is another exclusive code from Myvouchercodes will save you 10% at Hotel Chocolat – use the code MVCVCHR10 before Sunday 21st August and save 15% on any order at Moko Chocolates with the code AG15 which expires 1st September. 

Ongoing codes for groceries at Tesco save new customers £15 when they spend at least £50 – enter XXL4CR at the checkout (now extended to Sunday 31st August) but remember that certain items - including wine by the case, tobacco, infant milk formulae and prescription medicines - are not eligible for the discount. 

Enter the code herbal for 25% off tea orders at Birt and Tang, expires 21st August, and at Whittard you can still save 10% on your first order with the code AF10F

You can also get 2 for 1 pizzas at Pizza Hut with free delivery when you buy any side and enter the code VCPFREENZ. Or, get 25% off orders over £20 at using the code VCP7W4TRS and get £10 off orders over £25 using VCTENP7NX, both codes expire 21st August. 

Other pizza codes include 25% off when you spend £25 at Papa Johns with PJES25OFF, also for the weekends only (Friday to Sunday), buy an XL pizza and get a free side order with code AAPJWTPXS and if it’s your first order, you can save 33% with code AALDN33 offers snack packs delivered to your office or home and as with its rival you can get your first pack for free using the ongoing code peckish3

New Ocado shoppers can save £15 when they spend at least £75 and use the code VOU1146975, which is valid until 30th November. 

Voucher code promotions tend to be withdrawn quickly. You can use the following websites to track down new voucher codes as and when they come up: 

Foodie freebies

Check out the latest freebies for foodies!

  • Get a free bottle of Bulmers cider every day at participating Marston’s Taverns all over the UK. Register and then print off the voucher or if you’ve got a smartphone simply show them the code when you arrive.
  • In case you missed it, ‘Like’ the Tabasco Facebook page and click the free sample tab to the left and fill in your details for a free mini bottle (3.7ml) of the hot stuff within 30 days. 

Last week’s freebies still going strong: 

  • Get a free 80g packet of Angel Delight ice cream mix when you ‘Like’ the Angel Delight Facebook page and click the ‘Your Free Sample’ tab on the left. Fill in your details and allow for up to 28 days to receive your freebie.
  • In case you missed it, there are free Pukka tea samples available here.
  • ‘Like’ the Heinz Tomato Ketchup Facebook page and if you could be one of 25 fans who get a free Heinz Summer Sauces pack every day.
  • Like’ the Blue Diamond Almond Facebook page for a chance to win a free 120g bag of either the brand new Spicy BBQ, Wasabi,  Soy Sauce or original Roasted Salted. 

Plus…free recipes from celebrity chefs

Big fan of Jamie Oliver, Fay Ripley or Bill Granger? Head over to our sister site, where you can find heaps of free recipes from your favourite celebrity chefs.

This week on, see why it’s time for a retro food revival, discover the top five cheese recipes and read why it is worth falling for Italian heritage food.

Regular deals

This is where you’ll find the restaurant and retail deals that run on a permanent or ongoing basis.  



 When valid


Need to know


La Tasca

Get a starter, four tapas and unlimited patatas bravas for £10.95.

Wednesdays and Sundays.   


Excludes La Tasca James Street, Windsor and Leeds.



Café Giardino


BOGOF on Panini with this voucher.


Every day.

Cheapest Panini free.

Fire & Stone

Enjoy any pizza for £4 at the new Spitalfields restaurant.

Every Tuesday.

Only available at the new restaurant in Old Spitalfields Market.


Café Giardino


Become a Garden Club member for 10% off your total bill every visit. 


Print your confirmation email and bring in store to collect your Garden Club card.

Il Bertorelli

Get a free coffee with breakfast. 

Until noon only every day.


Get a free coffee with any breakfast item ordered.





Selected mains plus unlimited salad for £4.99 (Earlybird deal - in-restaurant offer)



Now every day from 12 to 10pm.


You can view the full Earlybird menu here.


YO! Sushi


Blue Mondays - only pay the blue plate price of £2.30




Every Monday.


Excludes miso, drinks, take-away or delivery. See participating restaurants here.








£5 burgers are back for Tuesdays.

Burgers cost only £5 after 5pm every Tuesday.

Eat-in only. Not available on quiz nights - check before you visit.


Get two courses for two people - plus a bottle of wine - for £29 when you register here and print the voucher.

Every Monday to Thursday, ongoing.


Choose your local Browns, fill in the registration page to become a ‘Friend of Browns’. Not available at Browns Mayfair.


Pizza Hut

£5 set price Happy Hour menu - in-restaurant offer.

Every Monday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm, ongoing.

Valid on certain dishes only - you can view all the menu options here.

The Slug and Lettuce


Get 50% off your food bill for Happy Monday.


All day on Mondays.

Excludes bank holidays and selected Mondays.

The Slug and Lettuce


Get £10 off your food bill when you register here and spend at least £20.



Stops being valid two weeks after you register.

Pizza Express

2 for 1 on main courses - plus a free starter - for Orange customers.

Wednesdays only, ongoing.

Text 'FILM' to 241 from any Orange phone on a Wednesday to get a 'text ticket'. Texts cost 35p each.

Show the text at Pizza Express to get a 2 for 1 on main courses, plus free dough balls or garlic bread. The text ticket is only valid on the Wednesday it’s generated.

Greene King

Get two free drinks when you choose your local pub, register, print the voucher and buy two main meals.

Every day, ongoing.



£5 meal for two (in-store offer)

£9 ‘Finest’ meal for two (in-store offer)

Every day, ongoing.

Get main courses and side dishes for two people for £5/£9

Valid on set options only.

Fire & Stone

Two pizzas for £10 when you register here and print the voucher.

Differs every day (see voucher), ongoing.

Valid on any two pizzas from the a la carte (standard) menu.

Fire & Stone

Get a set lunch for £5.75 when you register here and print the voucher.

Every Monday to Wednesday 12-5pm, ongoing.

Valid for a pizza or salad - plus a soft drink - from a set menu only.

Domino’s Pizza

2 for 1 on medium or large pizzas when you order on a Tuesday and quote the offer.

Tuesdays only, ongoing.

Valid on in-store, online and telephone orders when offer is quoted.

Valid on pizzas on the menu, and on ‘create your own’ pizzas with up to four toppings.

And finally…win a visit from the Hungry Grassy Van! 

Yes, that’s right the Hungry Grassy Van – to those who aren’t in the know this van is the vehicle of choice for food brand Innocent Drinks and it is going on tour from 9th to 23rd September bringing along free food using its new family recipe book. 

On this tour, if you are hosting a school fayre, jumble sale or even just a late summer BBQ in the following cities, London 9th to 11th Sept, Bristol 13th to 15th Sept, Manchester 17th to 19th Sept and Glasgow 21st to 23rd Sept, let Innocent know on Facebook and they could pop round for a visit! 

Every Friday, we round up the week's top food shopping bargains, supermarket vouchers and restaurant offers. If you register on, you can follow this blog and find new posts as soon as they are published, via your personal homepage. Never miss a frugal food bargain again - register now. 

Every effort is made to source voucher codes which are valid at the time this article is published. However, please be aware that cannot guarantee that every voucher will be valid or that it will not be withdrawn by the provider immediately.

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Comments (6)

  • eLJay
    Love rating 78
    eLJay said

    Still no Lidl!

    And they seem to do the better deals.

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  • caplge
    Love rating 2
    caplge said

    You can still get free nibbles posted to your home or work with the Graze 'feed your friends' offer. Go onto and use voucher code 47YXD9B to get your first box free and your next box half price. Normal price is £3.99 per box and they're delicious!!! Very easy to cancel online, even after getting just the one free box if you don't want to pay for any.

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  • Mike10613
    Love rating 632
    Mike10613 said

    Go to Lidl for cheap veggies, some beers, single malt whisky and bacon! Fresh chicken drumsticks are a little on the skinny side compared to Asda and so a higher proportion of bone and skin; but they are cheaper. Good for the barbecue!

    Go to Asda or Morrison's for corn flakes if you need gluten free, they are marked as containing gluten but are required to be marked by EU regs; they are deemed gluten free by Coeliac UK; check the website before eating them! I must get me some cornflakes...

    Some fruit has ripened early this year and can be bought cheaply; watch out for apples and pears. I have that many apples I'm giving them away. Blackberries are free to pick, but not near roads and someone advised not picking those below waist height; is that so they don't taste of dog pee?

    My Frugal blog for today is here -

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  • Talent
    Love rating 79
    Talent said

    If people need to read about frugal food, why would they be wasting money eating restaurant and takeaway food when everyone knows it is far cheaper to buy fresh and cook your own?? Better for the environment too.

    I'm not talking about those that can easily afford to eat out, why would they be frugal unless their name is Titus! ;-))

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  • Christopher Marry
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    Christopher Marry said

    I'm so happy after visiting this page where I found so many food deals. I want to salute you for the work you are doing here. We are saving our money with the help of you. You are doing great job keep it up. I would like to share another site with you which is doing same job by offering free online coupon codes. It is located here...

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  • jerrade
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    jerrade said

    I know retalmenot and list restaurant deals too.

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