Frugal Food - 23rd November 2012

Chiara Cavaglieri
by Lovemoney Staff Chiara Cavaglieri on 23 November 2012  |  Comments 1 comment

This week's highlights include loads of Christmas food and booze bargains, a roast dinner for four at M&S, free cocktails and chocolate and lots more.

Frugal Food - 23rd November 2012

Welcome to this week's Frugal Food. As ever, we start with the latest supermarket bargains.


This week’s Super 6 offer, ending 24th November, five-packs of lemons, 500g of plums, three-packs of peppers, 750g of sweet potatoes, six-packs of conference pears and 750g of red onions, all for only 69p each! And for Christmas buy Chocolate Bombes for £1.89, Luxury Panaforte for £2.99, Specially Selected Irish Cream for £5.99 and Christmas pud for £3.79.


Before the Christmas indulgence really begins, buy Asda New Potatoes for £1.15/kg (was £1.50/kg),  Royal Gala Apples for £1.65/kg (was £1.95/kg) and Conference Pears for £1.90/kg (was £2.25/kg). It’s also two for £1.50 on Chestnut Mushrooms (250g) and two for £2 on Baby Parsnips (250g).

You can also buy Yazoo Strawberry Flavour Milkshake (1L) for £1 (was £1.20), Asda Olive Spread (500g) and Light Sunflower Spread (500g) for £1 (was £1.39), Asda Grapefruit Segments in Fruit Juice No Added Sugar (540g) for 41p (was 48p), Chosen by You Lemon Curd for 50p (was 62p), Robertson's Golden Shred Marmalade for £1 (was £1.23), Daddies Brown Sauce (600g) for £1.57 (was £1.98) and Extra Special Rich Chicken Gravy (335g) for £1 (was £1.48).

Spend £40 or more on your Asda shop between 19th November 2012 and 9th December 2012, then go to the Asda Price Guarantee website and enter your receipt details before 31st December 2012 to get £5 off when you spend another £40. Various items excluded.

If you want to see what else you can save on, here are all the latest Asda offers.


Half-price this weekend, buy Manor Vale cheddar slices for 49p, a whopping 5kg of onions for 99p, 12-packs of Hula Hoops for £1.14 and 6-packs of Muller yoghurt for £1.79 – only available on Saturday and Sunday. You can also buy boneless pork leg joints for half-price at £2.99 and British beef roasting joints for £4.99/kg (was £7.99/kg).

Check the Lidl Special Offers page to see what discounts are in store before you set off.


This week at Marks & Spencer you get a roast for four for £10. Pick your main (a large whole chicken, gammon, pork leg, lamb shoulder, beef or pork loin joint) and three side dishes. See the full menu here. Offer ends Sunday 25th November.


Buy Christmas treats including chocolate gold coins, chocolate santas, Haribo Starmix and Nestle Smarties tubes, for £1. There's half-price cheese such as Seriously Strong Cheddar 350g for £2.46 and Boursin for £1.09 and cheap tins for your cupboard including Napolina Chopped/Plum Tomatoes four-packs for £2.44 (was £4.89), John West Red Salmon 213g for £1.99 (was £3.99), Fragata Pitted Black Olives 820g for £1.49 (was £2.99) and Branston Baked Beans & Sausages at two for £1.

If you want to see what else you can save on, here are all the latest Morrisons offers.


Warm up for a winter morning with Scott's Old Fashioned Porage Oats (1Kg) for £1.69 (was £1.89) and Aunt Jemima the Original Pancake & Waffle Mix for £3.59 (was £3.99),  make a nice pie with Jus Rol Frozen All Butter Puff Pastry Block (500g) for £1.33 (was £2) or Jus Rol Frozen All Butter Shortcrust Pastry Block (500g) for £1.73 (was £2.60), and if you’re making a hearty soup, shove in some Waitrose Love Life Pearl Barley (500g) for 49p and Waitrose Garlic Croutons (250g) for £1.49.

In the freezer, pick up these bargains: Waitrose Pea & Asparagus Risotto (1.2kg) for £3.93 (was £5.25), Birds Eye Fish Fusions Garlic & Herb (2 per pack - 300g) for £1.99 (was £2.99), Mackie's Traditional Luxury Dairy Ice Cream (1L) for £2 (was £2.97) and Nestle After Eight Ice Cream Dessert (750ml) for £1.68 (was £3.39).

If you want to see what else you can save on, here are all the latest Ocado offers.

First time Ocado shoppers can use VOU1304996 for £10 off first orders over £50 (expires 31st Dec). Or get £20 off an £80 spend with VOU9763838 (expires 31st August 2013) and £15 off a £75 spend with VOU0057129 (expires 31st Dec).  


Fancy a taste of the finer things in life? Sainsbury's Asparagus Spears (350g) are now £2 (was £3), Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Vintage Reserve English Cheddar (250g) is also £2 (was £2.89), Taste the Difference Honey Roast Wiltshire Cured Ham Slices (4 per pack is £1.44 (was £2.89) and Sainsbury's Large Sharon Fruit (3) packs are £1 (was £2).

And for Christmas Bernard Matthews Golden Norfolk Small Basted Whole Turkey Serves 6-8 (approx 3.4Kg) is £13 (was £16), while Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Free Range Small Whole Turkey (approx 3.9Kg) is £15 (was £18), Sainsbury's Rich Un-Iced Fruit Cakes (1kg) are £4 (was £5) and Terry's Chocolate Orange Segsations (330g) are £2 (was £4.39).

If you want to see what else you can save on, here are all the latest Sainsbury's offers.

Spend £60 or more in-store or online by 27th November and receive a coupon for 10p off per litre of fuel, valid for 14 days.

Get £12 off a first shop at Sainsburys over £60 with code VVTC-3FTC-3PJN, expires Friday 23rd November. Or get £15 off first orders over £75 with MVC code 39DH-C464-664G, expires 25th November.  


For Christmas at Tesco it’s two for £7 on Tesco Finest Traditionally Made Pork Sausages (10 per pack) (was £4 each) and three for two on Tesco Finest Onion & Shallot Gravy (345g) (was £1.48 each), you can also buy a big Tesco Finest Christmas Pudding with Couvoisier VS Cognac (907g) for £4.95 (was £7.50), Nestle Quality Street Matchmakers for £1 (was £2.24), Tesco Classic Christmas Pudding (1.2Kg) for £5 (was £6), Robertson's Classic Mincemeat (411g) for £1 (was £1.39), Carr's Selection (200g) for £1.50 (was £2.49).

If you want to see what else you can save on, here are all the latest Tesco offers.

Spend £20 on groceries by this Sunday 25th November and they will give you £5 off your next £40 shop (to redeem by Sunday 2nd December).


For handy fridge fillers, Country Life British Spreadable (500g) is £1.78 (was £2.68), Fresh Guernsey Salted Butter (250g) is £1.19 (was £1.59), Clawson Paneer Cheese (227g) is £1.15 (was £1.54) and Essential Waitrose Italian Mascarpone (500g) is £2.63 (was £3.29).

And for the freezer, Birds Eye Crispy Chicken Dippers (24 per pack) are £1.98 (was £2.98), Essential Waitrose Chopped Spinach (1Kg) is £1.49 (was £1.59), Waitrose Pea & Asparagus Risotto (1.2Kg) and Waitrose King Prawn & Chicken Paella (1.2Kg) are £4.49 (was £5.99), The Big Prawn Co. Big & Juicy Delicious Clam packs (500g) are £2.63 (was £3.29) and Huckleberry's Toffee Honeycomb Twist (500ml) is £2 (was £3).

If you want to see what else you can save on, here are all the latest Waitrose offers

Members of the myWaitrose reward scheme can spend £50 at Waitrose online or in-store on 4 different days up until 9th December to get £25 worth of vouchers to spend next year in January.

Voucher codes and coupons

Before you hit the supermarkets, check for any money-saving coupons:

Or if you’re shopping online, cut costs with these codes:

  • Get £4 off orders over £40 at Chocolate Trading Co with code 40choc, expires 31st January 2013.
  • At Hotel Chocolat save 10% on a £40 with MVC code MVCWINTER10, expires 23rd December.
  • At Thorntons get a free Premium Collection box of chocs worth £9.99 when you spend over £40 at and use code VCCT (expires 31st December) via
  • Save 10% on all orders over £15 at Twinings when you use the voucher code AFF01009 (expires 30th November).
  • Save £5 when you spend £20 Whittard of Chelsea using the code GIFTSHOP at the checkout, ends 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:

Cheap tipples

On special offer at Aldi, look out for 24 Year Old Single Malt Whisky for £29.99, El Dorado 15 Year Old Rum for £35.99, Vintage Brandy 1973 Fine Bordeaux for £24.99 and Grand Cru Champagne for £22.99 – all a bit special and ideal for boozy Christmas presents. 

Marks & Spencer is also a good shout for decent plonk, with up to 50% off selected wine cases, half-price cases of champagne (working out to £15 per bottle) and 15% off when you buy two Christmas wine cases.

In store at Morrisons buy any 6 bottles of wine (including those on offer) and save 25% or go online to Morrisonscellar you can save 25% on any case with the code CASE25 before Sunday 25th November.

New customers save £10 when they spend £50 at Tesco Wine with the ongoing code XXMML4. And, if you’re using up your Clubcard vouchers, you can turn every £5 of vouchers into £10 of tokens to spend on Tesco Finest wines and Champagnes. 

Best new restaurant deals and discounts

As always, new and extended deals appear at the top of the table.



When Valid

Need to Know


Free scampi and chips when you buy a drink. 

Every day until 30th Nov.        

Sign up for the newsletter here and print off the voucher.

Pizza Express


Buy one main, get another for £2.50.


Monday to Thursday until 6th Dec.  

Fill in your details here to get your code and check restaurant exclusions.


30% off pizza and pasta.             

Sunday to Friday until 6th Dec (days may vary per restaurant).

Get your voucher from here.


25% off your food bill.            

Until 6th Dec (days may vary per restaurant).

Get your voucher here.

The Slug and Lettuce

Save 25% on your food bill. 

Tuesday to Friday until 30th Nov.  

Register for a voucher here.

Table Table

2 for 1 mains.

Monday to Thursday until 29th Nov.

Use this voucher.

All Bar One

Dine with wine for £15. 

Monday to Thursday until 19th Dec.    

Sign up and they’ll send you a voucher.


Buy one main, get another for £2.  And save 25% on Prosecco bottles.

Sunday to Friday until 26th Nov.       

Fill in your details here for a voucher

Pizza Hut

Free garlic bread when you buy large pizza.

Every day until 2nd Dec.   

Fill in your details for a printable voucher.


Save 20% on your food bill. 

Sunday to Thursday until 25th Nov.        

Visit their website here and select your restaurant for details.


25% off food.  

Sunday to Thursday (check your chosen restaurant) until 2nd Dec.  

Fill in your details here to get your unique code. Various restaurants and days excluded.

Toby Carvery

Two carveries for £10.   

Monday to Saturday until 24th Nov. 

 Get your voucher here.

Bella Italia

Buy one main, get another for £2.50.

Sunday to Thursday until 25th Nov.       

Download your voucher. Check terms for excluded restaurants.

Frankie & Benny’s

Get £10 off when you buy two mains.

Until 30th Nov. Excludes Mondays after 5pm.

Use this voucher.

Dim t


2 for 1 on mains.


Throughout Nov – see restaurant for exclusions.

Sign up to print off your voucher.  

Cafe Rouge

Buy one main, get another for £2.50.   

Sunday to Thursday until 25th Nov.        



Café Giardino


2for1 on Hot Meals.  


Every day until 30th Nov.

Sign up for a voucher.





Get 2 for 1 on mains.


Every day until 30th Nov.   

Not valid with other offers, vouchers or set menu. Sign up to get your voucher.



Get 2 for 1 on mains.


Every day until 30th Nov.   

Not valid with other offers, vouchers or set menu. Sign up to get your voucher.


20% off total bill.      

Sunday to Thursday until 25th Nov.  

Visit their website here and select your restaurant for details.


Burger and small skinny fries for £7.95.      

Sunday to Thursday until 25th Nov.       

Use this voucher. Excludes Resident Heroes, Create Your Own and Special of the Month.

The Real Greek

Two people dine for £20, including drinks!

Sunday to Thursday until 29th Nov. 

Download the voucher.




BOGOF on hot meals.

Every day until 31st Dec.

Use this voucher. Excludes toasted sandwiches and hot desserts.

Regular restaurant deals and discounts

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



 When valid


Need to know


All Bar One 

Discounted cocktails

From 5pm everyday from Sunday to either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday

Days depend on individual branches – check your local branch. 

Brasserie Blanc

£10 gift voucher when you sign up to receive news and offers from Brasserie Blanc.


Register here and receive a voucher. It can be spent on anything at Brasserie Blanc or the Maman Blanc shop.


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.

Cafe Rouge

Menu Du Soir: Two courses for £10.50.

Sunday–Thursday after 5pm

Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

Coal Grill and Bar


Sign up to the newsletter here for £10 off your bill.



Sign up here. 

Fire & Stone

Two pizzas for £12.

Available all day Sunday to Wednesday, from 12-4pm and after 8.30pm on Thursdays and from 12-4pm and after 9.30pm on Friday & Saturdays.

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

Fire & Stone

Get a set lunch for £6.95.

Every Monday to Friday 12-4pm, ongoing

Must be booked in advance by booking online or calling and quoting "£6.95 Lunch Menu". Valid for a pizza or salad - plus a soft drink - from a set menu only.


The Monday Wine Club gives you the chance to save money by bringing your own wine to this high class steak restaurant for only a £5 corkage fee.


Described as serving the ‘best steak in London’ this is a chance to come and eat here without having to pay for wine. Just turn up with a bottle.

Loch Fyne

Free £10 voucher when you sign up.      


Register here

Pizza Express

Three courses for £12.95 weekend special

Available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, ongoing

Find information on the offer here. Restaurant and date exclusions apply so check your local branch.

Pizza Express

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

Wednesdays only, ongoing

Must be an Orange customer – view offer here.

Pizza Hut

£6 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.


Lunch menu: Main course and soft drink only £7.95.

Monday to Friday

Selected restaurants only – check your local Prezzo.


Lunch menu from £6.95

Monday to Friday 12–5pm

Check individual restaurants for participation and prices.


Table Table



Free breakfast for two kids (aged 15 or under) with an adult breakfast costing £8.25. 


Ongoing on weekdays 6.30am -10:30am and weekends 7.00am-11.00am



No need for a voucher.

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 25% your food bill when you register here and spend at least £20.




Toby Carvery

All you can eat breakfast for £3.99.   

Until 10.30am Monday to Sunday


YO! Sushi

Blue Mondays - only pay the blue plate price of £2.40.

Every Monday

Excludes miso, drinks, takeaway or delivery. See participating restaurants here.

 Takeaway discount codes, coupons and cards

Before you go out for the junk food hit check for any money-saving coupons or codes:

  • Brighten up the daily commute by applying for a free Bitecard which gives you 20% off food and drink outlets at railway stations across the UK.
  • Ongoing offers at Papa John's including 33% off your first online order (code AALDN33) and two free sides when you buy an XXL pizza (code AAPJFESXXL).
  • This week at Pizza Hut Delivery save £5 on a £20 spend with AFD5PTWBX and save £10 on a £30 spend with AFDVCULBS (expire 20th January 2013). See here for other codes.
  • Earn free sub sandwiches with the Sub Card at Subway!


Check out the latest top freebies:

  • Revolution Bars are feeling generous this Christmas with free cocktails. Get a voucher on Facebook to use at your nearest bar between 5-9pm. Expires 30th November 2012.
  • Courtesy of and Thorntons, you get a free milk chocolate Santa Lolly or Continental Viennese bar via Facebook. Just like the page and claim your voucher before 25th November 2012.
  • Grab a free Protopure Protein bar at any Holland and Barrett store (scroll to page 29 of this e-edition of the Metro newspaper and download the voucher) but only until 24th November 2012.
  • Start the day with a free bowl of heartwarming porridge – claim a free sample of Grasshopper Porridge from Fine Foodies.


And here are this week's competitions:

Free recipes from celebrity chefs

Big fan of Jamie Oliver, the Hairy Bikers, Lorraine Pascale or James Martin? Head over to our sister site where you can find loads of free recipes from your favourite celebrity chefs.

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 (1)

  • jhwihfwl
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    jhwihfwl said

    Can I still use the address Gmail account to get £15 off every Ocado shop or have they put a stop to it. It was posted on here in 2010. thanks

    (that is change the Gmail every time I do an order to bypass the filter)

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