Frugal Food - 30th November 2012

Chiara Cavaglieri
by Lovemoney Staff Chiara Cavaglieri on 30 November 2012  |  Comments 0 comments

This week's highlights include fruit and veg at Aldi for 49p, loads of Christmas food and booze discounts, Dine In For £10 at M&S, free Iceland party food and more.

Frugal Food - 30th November 2012

Welcome to this week's Frugal Food. As usual, we kick off with the latest supermarket offers.


This week’s Super 6 offer, ending 8th December, features cucumbers, celery, three-packs of courgettes, six-packs of tomatoes, 1kg of onions and 350g of broccoli, all for only 49p each!


Christmas offers at Asda include Butcher's Selection Smoked Gammon Steak (250g) for £1.50 (was £1.98), 2 for £7 on Chosen by You Ready to Roast Turkey Breast Joint (465g) (usually £4 each), 2 for £4 on Extra Special Goose Fat (220g) (usually £2.20 each) and Extra Special Cranberry Sauce (240g) for £1 (was £1.38).

You can also save on Asda’s Chosen by You Ginger Nuts (300g), now 50p (was 65p), New Covent Garden Food Co. Spring Vegetable Minestrone (600g) for £1 (was £1.50), Honey Monster Foods Sugar Puffs (450g) for £1.50 (was £2.48), Uncle Ben's Express Savoury Chicken Rice (250g) for £1 (was £1.59), Harvest Cheweee Milk Choc Chip Cereal Bars (9 bars) for £1 (was £1.68) and Dress Italian Pesto for £1 (was £1.48).

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

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


Half-price this weekend, buy 500g of Moordale pork BBQ ribs for (£1.49), 500g of Oaklands British parsnips for 44p, 225g bags of Doritos Tangy Cheese for 99p and various El Tequito dips for 39p.

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

Buy the Daily Telegraph this weekend (Sat, Sun, or Mon) and get a voucher for £5 off a £35 spend (valid until Mon 3rd December only).


Two can Dine in For £10 at Marks & Spencer this weekend with mains such as Whole Oakham Chicken, The Cook Menu Haddock Gratin, Gastropub Moussaka, Mediterranean Herb Pork Belly and Cook Goats Cheese en Croute. See the full menu here. Ends Tuesday 4th December.


For only £1 buy these Market Street bargains: five-packs of Braeburn apples, giant pineapples, three-packs of courgettes, 500g plum punnets, 1.5kg of carrots and 1.5kg of brown onions. You also save 50% on rump steaks (now £7/kg) and a third on boneless cod fillets (now £7.32/kg).

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


Lots of fruit and veg deals this week including Ocado New Potatoes (2kg) for £1 (was £1.75), Albert Bartlett Russet Potatoes (1.75kg) for £1.50 (was £1.79), Ocado Organic Carrots (1Kg) for £1 (was £1.85), Essential Waitrose Broccoli (375g) for 93p (was £1.39), Waitrose Seedless Clementines (650g) for £1.86 (was £2.49), Ocado Sweet Vine Tomatoes (450g) for £2.09 (was £2.79) and Waitrose Parsnips (500g) for 54p (was £1.09).  

And don’t forget the ongoing offers such as 2 for £5 on Ocado Chicken Thighs (800g) (or £3.20 each), 2 for £2 on Ocado British Smoked Streaky Bacon (200g) (or £1.50 each) and 2 for £5 on Waitrose Premium Pork Sausagemeat Stuffing (450g) (or £2.79 each).

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).  


Grab selected tins of Celebrations, Roses and Quality Street for £3.99 (was £5) at Sainsbury’s, perfect for stuffing your face at Christmas – there’s a maximum of 6 tins per customer and the offer ends 4th December. You can also buy Fox's Christmas Pudding (454g) for £2.50 (was £5), Maina Il Gran Panettone (100g) for £1 (was £1.99) and Sainsbury's Iced Rich Fruit Cake (450g) for £1.50 (was £2.35).

And, look out for Mornflake Oatbran Flakes (500g) for £1 (was £2.08), Pure Dairy Free Spread with Sunflower (500g) for £1 (was £1.60) Sainsbury's Macaroni Cheese (800g) for £2 (was £4), Sainsbury's Blueberries (200g) for £2 (was £4) and Sainsbury's Clementines (6) for £1 (was £2.14) – or buy Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Sweet Clementines (6) for £1.50 (was £2.99).

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

Get £12 off a first shop at Sainsbury’s over £60 with code VTJL-JGX3-NFMN, expires 9th December.  


Ideal presents for sharing with work mates, this Tesco Mini Gingerbread Men Tin (80g) is now £3 (was £6) and Tesco Christmas Fairy Cakes (6) are £1 (was £1.50), or you can treat them to something a bit different such as Tesco Finest Stollen Bites (10) for £3 (was £3.75) and Tesco Puff Pastry Mince Pies (4) for £1 (was £1.50).

Tesco has cut the price on lots of sausages this week too with Tesco Finest British Pork Jumbo Sausage Selection (8 per pack - 700g) for £2.50 (was £5), Tesco Cocktail Sausages with Barbeque Glaze (412g) for £1.50 (was £3) and Riverway Foods Cumberland Sausages (12 per pack) for £2.50 (was £5).

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

New customers get £10 off their first grocery order over £50 with code XXAFFT.


Get your greens in this weekend with 3 for 2 Waitrose Trimmed Leeks (400g) (or £1.99 each), Waitrose Organic Green Beans (250g) for £1.40 (was £1.75), Essential Waitrose Curly Lettuce for 67p (was 90p), 2.for £1.50 on Waitrose Organic Salad Onions (was 90p each) and Fenland Organics Celery for £1 (was £1.59).

If you buy two Waitrose Very Strong Canadian Flour for Bread & Pasta Making (1.5kg) you save 70p (or £1.69 each), it’s also 2 for £3 on Quaker Oats (1kg) (or £1.99 each), various bags of De Cecco Pasta (500g) are £1.12 (was £1.69) and both Kellogg's Corn Flakes (750g) and Kellogg's Frosties (750g) have been reduced to £2 (was £2.69).

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

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

Westin Gourmet

Consider buying your meat from online gourmet butcher Westin Gourmet. Right now special offers include 17% off 2.27kg of smoked back bacon (now £12.32) and 19% off 100% sliced ham (now £4.16 for 450g pack). These offers expire on Monday.

Voucher codes and coupons

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

  • Like Greek Gods Yogurt on Facebook to print a voucher saving you £2 on a 680g tub of Greek Gods yogurt at Sainsbury’s. Expires 30th December 2012.
  • Buy a Scratch meal at your nearest Sainsbury’s and save £1 with this discount voucher. Expires 8th March 2013.
  • The Metro newspaper has a coupon saving you 50p on a John Crabbie Ginger Beer (scroll to page 24, download and print the voucher). Expires 12th December 2012.
  • Or for a bit more festive cheer, use this voucher for 50p off a 750ml or 4 x 440ml pack of Merrydown Cider at Morrisons. Expires 31st December 2012.
  • Save 30p on Kingsmill Oatilicious for a hearty start to the day with this voucher. Expires 30th December 2012.
  • If you always leave your crusts try Kingsmill’s Crusts Away and save 20p with this voucher which expires 1st March 2013.
  • Knock 30p off any Old El Paso accompaniment – redeem the voucher at your nearest supermarket.

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.
  • Check the Daily Deal at Thorntons today and remember you 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).
  • Spend £40 at Whittard of Chelsea and you get a Classic Tea Selection Gift Set worth £15 for free (enter the code STAR at the checkout).

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

Stock up on booze at Asda this weekend – you’ll find something to suit everybody this Christmas whether it’s Tetley's Original Bitter (4x440ml) for £2.48 (£3.15), John Smith's Extra Smooth (4x440ml) for £3 (was £3.50), Ruddles County English Ale (4x500ml) for £4.49 (was £4.99), VK Vodka Kick Mixed Pack (12x275ml) for £9 (was £10.97), or Cockburn's Special Reserve Port for £9 (was £10.97).

You can also save a third on Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano Doc (750ml) now £7.32 (was £10.99) and look out for Champagne Brut for only £9.99 (RRP £12.99) at Aldi and Champagne Hubert Marie for £10 at Morrisons, which is only at this price until Sunday 2nd December so get yours now.

You also get 25% off when you buy 6 bottles of wine at Tesco. And, if you’re shopping by the case, you can save 25% at Tesco Wine until 4th December. New customers can also save £10 when they spend £50 with the ongoing code XXMML4. 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 restaurant deals

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



When Valid

Need to Know

Cafe Rouge

20% off your total bill.    

Sunday to Thursday until 9th Dec.         

Get your voucher here.


Save 20% on your food bill. 

Sunday to Thursday until 9th Dec.        

Visit their website here and select your restaurant for details.

Bella Italia

Buy one main, get another for £2.50.

Sunday to Thursday until 9th Dec.       

Download your voucher. Check terms for excluded restaurants.


Save 25% on your food bill.  

Sunday to Friday until 10th Dec.        

Fill in your details here for a voucher.

La Tasca

Loyalty card members get free mulled sangria and 20% off food.    

Every day in December.   

Pick up a card in-store.   




Get £10 off when you buy two mains.



Every day until 31st January 2013.       

Valid at participating restaurants only. Sign up here.



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.


Buy one main course, get another for £2.      

Fridays to Sundays 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

50% off your food bill

Every day until 30th 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.

Pizza Hut

Free garlic bread when you buy large pizza.

Every day until 2nd Dec.   

Fill in your details for a printable voucher.


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.

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.  


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.




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 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.
  • Sign up to become a Friend of Krispy Kreme before 2nd December and you’ll be given a voucher entitling you to a free dozen of Original Glazed doughnuts when you buy any assorted dozen.
  • 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).
  • Get 50% off orders over £40 at Pizza Hut Delivery with code AFD4PCDVK (expires 16th December), or save £5 on a £20 spend with AFD5PTWBX and £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!

Freebies and comps

Check out the latest top freebies:

  • The Sun and Iceland have teamed up to give away free party food, but only until tomorrow 1st December – check to see what the last two vouchers are for and head to your nearest Iceland store to collect. Each voucher is valid in Iceland stores on the day it was printed.
  • Over on Facebook you can claim a free sachet of Love Thai (expires 10th December 2012).
  • Win a free box of Belvita Breakfast Biscuits when you play a game on their Facebook page. Expires 10th December 2012.
  • Every Friday between 8am and 8pm Chicken Tonight is giving away free jars as well as vouchers for £1 and 50p off (expires 14th December 2012).
  • Like Lovetub on Facebook and click the “Grab a Lovetub” tab for a free pudding, or at the very least 30p/50p off vouchers. Expires 17th December 2012.
  • Taylors Coffee also have a big comp giveaway – this time you could win a pack of their 227g Christmas Blend Coffee and a Taylors Cafetière. Expires 17th December 2012.
  • Get a free Castello hamper filled to the brim with Castello goodies. There are 25 hampers on offer so enter your details before the comp closes on 19th December 2012.
  • Get one of 50 free Malay Taste meal kits when you tell them your favourite Malaysian dish on Facebook.
  • Play the Hunt & Devour game on Krave’s Facebook page to win 1 of 160 crates containing 6 boxes of Krave White Chocolate Brownie. Expires 1st April 2013.
  • Over on our sister site, you can win two stunning chefs' knives and a chopping board worth £199, a Cuisinart bread maker worth £150 and two tickets to FEAST in London.

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 heaps of free recipes from your favourite celebrity chefs.

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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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