Frugal Food - 14th December 2012

Chiara Cavaglieri
by Lovemoney Staff Chiara Cavaglieri on 14 December 2012  |  Comments 0 comments

This week's highlights include plenty of party food and meat offers, Dine In For £10 at M&S, deals on festive fizz, free seasoning and much more.

Frugal Food - 14th December 2012

Welcome to this week's Frugal Food. As always, let's start off with the latest supermarket offers.


This week’s Super 6 offer, features 500g of sprouts, 1kg of carrots and 500g of parsnips, all for only 39p, and still a bargain at 69p each, you can buy 600g of clementines/satsumas, 1.5kg of Maris Piper potatoes and five-packs of lemons. Offers end 29th December.


Various beef cuts are on offer at the moment including Butcher's Selection Beef Medallion Steaks (526g), now £5 (was £6) and Beef Roasting Joints, now £5/kg (was £6/kg), or buy Butcher's Selection Smoked Gammon Steak Thick Cut (250g) for £1.50 (was £1.98).

For snacks, you can buy Pot Noodle Chicken & Mushroom Flavour (4x90g) for £3 (was £3.85), KP Nik Naks - Nice N' Spicy (6x25g) and KP Salt & Vinegar Discos (6x28g) for £1 (was £1.88), Ritz the Original Snack Cracker (200g) at two for £1.50.

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


Half-price this weekend, 1kg of fresh clementines (now 84p), smoked Black Forest ham (now 99p), Fin Carre chocolate (now 19p) and Options hot chocolate (now £1.59), only available this Saturday and Sunday. Other deals include 10% off smoked 200g packs of Scottish salmon (now £2.49) and 10% off 700g packs of pork loin chops (now £3.29), 1kg of baby potatoes for 79p and 500g of British parsnips for 50p.

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


This weekend at Marks & Spencer it’s the Dine in for Two for £10. Pick a main, side and dessert and bottle of wine. Includes rump steak, ready to roast glazed gammon and whole Oakham chicken. See the full menu here. Ends Monday 17th December.


Don’t miss the two for £4 special on party food (including tempura prawns and brie/cranberry parcels). There’s also better than half-price whole Scottish salmon, now £4.69/kg (was £9.99), you can buy two whole sea bass for £4 (was £8), British pork ribs are now £3/kg (was £5) and a British turkey crown for £7.99/kg (was £8.80).

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


If you missed out on an advent calendar, these Mars and Marvel Heroes calendars are now only £1 (was £3.22). You can also buy The Cheese House West Country Mature Cheddar (250g) for £1.66 (was £2.50), Ocado Red Leicester (400g) for £2.02 (was £2.70), Dalehead British Free Range Chipolatas & Mini Burger Pack (12 per pack) for £3.24 (was £4.05), Olivio Vegetable & Olive Oil Blend (1L) for £2.12 (was £3.19) and Young's Battered Calamari (250g) for £2 (was £3).

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).  


Top up on condiments this weekend with Sainsbury's American Style Mustard (325g) for 59p (was £1.19), Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise (800g) for £1.59 (was £3.19), and Haywards Sweet Onions Crisp & Mild (454g) for £1 (was £1.90).

And for your mains, Sainsbury's Chicken Thighs & Drumsticks (660g) are half-price at £1.50 (was £3), Sainsbury's Traditionally Reared British Whole Lamb Legs are £5.49/kg (was £10.99), Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cooked & Peeled Jumbo King Prawns (225g) and frozen Young's Scampi (220g) are £2.50 (was £5) and Montorsi Negroni 12 Month Parma Ham (70g) is reduced to £1.99 (was £3.99).

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

Get £10 off a £60 spend via, expires 6th January 2013.   


Perfect for parties, buy Tesco Indian Selection (18 per pack) and Tesco Sweet & Sticky Barbeque Ribs (340g), Tesco Finest Bacon, Gruyere & Onion Quiche (400g) and Tesco Breaded Chicken Sticks & Pops (330g) for £3 each or two for £5.

Or, keep it healthy with Tesco Jaffa Clementines (650g) for £1.20 (was £2.40), Tesco Organic Carrots (800g) for £1 (was £1.30), Tesco Salad Tomatoes (1kg) for £1.50 (was £2), Tesco Brussel Sprouts (500g) for £1 (was £1.50), Tesco Winter Vegetables (480g) for £1 (was £1.50) and Tesco Chestnuts Prepack (378g) for £2 (was £3).

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

Get 5p off per litre of fuel when you spend £50 on groceries in store or online, before 16th December (use the voucher before 30th December). New customers get £10 off their first grocery order over £50 with code XXAFFT.


Handy for big families, buy Heinz Classic Cream of Tomato Soup (800g) for £1 (was £1.60) and fill the rest of your store cupboards with Essential Waitrose Coconut Cream (160ml) which is only 48p (was 99p), Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules (300g) for £1.16 (was £1.75), Heinz Tomato Ketchup (1.35kg) for £3 (was £3.25), Baxters Beetroot Crinkle Cut in Sweet Vinegar (340g) for 80p (was £1.08), Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tin (1L) for £3.99 (was £6.49) and various Mammy Jamia's Preserves (340g) for £1.59 (was £2.39) – includes pear, fig and apple!

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

Westin Gourmet

Consider buying your meat from online gourmet butcher Westin Gourmet. Right now special offers include 16% off boneless pork loin (now 2.5kg joints for £15.70) and 15% off New Zealand lamb shanks (now £29.45 for six 250g shanks).

These offers expire on Monday.

Voucher codes and coupons

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

  • Save 50p on Maille Hollandaise sauce 200g via The Metro online newspaper (scroll to page 57). Use the voucher at Waitrose before it expires 21st December 2012.
  • Use this voucher for 50p off a pack of Hipp Organic Mini Pots, expires 13th January 2013.
  • And, in case you missed it, 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.

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.
  • Knock 10% off orders at Moko Chocolates with code XMAS10, expires 1st January 2013.
  • You get a free Premium Collection box of chocs worth £9.99 when you spend over £40 at Thorntons 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).
  • Now you can save up to 50% on Christmas gifts and use code TREE for free delivery when you spend £15 at Whittard of Chelsea (ends 20th Dec). And use ongoing code GIFTSHOP for £5 off orders over £20, or £10 off orders over £40, expires 29th December.

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

More booze bargains at Morrisons this week with a third off various wines including Gavi Nostro Meglio (now £5.99), Fleur Du Cap Chenin Blanc (now £6.59), Campo Viejo Rioja (now £4.99) and Piccini Chianti (now £5.29). Plus buy various boxes of beer and cider for £7 each (includes Guinness Draught 8-packs, Stella Artois 12-packs, San Miguel 12-packs and Becks Blue 15-packs).

At Ocado, look out for Martini Prosecco for £7 (was £12.99), or head for the posh stuff with Duval-Leroy Fleur De Champagne Premier Cru for £14.99 (was £29.99) and Gauthier Brut Non Vintage Champagne for £16 (was £32).

There are more than 50 half-price bottles at Tesco Wine and new customers save £10 when they spend £50 with the ongoing code XXMML4.

Grab half-price Bredon champagne at Waitrose, now £14.99 per bottle until 18th December. 

Best restaurant deals

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



When Valid

Need to Know

Cafe Rouge

Save 25% on food. 

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th from 7pm only.

Get your code here.

Cafe Rouge

20% off your total bill.    

Sunday to Thursday until 16th Dec.         

Get your code here.

Toby Carvery

Free ice-cream with a carvery main.   

Ends 29th Dec.  

Register for a voucher.  


Save 25% on food.  

Sunday to Thursday until 18th Dec.        

Visit their website here and get the code.

Bella Italia

Buy one main, get another for £2.50.

Sunday to Thursday until 16th Dec.       

Download your voucher. Check terms for excluded restaurants.


Save 25% on bottles of Prosecco.   


No voucher necessary.  


Save 25% on your food bill. 

Sunday to Thursday until 16th Dec.        

Use this exclusive voucher.  


Bah Humburger  (Xmas burger, side of sweet potato or skinny fries & drink) for £14.95

Every day until 6th January 2013.

No voucher necessary.  


Free scampi and chips when you buy a drink. 

Every day until 31st Dec.        

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

Pizza Express


£10 million of prizes up for grabs.


Every day until 31st Dec.   



25% off food.  

Sunday to Thursday (check your chosen restaurant) until 16th Dec.  

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

Frankie & Benny’s

Kids eat free on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.


Must buy an adult main. 

Dim t


2 for 1 on mains at Highgate branch.


Throughout Dec – see restaurant for exclusions.

Sign up to print off your voucher.  

Dim t

50% off at Charlotte Street branch.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.

Sign up to print off your 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.


All Bar One

Dine with wine for £15. 

Monday to Thursday until 19th Dec.    

Sign up and they’ll send you a 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

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.
  • 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 weekend at Pizza Hut Delivery use code AFD4PCDVK for 50% off pizzas when you spend £40 (ends Sunday 6th December), or use these new codes for 2for1 pizzas – use AFDPCTNRW for collection orders and AFDDELPXU if you’re getting it delivered, valid until 20th January 2013.
  • You can also 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:

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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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