Frugal Food - 21st December 2012

Chiara Cavaglieri
by Lovemoney Staff Chiara Cavaglieri on 21 December 2012  |  Comments 0 comments

Supermarkets' current food and booze offers, plus the latest discount coupons and restaurant vouchers.

Frugal Food - 21st December 2012

Welcome to this week's festive Frugal Food.


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 or satsumas, 1.5kg of Maris Piper potatoes and five-packs of lemons. Offers end 29th December.


For a luxury Christmas breakfast Asda Extra Special Applewood and Beech Smoked Scottish Salmon (100g) is two for £5 (was £3 each) and Traditional Deep Fill Crumpets (6) are 50p (was 62p). Or if it’s party food you’re after, Young's Seafood Sticks with Dip (160g) are £1 (was £1.28) and Extra Special Venison & Scotch Whiskey Coarse Pate (200g) is 2 for £5 (was £3 each).

Fresh turkey costs from £4.98 for a 573g boneless joint in the ASDA Butcher's Selection Turkey Boneless Breast Joint and you can buy frozen whole turkeys from £12 from their Chosen by You range (3.6kg). And, just in case you forget it, buy Asda Extra Special Cranberry Sauce (240g) for £1 (was £1.38)!

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


Get a British turkey crown for £7.79/kg, a bronze free range turkey crown for £11.99/kg and a whole fresh bronze free range turkey for £6.49/kg. You can also grab 1kg of carrots for 39p, Scottish smoked salmon for £7.99, pork stuffing 400g for £1.99, 18-pack of cocktail sausages for £1.99 and, half-price this Saturday and Sunday only, buy Vintage Reserve Cheddar Cheese (now £1.49), 500g of parsnips (now 44p), Scottish oatcakes (now 39p) and Branston pickle (now 69p).

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


At Marks & Spencer you can save a third on roasting joints, selected smoked salmon packs are half-price and it’s four for three on chilled party food. Selected deli and cheese items are two for £4, or four for £7, Christmas groceries (such as gravy and brandy sauce) are three for two and some of their Christmas biscuit and chocolate gifts are also three for two.


There are better than half-price deals on meat: Hemsley’s leg of lambs are now £4.95 (was £10), vacuum packed pork leg joints are £2.95/kg (was £6.50/kg), vacuum packed beef roasting joints are £4.95/kg (was £10/kg) and whole Scottish salmons are £4.69/kg (was £9.99/kg). Their turkey crowns are also reduced, from £8.80/kg to £7.99/kg. And for only £1 each, grab 600g bags of satsumas or clementines, 125g of blueberries, 750g of sprouts, 1.2kg of carrots and 1.2k of brown onions.

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


Ocado British Smoked Streaky Bacon (200g) is only £1.50, or you can spend a bit more for Ocado Smoked Dry Cured Streaky Bacon Thick Cut (300g) which is £2.84. For a treat, Clarence Court Quail Eggs (12) are only £2.35, Ferrero Collection (16 per pack) is £3.43 (was £4.29) and Marmite fans can buy Marmite Gold Limited Edition (250g) on offer at £3 (was £3.99).

Take your pick of cheddars with The Cheese House West Country Mature Cheddar (250g) for £1.66 (was £2.50), Waitrose West Country Denhay Farmhouse Mature Cheddar (500g) for £3.88 (was £5.19) and Seriously Strong Vintage Cheddar (350g) for £3.32 (was £5). Or buy Val de Saone French Brie (1kg) for £5.60 (was £7) and Butlers Blacksticks Blue (150g) for £1.48 (was £1.85).

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).  


Give your guests something sweet to munch: Cadbury Roses (350g), Cadbury Heroes (350g), Terry's Chocolate Orange Segsations (330g) and Toblerone Tinys (330g) are all now £3. A chunky 800g Sainsbury's Dundee Christmas Cake has £1 off, now £5, McVitie's Classic Collection (500g) is £2.50 (was £3) and for something a bit sophisticated Sainsbury's Dark Chocolate Ginger (160g) is £1 (was £1.29).

And for Christmas Day, Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cranberry Sauce (220g) is now £1.34 (was £1.79), Paxo Celebrations Chestnut & Cranberry Perfect Stuffing for Turkey (150g) is £1 (was £1.48), Sainsbury's Goose Fat (295g) and Sainsbury's Duck Fat (295g) are £2.32 (were £3.49), and Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Gravy (320g) is £1.04 (was £1.39). And if you haven’t bought your turkey, a Bernard Matthews Golden Norfolk Medium Basted Whole Turkey Serves 8-12 (Approx 5Kg) is £17 (was £20), while Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Free Range Medium British Turkey with Giblets (Approx 5Kg) is £21 (was £24).

In store you can also get 50% off Christmas all crackers, trees, lights and decorations, three for two on all wrapping and 1/3 off all other gifting lines. If you want to see what else you can save on, here are all the latest Sainsbury's offers.

Get £10 off a £50 spend via, expires 6th January 2013.   


Christmas fruit and veg on offer includes Tesco Organic Clementine with Leaves (500g) for £1.50 (was £2), Tesco Chestnuts Prepack (378g) for £2 (was £3), Tesco Finest Tenderstem Broccoli (200g) for £1.30 (was £1.70), Tesco Organic Carrots (800g) for £1 (was £1.30), Tesco Organic Brussel Sprouts (400g) for £1.50 (was £2). And, for the star of the show, Tesco Salmon Side (1kg) is half-price at £10/kg,  Bernard Matthews Golden Norfolk Small Turkey Serves 6-8 (Approx 3.4kg) is £13 (was £15) and it’s two for £6 on Gammon Joints (800g) (was £4.35 each).

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 75p (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.

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


If you’re already sick of turkey and gammon, Waitrose has Select Farm Scottish Salmon for £5.98/kg (was £11.99/kg), Essential Waitrose Chicken Breast Fillets (1kg) for £7.99 (was £11.99), West Country Lamb End Leg is £8.65/kg (was £12.99/kg), British Free Range Orange Marmalade Roast Ham is £1.99 (was £2.49) and Waitrose Greek Sea Bass Fillets (220g) are £4.39 (was £5.39).

For multibuy deals, it’s two for £5 on Waitrose Honey & Rosemary Pork Chipolatas Wrapped in Bacon (8 per pack), two for £4 on Essential Waitrose British Pork Sausagemeat (700g) and two for £5 on Heston from Waitrose Puff Pastry Mince Pies with Pine Sugar Dusting (6) (was £3.29 each).

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

Spend £50 at Waitrose online for free delivery.

Westin Gourmet

Consider buying your meat from online gourmet butcher Westin Gourmet. Right now special offers include 17% off meaty pork sausages (now £4.75 for 1kg) and 13% off New Year haggis (now £6.55 for 4 portions).  

These offers expire on Monday.

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.
  • 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).
  • At Whittard of Chelsea 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

Asda has various cases of beer and cider for £7 each.

There’s a Christmas wine sale at M&S with up to 50% off.

Morrisons has a third off selected wines and beer and cider cases from £8.

Take your pick of these festive booze offers at Sainsbury’s: Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Clementine Bucks Fizz for £3.05 (was £4.59), Marques de Montoya Cava Brut for £5.99 (was £11.99), Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Vintage Cava for £6.99 (was £10.49), Freixenet Vintage Especial Brut for £6.99 (was £13.99), Dow's Trademark Finest Reserve Port £6.99 (was £13.99), three for £5 on Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Kentish Ale (500ml) and three for £12 on various wines including Antico Palazzo Pinot Grigio (usually £6.49 each).

Party drinks on offer at Tesco include The Feel Good Drinks Co. Cocktails (750ml) for £1.99 (was £2.49), Bacardi Breezer Orange (4x275ml) for £4 (was £4.75), Tesco Golden Rum Lime & Ginger (250ml) for £1 (was £1.40), Hardys Stamp Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Australia (3L) for £17.99 (was £21.99), Tesco Finest Irish Cream Liqueur (1L) for £10 (was £15) and Tesco Finest Vintage Cava for £7.49 (was £8.99). And there are more than 50 half-price bottles at Tesco Wine where new customers save £10 on a £50 spend with the ongoing code XXMML4.

Best restaurant deals

As always, new and extended deals appear at the top of the table. Please note that vouchers are not valid on Christmas Day and you should check other exclusions when you book.



When Valid

Need to Know

All Bar One

Dine with wine for £15. 

Sunday to Thursday until 2nd Jan.     

Sign up and they’ll send you a voucher.


Free glass of Prosecco, or a free dessert.   


Join the free VIP club.  


YO! Sushi

Save 40% in the January Sale! 

Tuesday to Friday from 8th-25th January.     

Grab a voucher here. Excludes Harvey Nichols and Selfridges concessions.

Bella Italia

Free raspberry sorbet with Malibu when you buy a main. 

Every day until 30th Dec.

Download a voucher.




Free mince pie and coffee with 3 course meal.

Every day until Saturday 22nd Dec.   


Download a voucher. Valid for up to 6 people.


Vintage Inns

Designated drivers get a free soft drink with any main.

Every day until 30th Dec. 

Use this voucher.

Toby Carvery

Free ice-cream with a carvery main.    

Ends 29th Dec.  

Register for a voucher.  


Save 25% on bottles of Prosecco.  

Throughout December.         

No voucher necessary.  


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.   

See what you could win here.

Frankie & Benny’s

Kids eat free on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.


Must buy an adult main. 

La Tasca

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

Every day in December.   

Pick up a card in-store.   




Mums eat free on Boxing Day.



26th December only.

No voucher necessary





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. Please note that vouchers are not valid on Christmas Day and you should check other exclusions when you book.



 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.
  • Save over £7 with these printable vouchers for Millies Cookies (expire 31st January 2013).
  • 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).
  • At Pizza Hut Delivery use code AFD4PCDVK for 50% off pizzas when you spend £40 (ends 6th January), or use these new codes for two-for-one 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:

  • Like Love Brands on Facebook and enter your details by the 24th December 2012 to win a Jenny Craig snack and breakfast packs (two breakfast cereals and two snacks).
  • O2 Priority customers get a free mince pie and hot drink at Coffee Republic (expires 31st December) and free Affogato dessert at Strada (expires 24th December).
  • Fill in this form to send a Twinings Christmas Card to a loved one – include their address too and they’ll be send some free tea bags in the post.
  • Treat yourself to a free 100g bar of Lindt chocolate (and one of 80 Kindle Fire Tablets) with this Tesco Pull-a-Cracker Twitter-based comp.

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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