Frugal Food - 4th January 2013

Chiara Cavaglieri
by Lovemoney Staff Chiara Cavaglieri on 04 January 2013  |  Comments 0 comments

This week's highlights include two-for-one mains at Carluccio's and Prezzo, 50% off your food bill at Brewer's Fayre, mains for £2.99 at Sizzling Pubs throughout January and £20-worth of Burger King vouchers!

Frugal Food - 4th January 2013

Welcome to the first Frugal Food of 2013.


This week’s Super 6 offer includes 350g celery, 750g salad potatoes, 125g spring onions, 250g cherry tomatoes, 2-pack little gem lettuce and cucumbers – all for only 49p each. Offers end 12th January.


Asda is cheapest for several big brands including Philadelphia tubs (300g), only £1, various Napolina Pastas (500g), 50p each, and Heinz Classic Soup (400g), also only 50p each.

For quick meals Chosen by You Battered Chicken Nuggets (250g) and Southern Fried Chicken Bites (250g) are only £1.50 each. And team it with greens such as Baby Leeks (175g) (2 for £2), Extra Special Purple Sprouting Broccoli (250g) (2 for £3), or some iron-rich Spinach (350g) which is only £1.50.

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


Half-price this weekend only, buy Muller Corner/Light 6-packs (now £1.79), Luxury Fruit Special Muesli 750g (now 84p), Vitafit 1L (now 64p) and fresh blueberries 125g (now 79p). Other deals include cured pork loin joints for £3.29 (was £3.99), Utterly Butterly 500g for 89p (was £1.80), fresh unwaxed lemons 500g for 59p (was 79p) and fresh cherry tomatoes 250g for 50p (was 75p).

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


It’s 2 for £4 on Country Life Spreadable (you save 70p), Cathedral City Cheese is half-price at £2.19, Tetley 240 packs are also half-price reduced from £5.78 to £2.89 and for just £1 each you can buy Paxo Stuffing 240g, Branston Pickle 520g, Haywards Silverskin Onions 454g, Bisto Beef Gravy Granules 170g and Oxo Beef Stock Cubes.

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


Whichever way you like your chook, it has been reduced this week with Ocado Small Whole Chicken (1.2kg) for £2.74 (was £4.10), Ocado Diced Chicken Breast (400g) for £2.68 (was £4), Ocado Chicken Thighs (800g) for £2.14 (was £3.20) and Essential Waitrose Chicken Breast Fillets (1kg) for £7.99 (was £11.99). And while you’re at the meat counter, pick up The Potted Fish Company Potted Crab (100g) for £2.39 (was £2.99), Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Pigs in Blankets (425g) for £4.50 (was £7) and various Golfera Organic Italian cold meats costing from £3.14 (was £3.49).

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

First time Ocado shoppers get £20 off an £80 spend with VOU9763838 (expires 31st August 2013).  


Snap up some post-Christmas bargains: buy Sainsbury's Goose Fat (295g) for £2.32 (was £3.49),  a KP Jumbo Peanuts Caddy (340g) for £2 (was £3), Sainsbury's Blue Stilton Wedge (454g) for £3 (was £6), Sainsbury's Chestnuts (400g) and Sainsbury's Cranberries (300g) for £1 (was £4), Livwell Iced Christmas Cake (450g) for 89p (was £2.99) and Prewett's Butter Shortbread Christmas Trees (170g) for 74p (was £2.49).

And for the basics, grab Cirio Chopped Tomatoes (4x400g) for £1.99 (was £3.99), New Covent Garden Food Co. Souper Greens Soup (600g) for £1.05 (was £2.10), Flora Buttery (500g) for £1 (was £2), Sainsbury's Chicken Thighs & Drumsticks (660g) for £1.50 (was £3), Sainsbury's Boneless British Pork Loin Steaks (4 per pack) for £4.40 (was £8.81), Sainsbury's White Seedless Grapes (approx 600g) for £1.49 (was £2.99) and Nestle Cheerios (600g) for £1.54 (was £3.09).

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. Or head to MVC for £12 off a £75 spend, expires 5th January 2013.  


Fill up your fridge with Adams Premium Crumbed Ham (200g) for £1.60 (was £3.30), Pilgrims Choice Mature Cheddar (350g) for £2.49 (was £4.99), Tesco Napoli Margherita Pizza (320g) for £1.79 (was £3.59), Danepak Unsmoked Back Bacon (300g) for £2 (was £4), Mattessons Smoked Pork Sausage Family Pack (375g) for £1.24 (was £2.49), Quorn Mince (500g) for £1.67 (was £3.35), Riverway Foods Cumberland Sausages (12 per pack) for £2.50 (was £5) and Tesco Fresh & Easy Pork Loin Joint with Crackling (640g) for £3 (was £6).

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.


January is a time of good intentions so stock up on Essential Waitrose Sweetcorn (2) for £1.32 (was £1.99), Essential Waitrose Spinach (250g) for £1 (was £1.20), Waitrose Mediterranean Sun Dried Tomatoes (200g) for £2.79 (was £3.49), Waitrose Perfectly Ripe Yellow Peaches (4) for £2.99 (was £3.99), Essential Waitrose Medium Avocado for 66p (was 99p) and Essential Waitrose Romaine Lettuce Hearts (2) for £1 (was £1.50).

It’s also 3 for 2 mix ‘n’ match on selected Love Life items including Waitrose Love Life Muesli Bircher (750g), Waitrose Organic Love Life Almonds (150g) and Waitrose Love Life Quick Cook Italian 5 Grains (250g).

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 20% off 18 x Lincolnshire sausages (now £6.24), 20% off unsmoked whole gammon (now £38.17 for a 9.7kg joint) and 25% off French Brie (now £15.02 for a 1kg wheel).

These offers expire on Monday.

Voucher codes and coupons

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

  • Print off this coupon for 50p off any Rice Dream product.
  • If you hate crusts use this coupon for 20p off Kingsmill Crusts Away (a white or 50/50 400g loaf), expires 1st March 2013.
  • Save 75p on Benecol’s range of low fat and fruit layer yogurts, expires 3 weeks from when printed.

Or if you’re shopping online:

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

Pick up cheap plonk in the January sales. Scour through the wine and booze aisle at your supermarket or go online.

At Corney and Barrow you can save 20% in the post-Christmas wine sale, while you can still save up to 50% in the Great wine sale at M&S. At Majestic Wine you can save 20% on wine from California Chile, Australia, New Zealand and Rhône.

You can buy wine by the case at where you can save up to a third on these wines, and up to 50% on these wines.

There are lots of half-price wines at Tesco Wine too such as Jacktone Ranch Pinot Grigio for £33 per case (was £66),Wines From France Cabernet Sauvignon for £29.94 per case (was £59.94) and The Regions McLaren Vale Shiraz for £42 per case (was £84).

Best restaurant deals

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



When Valid

Need to Know

Morrison’s Cafe

Kids eat for free when you buy one hot meal from the teatime menu.

School nights (Monday to Friday) after 4pm.

You get a free Monty meal (with activity pack).  


2 for 1 mains.

Every day until 11th February.

Use this voucher.

Pizza Express

Three courses for £12.95.

Every day until 6th January.

See participating restaurants.


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.

La Tasca

Loyalty card members get 40% off the main menu.

Every day in January.    

Pick up a card in-store.   


2 for 1 mains.   

Sunday to Friday until 7th January.

Fill in your details and print off the voucher. 


Save 25% on food (including takeaway).               

Until 9th January (days may vary per restaurant).

Get your voucher here.


Buy one main, get another for £2.              

Until 17th January (days may vary per restaurant).

Get your voucher from here.

Dim t


Free noodle bar or noodle soup with any main.


Throughout January – see restaurant for exclusions.

Sign up to print off your voucher.  

Brewer’s Fayre

Save 50% on your food bill. 

Monday to Friday until 18th January.

Print off a voucher.




20% off at Hot Food Co or Restbite.  

Every day until 31st March.  

Fill in your details and print off the voucher. 

All Bar One

Dine for £5.

Monday to Thursday until 31st January.      

Sign up and they’ll send you a voucher.




20% off everything (min spend £25).  

Every day until 11th February.     


Sign up with your local Harvester.  


Sizzling Pubs

Mains only £2.99 each.

Monday to Friday 12pm-9pm until 1st February.

On selected dishes.

Toby Carvery

Two carveries for £10.

Monday to Saturday until 16th February.

Sign up to the newsletter.

Toby Carvery

Free ice cream.


Sign up to the newsletter.  

Frankie & Benny’s

Save 20% on food bill.

Every day until 28th February.

Must buy two mains.  




Get £10 off when you buy two mains.



Every day until 31st January 2013.       

Valid at participating restaurants only. Sign up here.



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

Every day until 6th January.

No voucher necessary.  


Free scampi and chips when you buy a drink. 

Every day until 31st January.          

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

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. 


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.

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.
  • Download the latest money-saving vouchers for Burger King including BOGOF deals, Family Dine for £10, Kid’s Meal for £2, 2 Dine for £7.50 and free coffee!
  • Save 25% on orders over £20 at Domino's with code DOMPGIFT or save 40% off orders over £40 with code VCFORTYO (this one is only valid until 9th January).
  • Save over £7 with these printable vouchers for Millies Cookies (expire 31st January 2013).
  • At Papa John's use code AAPJOFF50 online or over the phone to get 50% off when you spend at least £15 on pizza, valid for delivery and collection untill Thursday 31st January 2013.
  • At  Pizza Hut Delivery use code AFD4PCDVK for 50% off pizzas when you spend £40 (ends 6th January), 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!


Check out the latest top freebies:

  • Tropical Sun Foods has 3,000 free food samples via their online vending machine everyday at 9.30am. Expires 12th January 2013.
  • Get a free sample pack of Senseo coffee Douwe Egberts (to use on a Philips Senseo machine), expires 15th February 2013.

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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