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Holiday Dinners Fresh & Easy

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 14th December 2011

It’s time for the those big family dinners and you might want to ask yourself, “Do I want to spend two or three days shopping, chopping, and cooking?” That is after finishing a day of work, picking up gifts, and attending numerous holiday functions.  The Frugal Diva says think about getting one of those everything included dinners.

Here are some great ideas from Fresh & Easy.

Turkey Dinner for 8 is $50 and includes 6 pounds of turkey breast and 3 fresh side dishes.

Ham Dinner for 8 is $45 and includes 7 pounds of baked ham and 4 fresh side dishes.

Beef Rib Roast Dinner for 8 is $65 and includes 4 pounds of turkey breast and 3 fresh side dishes.

The sides look scrumptious with everything from roasted vegetables to potato gratin to butternut squash risotto.

Pick up a few salad bags, some wine, and a  $6.99 pumpkin cheesecake pie from their fresh bakery. You are set.

When you do the math everyone wins! The Frugal Diva loves to cook however sometimes you just have sit back relax and enjoy your own party.

Disclaimer: Fresh and Easy has sent The Frugal Diva samples, coupons, and gift cards plus her stepson works there as a buyer.

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Work The Loyalty Program Part 1

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 16th November 2011

Frugal Divas know that  grocery shopping is so much more than picking up a few things at the store.  We have strategies that help maximize each trip and get the most out of every dollar.  With Fresh & Easy there is the added benefit of using email coupons with the new Friends Program.  On the  F & E program you can convert points to cash anytime after you accumulate 500. I quickly took the time to log in to my Friends account and loaded $15 to use with my $10 off $50 coupon plus I chose items for double points that would be on my shopping list.

I think we can all see where this is going. The Frugal Diva is looking at buying around $50 worth of groceries for $25. The Frugal Dude and I were showing some friends from out of town around Pasadena so as part of the tour we stopped at the 603 S. Lake Street store in Pasadena last Friday afternoon.  The friendliest gentleman was giving out samples at the store entrance. Now who doesn’t like little snack sample of granola scones before embarking on a great saving adventure.

As I tossed things in the basket, I made a mental total so that the coupon would have the most impact on my bottom line. Now my mental total was a little fuzzy when I got to check out. The manager  took the  time to help me and deducted an item that brought the total to $52.56.  Aside from the savings, the staff was super nice and made shopping a pleasure. After my coupon and cash total from my card, the balance was $27.56!

By the way since you are probably feeling sorry for my friends, we also went to the Norton Simon Museum (if you want to save the ticket price, it is free from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM the first Friday of every month) and Old Town Pasadena for dinner.

The Friends Card loyalty program makes you an insider with cash rewards, bonus point coupons, and new product information.  Best of all this fresh new program is easy. Right now get 250 points just for joining!

Disclaimer: Fresh and Easy has sent The Frugal Diva occasional samples, coupons, and gift cards plus her stepson works there as a buyer.

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