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Pop Your Cork

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 29th January 2014

The Frugal Diva cannot tell Two Buck Chuck from Chateau Lafite-Rothschild so it was up to my friends to inform me of this policy at many restaurants – free corkage. You bring the wine and they provide the glasses, you sip and they serve, you pay nothing and they stand by at your service. In an effort to brave the new realities of consumer spending, many restaurants allow patrons to bring in their own wine at no fee.

This is a great perk for those who have an extensive collection of wine or for those who just want to stop by a market and pick up a decent bottle for $8 to $12. Twelve dollars is just about what a  glass of wine goes for in many places and you will be getting four full glasses for the same price. When choosing restaurants for a night out this usually leads to a minimum savings of  about $50.

Opentable.com allows you to check out which restaurants are letting you bring wine at no charge.  Some like the Daily Grill only allow it on Tuesdays, others such as Roy’s have a changing policy, and Magnolia in Hollywood allows it anytime. On the Open Table left hand side they have free corkage and BYOB listing for restaurants in every city.  Policies change quickly so always call to verify before making a reservation.

Stop by Fresh & Easy on your way to dinner and find award winning bottles at great prices.   I pick wines, the same way I pick race horses-by their names.  So I was drawn to Pacific Coast Highway’s Chardonnay and took it when joining friends for dinner.  Everyone applauded my choice of this lovely white wine and no one guessed it came in under $10.  Unlike my choices at the track, this wine was a winner for price, quality, and remembering long wonderful rides up the coast when I first moved to LA.

Another plus about Fresh & Easy, you don’t have to negotiate through an huge store when in a hurry or high heels.

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

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Think Inside The Box

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 5th November 2013

Thanksgiving and holidays are a wonderful time for cooking however The Frugal Diva works and wants to enjoy the day just as much as anyone. Why worry about a dry turkey?  Starting today, you can make the holidays a breeze by ordering one of the F & E yummy holiday boxes. Each box serves 8 people for between $50 -$65 including a main course, three or four sides, and a pumpkin pie.  Also, holiday products are beginning to make their way back into stores, so look out for your favorites! Chocolates anyone?

If you are in the mood to cook, Jennie-O frozen turkeys are just .59¢ per lb.

With weather changes and the holiday season getting closer, Fresh & Easy has some great deals this week to help you stock up.

·         fresh&easy boneless beef New York steak twin pack, $4.99 per lb.

·         fresh&easy bacon, 2 for $7 when you buy multiples of 2

·         fresh&easy shredded cheese, 2 for $5 when you buy multiples of 2

·         fresh&easy orange juice, $2.99

·         fresh&easy butter, 2 for $5 when you buy multiples of 2

·         Tostitos or Ruffles, 2 for $6

·         fresh&easy sparkling cider, 2 for $4

·         Montcadi Cava, 2 for $12

Wine is at its best price in the fall, so holiday party planners, start buying now!

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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Fresh & Easy Deals

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 6th March 2013

This week, Fresh & Easy is still fighting the good food fight by offering you great deals on everyday items. This week, fresh&easy ground chuck beef is $2.49 per lb. in a 2 lb. pack, which can be turned into a versatile multi-day meal.

Other deals this week include:

  • fresh&easy beef tri tip is 50% off
  • fresh&easy assorted pork chops, $2.49 per lb.
  • f&e chicken breast family pack, $2.49
  • fresh&easy tilapia filets, $5.99 per lb.
  • fresh&easy seafood salads, 2 for $6
  • fresh&easy large Hass avocados, 77¢ each
  • 2 lb. packs of seedless grapes are $1.70 per lb.
  • fresh&easy almond or organic soy milk, $1.79
  • Guinness draught or black lager, $6.99 for a 6-pack

These deals are good from March 6-12, 2013.

They are still the best place for lower priced spices and sauces. Remember to join the loyalty program so you can start accumulating points, getting recipes, and finding coupons delivered right to your email!

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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Fresh & Easy Giveaway

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 20th June 2012

The Frugal Diva is always looking for fresh, easy, and reasonably priced dinner options. Check out the new Kitchen to Go line – over 150 chef-created take-out dishes that are fresh, wholesome and delicious. With appetizer, side, prepared meal bowls, and family entrée options inspired by four world cuisines, this is a new take on take-out the next time you’re in a pinch and need a quick meal. You can now see the entire Kitchen to Go menu. There are even some pairing ideas to make your meal complete.

Enter the exciting,  Fresh & Easy Giveaway starting (today!) June 20th through June 27th. During this time, respond to one of the F & E Twitter prompts or tweet or Instagram a picture of your Kitchen to Go meal and you can be entered to win a daily drawing for a Fresh & Easy gift card. Just be sure to tag your Twitter or Instagram pic with #kitchentogo and @freshandeasy. It’s that easy! They will having random drawings daily so enter as often as you’d like.

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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Fresh & Easy For Grilling

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 23rd May 2012

Fresh and Easy has made it so easy to get a Memorial Day BBQ for a great price! While you are on their site, register your school for Shop For Schools in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Check out these deals for your grilling needs this memorial day weekend, including Ready to Cook Grill Packs, $5.99/each! Choose from:

· fresh&easy quarter pounder beef patties (8 count)

· f&e green chili chicken breast (2.5 lbs)

· fresh&easy Texas style BBQ pork ribs (2.5 lbs)

· f&e chili, citrus and cilantro chicken thighs & drumsticks (4.25 lbs)

Other deals of the week include:

· fresh&easy avocado, 50¢ each, sold as 4 count, $1.99

· blueberries or raspberries, 12-18 oz. $3.99

· fresh&easy watermelon 19¢/lb

· fresh&easy corn, 4for $1

· Tomatoes on the vine, 20 oz. for $1.50

· f&e sausages pork or chicken varieties 16 oz 2 for $7

· fresh&easy mesquite marinade, 99¢

· fresh&easy guacamole, 12 oz for $3.99

· fresh&easy lemonade or iced tea 59 fl oz, 2 for $6

Remember to join the loyalty program so you can start accumulating points, getting recipes, and finding coupons delivered right to your email.

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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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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Fresh and Easy For Dinner

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 13th January 2010

Just when I thought that everything had been done in the way of markets in comes a new kid on the block.  A little organic, a little convenience, a little gourmet grocery,  and a whole of savings.  There are so many wonderful Fresh & Easy products.  A bag of  frozen turkey meatballs this week for $5.99.  Add some tomato sauce, serve over pasta (99 cents this week), and open a bag of salad greens. That’s fresh, that’s easy.

Now if you want to get really, really easy and still stay really, really fresh.  We are talking about around $2.49 per person for lasagna with meat sauce to keep in your freezer. Cheaper then fast food and better for you.

Every week there are 98 cent produce packs.  Add a little excitement and use them in your cooking.  One week they had onions and red and green peppers. You can julienne slice them, saute, add some capers and olives. Set aside while you pan fry some tilapia and you have a nicoise style topping for your fish. Pick a pack of pears and pair with an interesting cheese for dessert. fresh-and-easy-produce-specials

Yes I did say they are a little gourmet.  Pick up organic teas, fresh juices, fresh baked goods, wine (not at all stores), cheeses, balsamic vinegar along with fresh produce, fish, and meat on your way home.  And they have great sauces – Thai Chili Lime, Smokey Barbecue- and a good selection of spices.  Even pet food for your pooch.  So much good stuff in such a manageable size market.

You can also sign up for the email newsletter where you get weekly updates on specials and coupons. And please remember that all quoted prices are subject to change.

Smaller then a supermarket, more fresh food then a convenience store-this chain is a winner for the Frugal Diva.

Disclaimer: Fresh and Easy occasionally sends The Frugal Diva samples of their products.

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