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Everything you need to know about Frugal Festival Food!

Free food alert! Munch on Libertine’s bacon-wrapped tater tots, chili and dogs from The Stand, CA-grown fruit from Albertsons, and frozen yogurt from Yozen Frogurt.

We have more than 100 Raffle and Door prizes worth $3,000 waiting for you!

The FREE FOOD SWAP starts at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $5 with a canned good and include a high-quality Envirosax swag bag that is worth $9 before it’s stuffed with goodies!

Kids are welcome! We have face painting and chalk coloring ready for ya!

There is limited free parking at the Festival (or park across the street at the mall).

We’ve got a lot planned for you, including an Early Bird Raffle, a coupon class, and more. You won’t be late with this timeline of events.

Test your coupon know-how in our Coupon Challenge to win a $300 gourmet gift basket from Albertsons and Shortcuts!

If you missed the online recipe contest, you’ll have a chance to submit an original recipe at the Bargain Babe table at the Festival!

The Festival supports the LA Regional Food Bank.

Get your tickets now!

Reader Winners: Money-Saving Recipes

Below you’ll find the names of the two lucky winners of Money-Saving Recipes.”

If you missed my review, this tiny cookbook is packed with 127-paged of recipes for breads, desserts, main entrees, soups and salads, and sandwiches. “Money-Saving Recipes” is a compilation of the authors’ favorite frugal recipes. Each recipe comes with an introduction that includes thrifty tips. Most of the recipes are one-pot meals, which reduces clean up.

I asked you to share who does the dishes in your home and this is what the winners responded.

Lynda Del shared her families rule.

Our rule is if one does the cooking, the other does the dishes. I tend to be the one who cooks more often :)

Nina K said she does the dishes, but doesn’t really like it.

im the dishwasher at my house. im patiently waiting for the day that my kids are tall enough to reach in the sink!

Winners, I hope this tiny cookbook cuts down on your clean up time and your grocery bill. Send me an email with a shipping address so I can send you your copy of Money-Saving Recipes.”

If you didn’t win, you can buy it on Amazon for $7.95 or win one of 8 copies that will be given away as door prizes at the Festival in LA on June 25. Thanks to all of you who participated in our lighting book review giveaways.

Libertine passing out free food at Festival!

libertineBacon-wrapped tater tots. Aside from genius comfort food, that’s just one of the free food samples going to be passed out at Frugal Festival Food! on June 25 by Libertine, a swanky lounge-club-restaurant in Hollywood. Yelpers give Libertine 4 stars out of 195 reviews!

Here’s what makes Libertine a hot deal for your next late night dance party. Libertine has a rare Top Shelf Open Bar deal. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., drink as much beer, shots, and cocktails for $25. It’s another $10 for Open Bar until 2 a.m. The Open Bar deal includes top shelf and premium brands.

I’ve never heard of a drink special like that!

If bacon-wrapped tater tots don’t get your stomach growling, here are your other free food options at the Festival. Free hot dog and chili samples from The Stand, fresh fruit samples from Albertsons, and free frozen yogurt samples from Yozen Frogurt. Come hungry!

Reader winners: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

groceryThe winners of Steve and Annette Economides’ Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half have been chosen! The names of the lucky winners are below.

If you missed my review, Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half is filled with tips to help you save money.  In the 308-page book you’ll learn about couponing, organizing your purchases, and gardening to help you save money. The book also includes bonus recipes that you can make with your family.

I asked you to share your most memorable family dinnertime story with us and this is what the winners shared.

Pam said her most memorable dinnertime story was when she cooked for her and her husband’s family.

Along with the turkey remaining stuffed with it’s own innards (yuck) there were burnt rolls, hard as a rock butter molds, runny potatoes, basically whatever could go wrong, did.

Donna, who had given birth two months ago, was so tired and frazzled that she forgot to turn on the oven to cook the turkey.

 I never made that mistake again and my husband still ribs me about it to this day.

Deanna said a particular Thanksgiving dinner was also her favorite.

The thing I remember most was the food fight we ended up having just as a bit of fun lol.

Lynda most memorable dinnertime was on Halloween when she was about 10 years old. As her family cooked the meal she was getting ready to trick or treat.

this was before the time when all costumes were bought, so we still had to scavenger through our parents’ old stuff to become the princess and the pirates that we wanted. lots of fun!!

Ron Miller’s memorable family dinner was with his family while they where on vacation with his little ones.

We enjoyed dinner in Cinderellas Castle in Disney World thoroughly!

Winners, I hope the book helps you save money on your groceries and it allows you to have more memorable moment with your families. Send me an email with an address so I can send the books your way.

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry. You can buy it on Amazon for $9.91 or win one of 20 copies that will be given away as door prizes at the Festival in LA on June 25. Don’t forget to participate in today’s giveaway of “Poor Girl Gourmet” for another chance to win!

Free Hot Dogs and Chili from The Stand at Festival!


Free dogs and chili from The Stand (but no beer)!

Dog and chili lovers rejoice! The Stand is coming to Frugal Festival Food! in LA on June 25 and bringing FREE samples of its tasty hot dogs and chili. Yesssss!

This local LA chain is famous for their super frugal Monday $1 dog nights. Now that is a deal you can’t beat! Make sure to get a free Stand Card to get the $1 dogs and 5% off all purchases. The Stand now offers a la carte ordering, so you can get any entree, sides, or fries on its own.

The Stand has locations in Encino, Woodland Hills, Century City, and Westwood Village. I used to eat at The Stand all the time way back when I was a reporter at the LA Daily News. You can’t beat local, tasty, and cheap!

Who’s excited for all the free food at Frugal Festival? Yozen Frogurt will be passing out free samples and Albertsons has lots of fresh fruit to share. Plus there will be free water, lemonade, and otter pops!

Get your tickets now!

Win 5 $50 Am Ex gift cards from LOZO!


Save hundreds on groceries with LOZO's free tools!

LOZO, a site that matches your grocery list with coupons, is celebrating the upcoming launch of their new service with 5 $50 gift cards from American Express. These will be raffled off at Frugal Festival Food! (See all the raffle and door prizes.)

LOZO’s coupons could save you as much as $1,000 per year on groceries, but who has time to find them?

LOZO tracks hundreds of free grocery coupons, then emails you when they find ones that match your list. It’s basically Extreme Couponing without the extreme hours of collecting and organizing coupons. Type in your grocery list once and LOZO will send you grocery coupons for as long as you want to keep saving. It’s a super easy way to save money on groceries!

To be part of the new site, sign up at LOZO now.

To win one of the five $50 Am Ex cards, get your Festival tickets now!

Yozen Frogurt coming to Festival!


Get free samples of Yozen Frogurt at Frugal Festival Food!

The first time I tasted Yozen Frogurt, I was in heaven. Fresh, delicious, and sweet! I soon began goading friends to sneak away from work for a quick treat with me. Now I’m thrilled to announce Yozen Frogurt is going to be sharing samples of its amazing frozen yogurt at Frugal Festival Food!!!

Yozen Frogurt has locations in West Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village. Using its loyalty punch card, you can get free frozen yogurt. My favorite flavor is pomegranate.

Frugal Festival Food!
Canoga Park High School
6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
June 25, 11am-2pm

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Easy Lunch Boxes Raffle prize at Festival

lunchboxHere is another bunch of great raffle prizes you can win at Frugal Festival Food! on June 25 in Los Angeles. Your ticket to the Festival includes one free raffle ticket so you can automatically win! These prizes are from EasyLunchBoxes:

  • 10 people will each win a set of three multi-compartment plastic “lunchbox” containers worth $13.95
  • AND these 10 winners will take home two cooler bags that perfectly fit the multi-compartment lunchbox. The cooler bags retail for $15.95.

This raffle prize is worth $30!

Other raffle prizes include a $175 Date Night package, $100 gift cards to Target, 25 The Coupon Wallet Organizers, and $250 worth of goodies from Pyrex and Chicago Cutlery!

Get your ticket now!

How the swap works this Saturday


Amy and Melissa of TheSwapaholics.com

This is a post by Melissa and Amy, my partners for the Frugal Festival Summer Swap in North Hollywood on June 19.

So you’ve never been to a clothing swap before? Sweet! We love newbies, and are always psyched to share the infinite joys of getting something new-to-you for free (or very, very little).

The best part about getting practically free fashion (and media, and housewares) is that you can take risks for little, if no, money. Rock a romper. Watch a foreign film with subtitles and a crazy-sounding title. Snag that kitschy vase and put it on display for all your friends to see. We’ll have all this and so much more — raffle prizes including spa gift certificates and iPods, VIP bags for our 25 VIP ticket-holders, DJ Cassette droppin’ backbeats — at our first West Coast swap with Bargain Babe: The Frugal Fe$t Summer Swap on June 19 at the NoHo Performing Arts Center.

We’ve hosted over three dozen swaps in the last two years as The Swapaholics, ranging in size from 25 people to over 300 — some with two dozen of our closest friends, some as public fundraisers for charities and causes we’re passionate about. We’ve been interviewed by USA Today, The Boston Globe, and NBC News for our modern swap expertise.

So, without further ado, here’s how we do clothing swaps at The Swapaholics, plus some tips on what to bring and what to expect when you show up at the NoHo Performing Arts Center at 11020 Magnolia Blvd in North Hollywood on Saturday.


Please, for the love of dog, do *not* bring us your tired, your worn, your sad-looking and stinky. If you’d be embarrassed to give it a friend or to put it on consignment — or would drop it off at Goodwill and quickly run away in shame — don’t bring it to the swap. That means no bathing suits, no underwear, no sports bras or jock straps, no dirty socks or sneakers, no worn-through-the-butt jeans. Nothing stained in the armpits or holey or otherwise un-wearable. (Yes, people have actually shown up with all of these things at clothing swaps before.)

Do, however, bring your fun, your irreverent, your gently worn, gently loved, and gently used clothing, media, and home decor. Basically, anything you’d sell at a yard sale (save furniture & toys), we’ll be swapping!

Here are the types of swappables we’ll be accepting at the Frugal Fe$t Summer Swap on Saturday:

  • Women’s Clothing (including maternity wear)
  • Men’s Clothing (including tees)
  • Kids’ Clothing (but no toys or gear, please!)
  • Home Decor
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Books
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Accessories (jewelry, hats, belts, headbands, scarves)

Do us a favor, though, and keep it to things no bigger than a breadbox, since we have to cart all the leftovers to charity at the end of the swap.


Basically, there are three parts to the swap:

From 10 a.m. to noon, our doors will be open and you can check-in with your Goldstar ticket to the Frugal Fe$t if you’re donating swappables. We’ll take your donations and our volunteers will magically turn those bags of chic cast-off into a “swaptique” when you return for the swap at 1 p.m. SHARP. The price you pay for your Frugal Fe$t ticket on Goldstar is your only expense — once you’re into the swap itself, everything is FREE.

After the drop-off period ends, we shut the doors to the swap so we can turn those awesome donations into an even more radical (and well-organized) “swaptique.” We’ll give you a special Swap Map we’ve created by working with local businesses in the NoHo Arts District, who’ll be offering special deals and discounts just for Frugal Fe$t swappers. Show your Goldstar ticket at places like Mani-Kir Royale and Someone Else’s Vintage for sweet scores, but be sure to get back to the NoHo PAC by 1 p.m. SHARP.

VIP ticket-holders get to jump to the front, everyone else will grab a first come, first served place in line outside the “swaptique” until we open the doors at 1 p.m. SHARP. Then it’s a virtual free-for-all (think: Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides” as swappers spread out to find the best scores. Items are first come, first served, as well, and you can carry out as much as you can fit in your swap bag (and pockets, and purse). Be polite, be courteous, be fair. If you’re shopping the swap to stock your own eBay store or vintage shop, please don’t brag about it — we know you’re doing it, just don’t talk about it, especially in front of other swappers. It’s totally tacky.

Otherwise, have fun and swap ’til you drop! We can’t WAIT to meet you on Saturday.

~ Melissa & Amy
The Swapaholics