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Frugal Fest in the News!


Tune in 7pm Friday to see me on NBC!

Frugal Festival Food! is all over the news!

The Bargain Hunter column in the LA Daily News wrote us up, as did NBC LA’s The Scene. LA Weekly had something to say and so did yesterday’s Yelp email!

Listen to CBS KFWB later this morning, at about 10:30 a.m., to hear me on Money 101 with Bob McCormick.

Tune in Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. to see me talking about the Festival on NBC 4!


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!

Timeline of Festival Events


Door prizes are first-come first serve! Credit: R Berteig/Flickr

Here’s what’s happening at Frugal Festival Food! on June 25 in Canoga Park. Scroll down for a list of on-going activities.

11 a.m. – Festival opens! Door prizes are first come first serve!!! Food swap starts at 11 a.m. as well.

11:30 a.m. – Early Bird Raffle prize – a $100 Target gift card from Shortcuts.com! Admission includes one free raffle ticket so everyone is eligible to win.

11:40 a.m. – Food Preservation session with Registered Dietician Heidi Diller of Albertsons.

12 p.m. – Coupon Class with Tia of Tia Saving Cents.

12:30 p.m. – Coupon Challenge sponsored by Albertsons and Shortcuts! Who will find the best deals the fastest? Prize is a $300 gourmet gift basket!

12:45 p.m. – Albertsons fresh fruit samples – peaches, nectarines, and plums!

1:15 p.m. – Raffle starts. Prizes include a $300 Albertsons gift card.

2 p.m. – Festival ends. Go home and enjoy your prizes and SWAG bags!

On-going activities:

-Solar oven demo by Homestead Hardware

-Coupon Wallet sales by The Coupon Wallet

-Food demo by 99 Cents Only Chef

-Free food samples from The Stand, Libertine, and Yozen Frogurt

-Coupon and recipe exchange

-Frugal food quiz at BargainBabe.com table

-Face painting for kids (and adventurous adults) by Face Makers

-Chalk coloring area for kids

-DJ Cassette spinning tunes

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Starbucks raffle prize at Festival


Win this prize at Frugal Festival Food! June 25, 2011

Starbucks donated two raffle prizes each worth about $30 to Frugal Festival Food! that will make any coffee lover swoon. Each raffle prize includes:

  • Insulated traveling mug
  • Starbucks VIA Tribute Blend sample card
  • Starbucks VIA Italian Roast 3-pack (2)
  • Starbucks VIA Italian Roast Decaf 3-pack (2)

To win, join us at the Festival on June 25 in Los Angeles. Tickets sold exclusively through Goldstar.

Other raffle and door prizes include 90 books, 10 Easy Lunch Box sets, a $175 Date Night Package that includes babysitting, 25 The Coupon Wallet Organizers, and a $250 Pyrex and Chicago Cutlery kitchen package!

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Frugal Fest is NOT a clothing swap!

Frugal Fest is NOT a clothing swap - it's about food! Credit: ugod/Flickr

Enough people have asked me if last year’s clothing swap was happening again at this year’s Frugal Festival that I wanted to clear the air.


Instead, it’s about saving money on food by:

  • coupon clipping
  • using solar ovens
  • deploying grocery store tricks and strategies
  • exchanging recipes and coupons
  • making savvy nutrition decisions
  • and lots more!

Join us on June 25 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Canoga Park High School, 6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd. near Westfield Topanga Mall for all of the above, plus:

  • free face painting
  • free lemonade and otter pops
  • fresh fruit tastings from Albertsons
  • a coupon challenge contest

Get your tickets now!

Awesome giveaways from Shortcuts.com – make your money back at Festival!

Shortcuts is giving away $5 grocery gift cards to anyone who signs up for its site at Frugal Fest!

OMG! Just got off the phone with Ferha at Shortcuts, a Festival sponsor, and I’m sooo0 excited about what they are doing at Frugal Festival Food! on June 25. Check it out:

  • Raffling off five $100 gift cards to Target, Drugstore.com, Cooking.com, Chefscatalog.com, and Restaurant.com!
  • Giving away Shortcuts travel mugs, re-usable water bottles, and pens.
  • Sharing Top 10 Ways to Save tip sheet for groceries and everyday purchases.
  • Handing out $5 grocery gift cards to every person who signs up for Shortcuts, a grocery coupon site that also offers cash back rebates when you shop online. This means sign up for Shortcuts and you MAKE YOUR MONEY BACK! Tickets are $5 with a canned good for the LA Regional Food Bank, so with the $5 grocery gift card from Shortcuts you essentially get in for FREE!!!!

Get your tickets now!

Are kids welcome at Frugal Festival Food!?

Free face painting by the Facemakers at the Festival!

Yes! We invite you to bring your kids to Frugal Festival Food! on June 25 – although this is not a “kids event” per se. We have a few activities planned for youngsters, including:

  • free face painting by the talented FaceMakers, who you might remember from the first annual Festival
  • kids can unleash their talents on a huge coloring wall
  • fresh fruit samples will be available for all guests, no matter your age

Kids 6 and under are free and do not need a ticket. (They will not receive a swag bag, however).

Kids 7 and up must have a ticket and will receive a swag bag. Tickets are $5-$15 with a canned good donation for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Get your ticket now!