As a family of 8 food shopping can be quite a mission for us and I  am careful to set myself a budget and stick to it as much as possible. ...

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As a family of 8 food shopping can be quite a mission for us and I am careful to set myself a budget and stick to it as much as possible.

Shopping in a place that is good value for money is very important to me as it means that I am able to buy more for the family, ensuring that we have enough to last us the month (excluding little top ups of items such as bread, milk and some fresh produce), and it also means that I am more likely to be able to pick up some treats for the children on top of all of the essential items. 

Just before the Bank Holiday weekend I received an invitation to apply to become a Morrisons Mum and was amazed when I was chosen.  

Morrisons have just launched price drops on over a thousand products in all of their stores and have made it clear that these are not temporary price drops ..... they are here to stay!  They have also been careful to drop the prices of the products they feel people buy most often, which should hopefully mean that people see a difference on every shop they make. This will not affect the quality of the products.

Morrisons have labelled the products with yellow stickers to make it easier for you to find the ones that have been reduced.



So that we could go and see these changes for ourselves, and find out if Morrisons' would work out to be better value for us as a large family, they sent us £80 worth of vouchers to spend for our Bank Holiday weekend.

Thank you Morrisons!

Obviously we had to buy our usual day to day items, but we also decided to treat the children to a BBQ as well. 


We found the meat and fish to be really good value and brought a whole chicken, fish pie mix and beef burgers on their 3 for £10 deal. 
We wouldn't normally buy so much in the way of fresh meat/fish as it can work out a lot cheaper to buy frozen, but offers like this made it possible for us to enjoy a lot more fresh produce. 


A clever way of keeping the fresh produce fresh

I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the price drops were not just for a few pence here and there but were quite substantial drops, even for a £1 or more on some items! 

Morrisons offer a wide range of products from their own savers range to the more expensive branded products. 
We made sure to try Morrisons' own products and found that they are just as good as the branded items. 

I love the fact that they have a butcher, bakery and fresh fish counter in store, and they always seem to have offers in place on their fresh produce, as well as throughout the store. 
I also found that some of the branded products were a lot cheaper than in some other supermarkets. 

If you take into consideration the fact that we brought a lot more fresh produce than normal, and that we also purchased items for a BBQ then I can happily say that Morrisons worked out to be better value for us as a larger family. 


Some of the items we purchased

I was able to purchase a lot more ingredients to prepare fresh meals, where as I normally find it a lot more expensive to buy the fresh ingredients and would opt for the cheaper, frozen option.
It was even possible to buy some treats for everyone, including donuts, cakes, children's ice lollies, and some special alcoholic mojito ice lollies for the grown ups to enjoy as well.

We decided to have a nice, relaxed, family bank holiday weekend at home enjoying yummy food, listening to music and playing in the garden.

On the Bank Holiday Sunday I made a home made fish pie for everyone to enjoy, using the fresh ingredients that I had purchased in Morrisons. 
It was a big hit with the children and was really simple to make. 
I made the pie using fresh fish, which you might expect to be expensive, but it was actually very reasonably priced.  
Below is the list of ingredients you would need to make the pie (with prices), how to make it, and the cost per person (based on 4 adults):

Ingredients


Morrisons White Potatoes (2.5kg)      £2

Morrisons Fish Pie Mix                      £4 (or 3 for £10)
Morrisons Fish Pie Sauce                   £1
Morrisons Tinned Sweetcorn              £0.49
M-Savers Frozen Peas                      £0.89 
M-Savers Grated Cheese (optional)    £4.40

Method

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4
2. Peel the potatoes, cut them in to small chunks and put them to boil in a         large saucepan.
3. While the potatoes are boiling, place the Morrisons Fish Pie mix into a             pyrex dish and pour the Morrisons Fish Pie Sauce over the fish.
4. Once the potatoes are soft, mash them with a little butter and milk and         spread over the top of the fish mix.
5. Place the pie into your pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.  If you     would like melted cheese on top of your pie then remove the pie from the       oven approximately 5 minutes before the end of cooking time, sprinkle the     cheese over the top, and place back in to the oven until the cheese has         melted.
6. While your cheese is melting (or approx 5 mins before end of cooking time)     place your peas and sweetcorn into a saucepan and bring to the boil.             Simmer until cooked.
7. Serve and enjoy.

Cost Per Serving

The fish pie would easily serve 4 adults, but will go further if you are sharing with children as they would normally eat smaller portions.  
Our fish pie fed 2 adults and 4 children (Boo will not eat it due to his food phobia, and Bubba did not have any) and we purchased our fish as part of the 3 for £10 deal, along with some other meats. 
We also chose to have melted cheese on top of our fish pie.  
Based on this, the cost for our family was £2 per person.
If we had made the pie without cheese it would have cost us £1.28 per person.

I would definitely recommend this as a hearty family meal. The fish pie is packed full of flavour and looks set to become a family favourite for us.
Very, very yummy.



Unfortunately we chose to have our BBQ on Bank Holiday Monday which turned out to be the coldest day of the weekend, but we didn't care. 
It was chilly, but the weather was dry and the children really enjoyed eating outside.  They were spoilt for choice with burgers, sausages, chicken pieces, salad, coleslaw, potato salad and more ..... and this had all been purchased as extras on top of our normal items!


Enjoying our BBQ

All in all we were very impressed with Morrisons.

The store is well set out, there is a huge choice of what to buy with a range of options to suit all budgets and, best of all, they saved us money on our shop and enabled us to buy treats that we wouldn't normally be able to get.

I would happily continue to be a Morrisons Mum!

Missy x


We were provided with £80 worth of Morrisons vouchers for the purpose of this review.
All opinions and photographs in this post are my own.
This post has not been edited by Morrisons in any way.