A well timed price cut!

As I am currently on maternity leave, finances are somewhat tight at the moment. We usually do our monthly shop online and spend around £200. We also nip to the shop as and when we need fresh fruit and veg. This month though, Morrisons have cut all of their prices and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to be one of the #MorrisonsMums, receiving £80 worth of vouchers to buy our meals for the weekend. More information about the price cuts can be found here: www.morrisons.com/pricecuts

For us, particularly with the new pricing, £80 goes an awful lot further than a few days. In fact, we spent a total of £133.72 on food (and drink) that should last us for the best part of a month. The best thing about it is that the Morrisons lower prices are here to stay. Any items bearing the “I’m cheaper” slogan are not only cheaper, they’re staying cheaper. There are a huge amount of items that have this slogan in store, but for obvious reasons, these two were my favourites: 

Dark chocolate


Red wine

As a special treat for the bank holiday, we bought the ingredients for one of Libby’s favourite meals and invited my sister over to join us for dinner this evening. Whilst I was actually really impressed with all of the prices, some of the prices for the ingredients in tonight’s meal were so cheap that I was genuinely shocked. 

It wasn’t a spectacularly exciting meal, as you can imagine I’m not up to cooking anything too adventurous owing to being well over 9 months pregnant. However, it tasted good and it was incredibly reasonably priced. We had Linda McCartney vegetarian pies, broccoli cheese, roast potatoes and stuffing. For four of us, I would estimate that the ingredients in this meal came to a total of £4.60, that’s £1.15 per person. I do appreciate that one of us is a very small person, but Libby really does eat a lot. The prices were as follows: 

Pack of Linda McCartney pies: £2.45
Broccoli: £0.93 (£1.86 for two large pieces, of which I only used one)
Stuffing: £0.15 for a packet. Honestly, 15p for Morrisons savers stuffing mix, what a bargain! 
Potatoes: £0.30 (69p for a packet of baking potatoes and I used under half a packet)
Cheese: £0.50 (£2.18 for a packet of mature cheddar, we used just under 1/4 of this so that’s about 50p)
Milk: £0.17 (£1.99 for 6 pints, of which I used half a pint)
Gravy: £0.10 (£1.25 for a pack of Bisto gravy granules, of which I think we used about 10p’s worth)
Total: £4.60 or £1.15 per person. 

I also used a packet of bread sauce mix to make the cheese sauce. That had been sitting in the cupboard for long enough for me to regard it as free. Here is the end result (before I added the gravy): 



I’m really no chef, but my two top tips for cooking a meal like this are as follows: 

1. Never trust a skinny cook. I know, it’s a cliché and I never believed it, until recently. I was watching Tom Kerridge cooking on TV one day when he cooked roast potatoes. He shunned the traditional method of shaking them after par-boiling. This  method is generally associated with Delia Smith who is, it has to be said, a skinny cook. Tom Kerridge instead recommends heating up the oil in the roasting tray in the oven while the potatoes are par-boiling. He then lets the potatoes cool down without shaking them, before putting them into the heated oil and coating them with it. Best. Roasties. Ever. Fact. 

2. Using bread sauce mix to make broccoli cheese. I adore bread sauce and it’s a perfect excuse to use it, combining my love of bread sauce with Libby’s love of broccoli cheese. 

I have always loved the quality of Morrisons fruit and veg, and I love it even more now the prices have come down. After dinner, we made the most of the lovely fruit and the reduced prices to have Libby’s favourite pudding, blueberries and yoghurt. The blueberries cost £2 for a packet and the yoghurt was the Onken large pots of yoghurt that were on offer for just £1, we had apricot and honey flavour. Delicious. 

As you can imagine, I have only touched on the bargains we got today. We all really appreciate the opportunity to be one of the #MorrisonsMums and look forward to enjoying the rest of our fabulous food and drink this month! 

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6 Comments

  1. May 2, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    Linda MaCartney pies – ooo I have had one of those in years! Of course now I am hankering for them!!!!

    • Natalie Ray
      May 3, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      Haha sorry to give you a craving for them 😉

  2. Marianne Hopwood
    May 3, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Mmm pie 🙂 I buy the ready made puff pastry roll and whack it on top of a dish of whatever veg I want to use up mixed up in cheese sauce. Most of my cooking involves surveying the fridge and putting together anything that needs using first. Occasionally this is a fail, but usually ok. New Morrisons at Eastbourne is amazing for fruit and veg – stuff I’ve never even heard of and fresh versions of things like turmeric, brilliant.

    • Natalie Ray
      May 4, 2014 / 4:42 pm

      Mmm your pie idea sounds amazing! Yeah Morrisons is great for fruit and veg, think I lucked out when we went, they were out of asparagus and down to the last dregs of samphire so I didn’t manage to buy any for our usual risotto.x

  3. kateonthinice
    May 6, 2014 / 8:18 am

    So pleased you enjoyed your experience as a Morrisons Mum and the meals sound delicious. Commenting for myself @kateonthinice and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

    • Natalie Ray
      May 6, 2014 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you Kate, and a huge thanks to Britmums for giving me the opportunity to take part.x

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