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Monday, 12 May 2014

Bank Holiday Monday Barbecue with Morrisons #MorrisonsMum

Morrisons have cut the prices of over a thousand of their products.  To celebrate this new cheaper Morrisons, they invited Bloggers to do their Bank Holiday Shop at their  local stores to see the price reductions for ourselves and tell you all about it!

This is the start of a new cheaper Morrisons.

From today, we’ve cut the prices on over a thousand of your favourite products. Not temporary reductions or supermarket smoke and mirrors, these are new every day low prices on the things you buy every week. So you’ll notice the difference with every shop.

And although we’re cutting prices, we’re not cutting corners. You can check our pricing at

You’ll still get award-winning meat and fish, still get trained butchers and bakers, still get the best of fresh on Market Street and still get friendly Morrisons service.

Look out for the yellow markers when you shop in store and online at If it says I’m cheaper you know it’s staying cheaper.

The Shop

Armed with eighty pounds in Morrison's vouchers and my reuseable bags, I set off to buy food for a family barbecue, picnic, top up food for the week and some household essentials.  

Like most parents, I admit to knowing the prices of my shopping staples which I usually buy at Tesco (purely because this is the closest store to me) so I looked forward to seeing if the food that we regularly buy really was going to be cheaper.

The "cheaper" items are well advertised and there are "I'm Cheaper" signs next to them to make it super easy to spot a bargain.

These disposable barbecues are great value to bring to the beach or woods if you don't have a bucket or portable barbecue.

I was very impressed with these vegetables in the Mix and match for £1.50 section.  I always think of pineapples as a luxury or treat fruit but at fifty pence in this offer, they are a real bargain.

Garlic is five pence cheaper than in most supermarkets.  

The fresh bread rolls are great value and I was also pleased to see that they were well stocked up.  So often when it comes to Barbecue season rolls are hard to come by and sell out really quickly.

For our big family barbecue we bought two big packs of 18 bread rolls (11p each) and two packs of 6 finger rolls (16p each).  

M Savers Burgers come in at 13p each, but we "splashed out" with the everyday Morrison's Beef burgers for 25p each.  We know how to live the high life!

My sister and I are vegetarian so we were interested in the variety and price of the Morrison's Meat Free Range.  Our burgers came in at the same price as the meat ones, 25p each.

I love to enjoy a glass or two of bubbly so I'm always comparing the price of Cava.  I was slightly disapponted that Morrison's Cava was £5.49, 24 pence more than I normally spend on my favourite tipple.  I would have liked to have seen an "I'm Cheaper" sign here, but I realise that Cava is not an essential (I know this shocks me too!) item so I can live with that!

Luckily, this box of Budweiser put the smile back on my face.  Twenty bottles for £13, saving me £3 that I would have spent in other shops which more than made up for the loss on the Cava.

Isabelle loved all the balloons celebrating the new "I'm Cheaper" Morrisons.  Most tills were open and I was happy to join a short queue as I like to have time to load my shopping on the conveyor belt.

Our check out operator was very happy and helpful.  As well as saving money by buying everyday "cheaper" items, I also saved £2.51 in offers, which was good considering I hadn't been looking out for instore offers, just buying what we needed.  We were pleased to be given some balloons!

I was also given a Fuel Saver voucher which came in handy when I re-fueled!

The Barbecue

Our Bank Holiday Barbecue took place at Mum's house the day after our friend's wedding. That is why we had deliberately gone for easy food, such as burgers and hot dogs.

We were really lucky that the weather was on side as that's one thing you can't buy and we had a lovely time.

I also restocked our tennis balls and bubbles from Morrisons ready to keep the kids entertained.

We had Bubbles for the grown ups too!

The meat barbecue. 

Hedwig the Owl tried to steal the Garden Bird food!

The kids played happily on the swing set- when they weren't arguing over whose turn it was, of course!

The Bargain Bottles of Bud!

I bought both the Morrison's Savers Cheese Singles as well as the Morrison's ones to compare and they tasted exactly the same so I will definitely just get them again next time at 6p per slice.

The veggy barbecue! 

We also had jacket potatoes, salads, pork ribs and veggy kebabs.  A huge feast as usual!

We had fun playing "Musical Chairs".

Rebecca may have fell over...but she won!  To have fallen over and lost would have been a completely different story!

Some cakes left over from the Wedding for pudding (thanks Emma!).

Cerys was delighted to lose her first tooth!  It was the same tooth that Caitlyn has recently lost so we have "Toothless Twin Cousins"!  

Dave made us his special Chocolate version of Tiramisu. Delicious!

I am going to blog this recipe and costings but have realised that I haven't taken the "Step by Step" photos that I will need.  Unfortunately this means he will have to make it for me us again!

Then the usual singing shows began.  We heard, "Let it go, Let it go-oh" quite a few times!

Danny sang Tenacious D's "Tribute".

Danny found an old umbrella in the Garden and despite it not raining (for a change on a Bank Holiday!) he thought it looked like a good "Singing in the Rain" type brolly!  I can't remember what we used to do for entertainment before we had the kids!


This is just the food and drink bought for the barbecue.  We also had picnic food and every day essentials.

Other bargains to point out are Tin Tomatoes, 31p (currently 25p each if you grab them fast enough!) and Non Bio Laundry Liquid, £2.69 (8p per wash).  Overall, I was really impressed with the quality and price of fruit and  veg.  I know Aldi and Lidl are competitively priced too for Fresh produce but I have to make an extra shop if I go there as I can never buy everything I need in one of their stores.  Wipes, nappies, toilet rolls, coffee and tea were all reasonable too.

The only two things that I spotted as costing more than my usual shop were Cava and Strong Bread Flour, so I really can't complain at all!

Cheers, Morrisons!  We had a great Bank Holiday barbecue and will be back again!

Yes, Danny thinks he is very clever when he does this to me in photos!

Morrisons provided us with vouchers to complete a Morrison's shop and be a #MorrisonsMum.


  1. Wow your BBQ looks amazing, as does Dave's pudding!

    I love how you've worked out the price for the whole burger, great idea. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

  2. Thanks! Yes, his puddings are too good- my figure is all down to him! ;-) Price of burger is easier to work out than most recipes lol x


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