Being a bank holiday Morrisons mum….

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A few weeks ago I received an email from the lovely ladies at  Britmums asking if I would like to be involved in a new campaign they were running with Morrisons supermarket for the May Bank Holiday weekend. I’ve been looking for some new inspiration to get my bum back into writing and updating this blog and this sounded like the perfect opportunity! I registered straight away and soon received £80 worth of vouchers to get our shopping in for the bank holiday. I was thinking of all the amazing barbecue food, salads and drinks we could get in to celebrate – unfortunately the lovely Scottish weather didn’t agree (at all!)  but we still got a trolley full of amazing (slimming world friendly!)  food!

Now, I’ll admit to being an avid Asda shopper. I always find them significantly cheaper than most of the other supermarkets, and when you’re buying for a family of 4 – price matters! I had seen the recent Morrisons “I’m Cheaper” campaign adverts and I was intrigued as to whether they really were going to match my usual prices and manage to keep the high quality they’re known for.

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This is the start of a new cheaper Morrisons.

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’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 morrisons.com.
If it says I’m cheaper you know it’s staying cheaper.

 

I was excited! We decided to head out on the bank holiday Monday, as Paul was working all weekend before hand and I wanted to head to a bigger Morrisons store about 15 minutes by car from our house.  We got to Morrisons Anchor Mills store at about lunch time and my first worry was that because it was a bank holiday Monday, we would be getting the dregs of the weekend stock. I was wrong. Every shelf was full with fresh produce which was a big tick for me!

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I was so impressed with everything on offer at Morrisons. The fresh produce department was absolutely massive! Along with the huge selection on the deli counters, fish counters, bakery section…it’s a foodies heaven! I noticed a massive change in the cost of their fruit and vegetables! 99p strawberries and raspberries were a massive win in this house! I also picked up a portion of smoked cod loin for only £2.66 which was an absolute bargain!

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We had to do a massive shop as we have not long returned from holidays and my fridge and freezer had turned itself off (grrrrrr!) and everything had to be thrown out. I was expecting to have to pay out around £180 to refill everything.

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Our final bill came to £113.81. And I have a full fridge, freezer and cupboards. I was amazed! I’ve done shops at Morrisons several years ago and found it really expensive, but I couldn’t believe the difference!

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Here’s a wee selection of some of the meals we had this week and the prices per person:

 

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Baked smoked cod loin with steamed rice and Mediterranean vegetables.

 

Cost per person (served 3) –  £1.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost per person (served 3) – 88p!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an amazing wee find for anyone following Slimming World – Morrisons Fresh Eats Sweet Chilli Chicken with noodles is only 2.5syns and tastes AMAZING! It’s also included in the 2 for £5 deal!

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Overall, I was seriously impressed with Morrisons. The produce was amazing and stayed fresh for most of the week. The selection of meats and fruit/vegetables is great and the bakery selection is amazing for anyone with a sweet tooth (although not so great if you’re on a diet!) I was so impressed, in fact, that I returned today for my weekly shop and I will be doing so for every big shop I do in future.

 

Well done, Morrisons! You definitely made a Morrisons Mum out of me!

 

*I was sent £80 worth of vouchers to spend instore at Morrisons. This post continues to contain my own honest thoughts and opinions as always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fat Fighting Friday – first week weigh in!

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Well, I have just completed my first week on the Slimming World plan. Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as much as I have this past week. The difference is it is now all healthy, home cooked meals and as I’m still in my honeymoon period with the old diet, the thought of a takeaway doesn’t appeal to me at all. Yay!

I still don’t have a clue how this plan works. I’ve been eating full plates of pasta, potatoes, meats, vegetables, a ridiculous amount of fruit, yoghurts until they’re coming out my ears…. and this week I’ve managed to lose (drum roll please….)

4.5lbs…. yes, that’s right….

FOUR AND A HALF POUNDS!!!

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Yes, that is disgusting. But that is no longer stuck to my backside so i am one extremely happy camper!! Some people might not think it’s alot, but that 4.5lbs also means that I’m now down into the next stone bracket which is lovely to see on the scales. It’s still a monstrous amount…but it’s less monstrous than last week so it’s smiles all round and right back to it!

This weeks plan is to start exercising, keep drinking loads of water and try to knock out a few new meals from the Slimming World website and the aim is to just keep the scales going down in the right direction.

I’ll be putting a couple of meal ideas and recipes on later today. If a novice (and seriously bad) cook like me can get a handle on this…i recommend it to anyone!

Like I said to my friend, I just can’t be arsed being fat anymore. So, it’s onwards and downwards from here….

SMILE!

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The Southside Girl x