With the cost of living rising, Manchester Evening News’ Emma Gill decided to put supermarket bargains to the test by buying a ‘scale load’ of Morrisons Savers items
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Absolutely everything seems to be getting more expensive these days as all of our household bills are increasing, council tax prices are increasing and even Food seems to cost more.
So it makes sense that many shoppers would be on the lookout for bargains when getting their weekly groceries.
But are some of the cheaper options really worth buying? Last month we looked at groceries Asda’s Smart Price range to feed a family of four for under £50.
And now Emma Gill, Parents Editor of the Manchester evening news has put Morrisons’ Savers range to the test.
Emma bought a bunch of Savers products for just £26.46 and was pleasantly surprised with most of the products she tried.
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She wrote: “The wobbly fruit and veg is clearly a hit – there was absolutely nothing left of the whopping 750g packs of £1.19 peppers and the 69p packs of wobbly apples seemed to be just as popular.
“Wonky grapes – at 99p for a 400g pack – didn’t look half as good as the 500g packs of the usual seedless Morrisons grapes, but if you don’t want enough of them to sell the two for 3 Using £, the difference in taste is probably not worth paying the extra (especially if they’re at the bottom of a lunch box half the time).
“Aside from the Savers brand, Morrisons’ other budget brands include Woodheads and Greenside for things like meat and cheese, and Stephenson’s Bakery for cheaper bread and cakes.
“Unfortunately we weren’t able to try the £1 pack of eight Greenside sausage rolls as they sold out during our late Wednesday night visit (there’s an issue here) but we did try the brand’s pork pies. They were a little boring but at 85p for a four pack you’re hardly going to get Melton Mowbray quality.
“However, the £1.45 cheese and bacon quiche was anything but bland. A slice (or two) was an ideal midday snack, but the whole could easily make a meal with some veggies or salad and maybe jacket potatoes.”
As well as the cheese and bacon quiche, Emma was also a fan of Savers’ frozen mini sausage rolls, which retail at £1 for a 700g pack, six free-range eggs for just 50p and a giant 1kg tub of butter spread were available for £1.38.
She noted that there were plenty of other closet basics that cost “equal or almost enough” to Aldi and Lidl, such as 1kg bag of rice, 500g bag of pasta and chopped tomatoes.
“The huge £3.50 1kg bag of frozen mince filled two meals – a spaghetti bolognese and a chili – and you couldn’t really tell it was pork and beef and not just our usual beef . In comparison, Aldi’s frozen mincemeat costs £3.59 for a kg, but that’s more beef than the mix,” Emma continued.
Despite the lack of fancy packaging, as everything mostly comes with a plain white tag, Emma admits that most groceries are no different from the pricier options she’s bought in the past.
As such, she has no regrets about not trying budget ranges like Savers sooner.
Emma added: “If you can stop by [the packaging] and realizing how much you’re getting for your money, and that a lot of it doesn’t taste that different than what you would normally buy, you could just make a few barter deals that stick. I won’t be buying all of them again – the crumpets were edible with the jam but would be pretty tasteless on their own – but I do regret the fact that I didn’t try the budget ranges sooner.
“The 100g bar of Savers white chocolate at just 30p is worth the trip, as are the packs of 20 milk chocolate digestive bars at £1.30 – possibly my new favorite biscuit.
“Even the cashier praised the Savers 700g variety packs of custard creams, bourbons, malted milk and shortcakes as she spun them through the checkout.
“She could work there but I think it’s good advice we all need to heed. Can you really afford not to do it?”
Have you tried the Savers range? What’s your favorite budget purchase? Let us know in the comments below.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/shopping-deals/i-bought-loads-morrisons-savers-26562794 "Bought loads of Morrisons Savers items for £26.46 - I really regret it."