I love doing the weekly shop as I leave the children with hubby and get to go off all on my own. No nagging, shouting or random goods ending up in the trolley (and that's just the other half!). I had visited this Morrisons in the past so had some idea of my way around. I went late Saturday afternoon and it was fairly quiet.
When I walked into the store I noticed lots of yellow signs everywhere.
Morrisons have cut their prices on over a thousand products, so if something is marked as 'I'm cheaper' then the price is staying down. This type of campaign appeals to me far more than the short term offers as I haven't got to worry about stocking up when the offers are on, but instead can be safe in the knowledge that the prices are going to stay low.
I usually complete a meal plan every week and shop to a budget, but I have to admit to getting a bit excited at a new shop with vouchers to spend ahead of a bank holiday, so I did pick up a lot of the offers that I saw when walking around the store.
I loved all of the fruit and vegetables on Market Street and got lots of great offers there. There were lots of items for 69p each, or 3 for £1.50 and I got a bag of baking potatoes, a tray of tomatoes and a big bag of carrots at this price. Fantastic price.
The fish counter looked beautiful and so fresh, and though I didn't buy anything from there on this occasion I definitely would in future.
I got my whole chicken and the rest of the items to cook a bank holiday roast for the family. I did have to ask a member of staff where to find the goose fat (a must have for my roasties), and was really happy with the service I received. I found a member of staff quickly, she was polite and chatty and took me to find exactly what I needed, before asking if I needed help with anything else.
The product pricing was very clear in most cases, with lots of products having the price clearly indicated on the packaging, though there were just a couple of items that I picked up where I couldn't see a price on the packet or the shelf, and that put me off buying. I like to have some idea of what I'm spending as I shop so won't usually purchase an item if I can't see a price.
I was pleased with the layout of the store, and other than the goose fat, was able to find everything I needed easily. I went to the checkouts and only two of the larger checkouts were open so there were some queues building up. I was disappointed that no other checkouts were opened, as though the store was quiet, everyone must have headed for the checkout at the same time and people were starting to queue into the aisles. I waited to about five minutes before being served myself.
I was served quickly and efficiently, and was offered help with packing. Again, the service was great. The customer behind me was using a mobility scooter and when she asked to help with unloading her items, and packing, a member of staff came quickly, which was great to see. The standard of the service alone would make me want to return to Morrisons in future and I think that Morrisons in Neath should be proud of their staff members.
I did spend a bit more than I normally would on a weekly shop, though part of this were that some offers were so good that I thought I'd stock up, so it's unlikely that I'll have to do a big shop for two weeks. I normally shop around to get the best offers from different stores, but found Morrisons to be of a good price overall, and it was nice to do all of my shopping in one store for a change.
Our Bank Holiday Roast
1 large whole chicken
2.5kg white potatoes
1 heaped spoonful Goose fat (for the roast potatoes)
1 tbsp Cornflour (for the gravy)
I roasted the chicken according to the clear directions on the packet and it was so tender that it fell apart when I was trying to carve it. Delicious. I parboiled some potatoes before roasting in the goose fat. The remainder of the potatoes were boiled and then mashed, and the carrots and broccoli were steamed. To make the gray I added a tablespoon of cornflour to the chicken juices, some chicken stock for flavouring, the water from the potatoes and some gravy browning to add colour. A beautiful bank holiday roast dinner that all of the family enjoyed.
This meal worked out at cost of £9.18 which is just under £1.84 per person (family of 5). There was also a good portion left over and hubby had two servings so this could be reduced even further. That is amazing value for great quality food.
The children finished off their meal with a bowl of Morrisons Mint Choc Chip ice cream and a glass of cloudy lemonade and I think it's easy to see that they all enjoyed it.