‘I bought loads of Morrisons Savers items for £26.46 – I have some big regrets’

As the cost of living rises, Emma Gill from the Manchester Evening News decided to put supermarket bargains to the test by purchasing a ‘shedload’ of Morrisons Savers items

Emma’s big Savers shop

These days it seems absolutely everything is getting more expensive, with all our household utility bills going up, council tax prices hiking and even food seems to cost more.

So it makes sense that many shoppers would be on the lookout for bargains when they get their weekly groceries.

But are some of the cheaper options really worth buying? Last month we looked at food in Asda’s Smart Price range to feed a family of four for under £ 50.

And now Emma Gill, Parents Editor from the Manchester Evening News has put Morrisons’ Savers range to the test.

Emma bought a ‘shedload’ of Savers products for just £ 26.46 and she was pleasantly surprised with most of what she tried.

The whole lot cost £ 26.46


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She wrote: “The wonky fruit and veg is clearly a hit – there were none left at all of the whopping 750g packs of peppers for £ 1.19 and the 69p packs of wonky apples seemed just as popular.

“Wonky grapes – at 99p for a 400g pack – didn’t look half as nice as the 500g packs of the usual Morrisons seedless grapes, but unless you want enough of them to make use of the two for £ 3 offer, the taste difference probably isn’t worth paying the extra for (especially if half the time they’re found lingering at the bottom of a lunchbox).

“As well as its Savers brand, Morrisons’ other budget brands include Woodheads and Greenside for things like meats and cheeses and Stephenson’s Bakery for cheaper bread and cakes.

“Sadly we didn’t get to try the eight-pack of Greenside sausage rolls for £ 1 as they’d sold out during our late Wednesday night visit (there’s a theme here), but we did sample the brand’s pork pies. They were a bit on the bland side, but at 85p for a pack of four, you’re hardly going to get Melton Mowbray quality.

“The cheese and bacon quiche, however, at £ 1.45, was anything but bland. A slice (or two) was an ideal lunchtime snack, but the full thing could easily make a meal with some veggies or salad and maybe jacket potatoes.”

She was a big fan of the 30p white chocolate


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As well as the cheese and bacon quiche, Emma was also a fan of the Savers frozen mini sausages rolls, priced at £ 1 for a 700g packet, six free-range eggs for just 50p and a giant 1kg tub of buttery spread for £ 1.38 .

She noted there were lots of other cupboard basics that were priced at “the same or near enough” to Aldi and Lidl ones, like 1kg bag of rice, 500g bag of pasta and chopped tomatoes.

“The huge 1kg bag of frozen mince for £ 3.50 stretched to two meals – a spaghetti bolognese and a chilli – and you couldn’t really tell it was pork and beef rather than just our usual beef. In comparison, Aldi’s frozen mince is £ 3.59 for a kg, but that’s just beef rather than the mix, “Emma continued.

Despite the lack of fancy packaging, as everything mostly comes with a plain white label, Emma admits most of the food was no different to the pricier options she’s purchased in the past.

As such she’s not regretting not trying budget ranges like Savers sooner.

Emma added: “If you can see past [the packaging] and realize how much you’re getting for your money, and that actually much of it doesn’t taste that different to what you’d usually buy, you might just make some swaps that stick. I won’t be buying it all again – the crumpets were edible with the marmalade on but would be pretty much flavored on their own – but I’m regretting the fact that I didn’t try the budget ranges sooner.

“The 100g bar of Savers white chocolate for just 30p is worthy of a trip in itself, as are the packs of 20 milk chocolate digestive bars for £ 1.30 – potentially my new favorite biscuit.

“Even the cashier was praising the Savers 700g variety packs of custard creams, bourbons, malted milks and shortcakes as she whizzed them through the tills.

“She might work there, but I think it’s sound advice we all need to take on board. Can you really afford not to?”

Have you tried the Savers range? What’s your favorite budget buy? Let us know in the comments below.

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