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7/7/13 1:46 P

I use a lot more generic now than I used to. I can't seem to find a generic paper towel that I can live with though.

7/7/13 8:58 A

I will buy generic organic produce and TP at the store. I love Dr. Bronners soap for washing and cleaning.

I buy shampoo and conditioner made by a local producer without all kind of harmful ingredients. I brush my teeth with healing clay. I use a Diva cup and cloth feminine products. I use handkerchiefs instead of facial tissue.

In the end it's the ingredients list not the brand that determines whether I buy something.

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7/7/13 7:58 A

Generic is a store brand that is 9 times out of 10 is a brand name that the store is able to sell under its own name. The stores are able to keep the price low because they do not spend money on advertising or pay for high value shelving.

Farm Fresh (local grocery store) sells generic bread and it's directly from Nature's Own for over a dollar cheaper!

I love generic! Farm Fresh also offers 10% off their store brands to military members and senior citizens!

GENERIC MEDICATIONS are by law to be the EXACT same as the brand name! No brainer!

Read labels! Try new items here and there! Save money! We all have favorites that there are no substitutes for.... Colgate Total, Dawn Dishsoap (my husband bought Target brand "dawn" dishsoap, and it was actually REALLY good!)

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7/7/13 7:27 A

Some generic items are actually big name brands but with a generic label.
Some generic foods don't taste good in my opinion and some taste fine or even a few selected I have found I liked better. Over the counter meds, milk and so on are usually fine for generic if you compare labels.

DWSCHUYLER Posts: 1,135
7/7/13 7:15 A

Wow! I didn't realize that I don't buy generics now that there are only 2 of us! We used to buy only generics all the time when our kids were home. Plus, we buy a lot more fruits and vegetables now, as opposed to all the frozen foods, etc.

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7/7/13 2:09 A

There are a handful of things I won't substitute for generics. But these days everything is so costly, what's a girl to do?

My favs : Dawn Dish Liquid

I can't Believe it's Not Butter (light)

Heinz Ketchup

Barilla Pasta

Skippy's Natural Peanut Butter

Everything else is fair game. Someone mentioned oatmeal and I have found that Target's store brand is actually better and chunkier (with apples and the texture of the oatmeal more natural, than Quakers' ) I think its Market Pantry , brand.

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7/7/13 12:49 A

There are a few things I won't buy generic in, but most things I am all about the store brand.

Heinz Ketchup
French's Mustard
Hellman's Mayo
Contidina Tomato Paste
Delgrosso's Spaghetti Sauce (locally owned company)

Everything else... I buy whatever is the cheapest.

When it comes to baking, I will only use Great Value Peanut Butter. I find that it has the best texture for baking and my stuff doesn't turn out as well with other brands.

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7/6/13 11:13 P

whatever is on sale

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7/6/13 10:41 P

generic all the way

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7/6/13 10:26 P

There are a couple things: my salsa, my ketchup and mustard, my feminine needs, and my dish soap that I won't buy generic. But almost everything that comes into my house is generic or second hand, from food to medicine to clothes. Why pay more when the generic is basically the same thing.

Edited by: EMMYERS76 at: 7/6/2013 (22:28)
ANARIE Posts: 13,185
7/6/13 6:46 P

For me, it depends on the product and on how much the price difference is.A lot of what I buy isn't branded (grains & beans from the bulk bins, produce, etc) or there's only the store brand (milk and eggs.) Where there are options, the price matters a lot. I bought generic oatmeal because it was 1/3 the price of Quaker! But if the difference is just a penny or two, I'll buy the "better" brand just to feel like I'm splurging on a luxury. I used to buy a particular brand of canned tomato products over others just because it had a prettier label and it made my cupboards look nicer.

I did recently have a spell when I miscalculated my savings and didn't have enough money to carry me until my next job started, and literally every penny mattered. I only had to shop once during that time, but I bought all generics. And you know what? Some of the stuff was better than name brand! The generic peanut butter tasted more like peanuts than most other kinds I've had, the generic whole-grain cereal had a better texture, and the marinara sauce had less (maybe no) sugar and tasted more like tomatoes.

Where I live now, I'm actually starting to buy store brands of some things even when they're not cheaper. This is a really isolated area, and national brands come from a long way away. The store brands seem to be fresher.

I'm a little pickier about non-foods, actually. I've noticed that generic or super-cheap shampoo and laundry detergent, for example, doesn't last as long. It's not a bargain if you pay 30% less but have to use 50% more.

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7/6/13 2:13 P

My husband is a total snob and refused to eat anything I buy from Aldi. Well, at Aldi you bag your own grocery's so I started taking my whole food grocery bags there and he assumes its all from whole food.


LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
7/6/13 1:57 P

I buy lots of generic/store brand food items. There isn't much difference in most products to me and it saves money.

SONICB Posts: 4,378
7/6/13 10:45 A

I've found that sometimes the generic brands are *healthier* than the name brands! I can't remember specific examples at the moment, but there have been moments where I'll compare ingredients lists, and the name brand will have "partially hydrogenated _____" and have 1-2 grams of trans fats per serving... whereas the generic brand won't use "partially hydrogenated ____" and will have 0 grams. (Actually, I remember now--Pillsbury cinnamon rolls vs. Kroger brand!)

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7/6/13 9:17 A

I mostly always buy generics unless the name brand is on sale....

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
7/6/13 9:12 A

I go store brands most of the time.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/6/13 8:25 A

I just think it is a personal preference, really.

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
7/6/13 8:23 A

I do buy generic. But there are a few things that I like the brand name better.

FLIPCHICK14 Posts: 2,343
7/6/13 8:04 A

I usually buy whichever is cheaper. But there are certain instances where generic is not as good. Also, there are definitely times where sales combined with coupons means the brand name product is cheaper. I am all about getting the cheaper product-- as long as it's something that I like.

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7/5/13 3:28 P

Seeing as how most generics are made at the same factory as the name brands, I buy whatever I can find at the best price using sales, coupons and in store promotions.

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7/5/13 2:59 P

I usually buy whatever is cheapest, or on sale. I only avoid generic brands if I know I don't like the quality.

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7/5/13 1:57 P

DH does the grocery shopping and cooking (yes I know how lucky I am -- been married 23 years) and he will buy generic bulk items yet for fresh fruit and veg it stays that way! FRESH. We have a store called Loblaws in Ontario and they have a whole line of BLUE MENU products which are health specific ie., low sodium, low fat, lots of fibre etc...DH tends to purchase a ton from that line ie. breads, meat etc.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,371
7/5/13 12:52 P

there are very few brand items that would not pass a blind taste test with flying colors.
(Hellman's Mayo being one).
Companies pay a lot of money to sell their brand name as being better
but for Most things that really isn't the case.
I save At Least 35% on most items just for buying generic brands.
And since I avoid processed foods, the choice is even easier for me.

I prefer generic frozen's frozen can it be different?
My one quirk is shopping at the busiest supermarkets where I know the turnover guarantees me fresher items...and I still check dates

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 7/5/2013 (13:00)
GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
7/5/13 12:49 P

Exactly, love4kitties. Wegman's organic baby spinach (ate the whole 32 ounces in two days, btw. OMG! YUM!) is just as good as Taylor Farms...and $2 cheaper.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
7/5/13 12:47 P

I buy whatever is the least expensive, so long as I cannot tell the difference. Why waste money? I'd rather keep the money and save it or use it for something else. Generic oats taste just the same as Quaker oats, etc. Generic ibuprofen will treat my headache just the same as Aleve.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 7/5/2013 (12:48)
GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
7/5/13 12:46 P

Some of the store brand items are better than the national brands. Some are not. I get as many store-brand as I can, but when it comes to feminine hygiene, the delicate balance of my vag needs name-brands. Toothpaste, laundry soap, fabric softener, foods? Wegman's brand all the way.

7/5/13 12:46 P

ah-HA! I just realized that I do have one name brand item that I'll get EXCLUSIVELY:
Vicks' SINEX 12 hour decongestant ultra fine mist nasal spray

No other will do

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7/5/13 12:43 P

mom is pretty much a name brand only person. Even on oatmeal. Seriously, I cannot tell the difference at all between Quaker Oats and the store brand. But mom won't even try it.

For me, it depends on the item. I'll give store brands or generics a try. Kroger and Publix both have a good store brand for most items. And many store brands offer a 100% return policy if you do not like the item.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
7/5/13 12:35 P

Hmmm, I don't think it's because you're a guy, since my partner is even more of a food snob than I am! We couldn't care less about the "name" or the packaging - it's all about the taste, the quality, and the source.

Fish has to be wild caught and we want to know where from, we're careful where fruits and veg come from (not unusual for us to be quizzing the folks at the farmers' market), and there are some things that we stock up on because they're only available at an out-of-the-way health food store.

There are some things where we're happier with the generic, or where there's no taste or supply difference that will influence what we buy, so we'll choose those based on price. Our choices generally do cost more, but this is an area of our lives that is important to both of us, so we choose to spend extra money here. Clothes, furnishings, entertainment, or whatever else are not as high on our priority list, so we prefer to cut costs there instead.

I don't know about having "standards", but we definitely go with our preferences and priorities!

7/5/13 11:16 A

I am always open to trying generic foods, especially canned goods, to compare them to name brands. In some cases, the name brand is better, but I'd have to say that there are many generic brands that are better than the more expensive foods. For instance, we eat a lot of canned potatoes because they are easy to fry up for breakfast, and the amount is the right size for two of us. Kroger brand from Fry's, and the generic brand from Safeway are so much better than a couple of the big name brands, plus when on sale, they can be half the cost. Many canned beans taste better or equal to the more expensive brands, as well as canned vegetables. I'm not into boxed or processed foods, so I can't say much about these, but I do buy store-brand dairy products because I really can't tell the difference sometimes from the higher priced things.

Any way to save money for our blessed retirement is a good thing!

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
7/5/13 11:10 A

Mostly I'm happy with generics, but there have been a couple times that I purchased a generic, wasn't happy, and switched back to a brand name. Oatmeal is one instance, I prefer a particular brand. But it's gone the other way too! Once there was a brand-name popcorn on sale for less than the store brand, & I thought I would try it, and it sucked! Now I'm back to the generic on that, too.

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7/5/13 11:03 A

I will pick and choose between generic/store brands and name brands. I will always be loyal to certain name brands, but other stuff not so much. It's all a matter of taste to me. emoticon

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/5/13 10:30 A

I generally don't buy generics in food, but with stuff like over the counter (or prescription) meds, paper products, just about anything, I do tend to go with generics as long as the quality seems okay, which it usually is.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,092
7/5/13 10:21 A

It depends on the item. some things I will only buy brand name (and a particular brand name) other things store or generic brand is fine.

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7/5/13 10:11 A

I try the generic or store brands of most everything, and usually I'm happy with it and choose to save money that way, over buying expensive store brands. Of course this is the way my mother did things and she was very good at stretching the dollar.

I can afford to buy what I want or like though, and there are some foods that I find are not as good, in the store brand. For example, Campbells canned soups (probably a no-no to most here anyway because of processing and sodium content, but I will say I like the taste and if I buy canned soup, it will usually be Campbells.

I've known plenty of people whom I thought were "snooty" about buying the name brand of anything. My husband used to be one of them, but he has come my way a lot in the past 18 years of our marriage.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
7/5/13 10:00 A

I can't afford the brand name stuff. I always buy generic for food, and second hand for clothes. I live modestly and I'm fine with that.

I know there's quite a difference in price range from the brand name to generic and I also know that overall the quality isn't much different.

Just my experience.

7/5/13 9:57 A

Seriously, this use to be my motto and of course I was broke as a result.

But because I'm a guy maybe food varying in taste or how the food is packaged doesn't mean much to me anymore so I buy a lot of generic brands from medicines to oatmeal to canned tuna. My grocery bill has gone way done and I am thinking it's because I dropped my snooty attitude towards generic or store brand items.


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