Store brand versus name brand?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The only thing I buy store brand for are things like toilet paper, paper towels, etc.  Dh is the same. 

Post # 4
2233 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m fine with store brand stuff as long as it is similar to a name brand product. If the taste/functionality isn’t the same, I will gladly pay more for the name brand. 

Post # 5
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013



Salad dressings

Those are the three things that instantly popped to mind.

OMG and COFFEE! Mostly Mayonnaise and coffee. Otherwise I couldn’t care less. Love saving money 🙂

Post # 6
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@LadyBlackheart:  Like you, there are certain items I am okay with “splurging” on. For example, I find if you buy the cheap paper towels, you just end up using more to compensate. Also, certain store brand sauces taste terrible and I am not eating something that tastes terrible because it’s cheaper. I do love a sale on brand name items, but I sure won’t suffer in misery for cheap stuff 😛

Post # 7
28 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011


Toilet paper


Post # 8
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I find most store brand food is ok.  One time Europe’s Best was on sale so it was cheaper than the store brand.  The fruit was so bitter!!!

Kleenex (well actually Scotties) and paper towel are name brand only!

Post # 9
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Really depends. I have noticed that there is a difference in many generic products despite some people saying otherwise.

Stuff like ketchup I will always buy Heinz.

I buy name brand toilet paper.

I buy name brand beauty products.

I’ll buy the generic nail polish remover and garbage bags, though to name a couple of things. It’s really a combination for us I guess.

I will buy the name brand ibuprofen (Advil)… the generic just doesn’t cut it for me for some reason. I’ve tried.

I also look out for coupons, though, and end up saving money there. The way I see it is if spending less sacrifices quality or taste then it’s not worth it. You get what you pay for.

Post # 10
6447 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m like you. I’ll buy some stuff store brand but I won’t sacrifice taste. Peanut butter is one of them! I only eat Jif. And tissues- I hate generic tissues.

Post # 11
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@LadyBlackheart:  I buy mostly store brand but if there is a major difference in quality or taste, I buy the name brand.  I also prefer name brand peanut butter because I think it tastes better.  But I have no problem eating store brand jam.

Post # 12
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  You two sound just like us!  FI insists on buying everything store brand and the manager’s specials from Kroger (the stuff that expires that day and is discounted).  The only store brand I buy is Publix or else it’s a national brand.  I love almost everything Publix brand; I won’t compromise mostly on soda and cereal. 

Post # 13
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Things I will not buy generic/store brand of … Ketchup (Heinz), soda, TP (Scott’s), laundry detergent (Tide) … everything else I could care less.

Post # 14
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

OP, I am with you.  I buy store brand plenty but if I know a brand tastes better or prefer the brand name I will buy that.

FI buys the generic stuff almost always.  But he never grocery shops so it really doesn’t matter Smile

Post # 15
1470 posts
Bumble bee

Food I usually will only buy the name brand. It might be mental…but I can’t help it lol. The things that come to mind where I’ll buy the store brand (usually Up Target brand) are contact solution (the name brand is soooo expensive…kills me) and nail polish remover lol.


Post # 16
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  Store brand peanutbutter tastes like crap. Really, it does!

I agree– 90% of stuff I’m fine with the store brand. But never, ever peanutbutter!

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