Post # 1
BF is all about saving money and buying store brand whenever possible. I also like to buy store brand when I can. But here lies the difference between us.
BF is willing to sacrifice taste in order to save a dollar or two. I am not. If the store brand doesn’t taste as good or better than the name brand, then I refuse to buy store brand.
Like Froot Loops, for example. BF bought the Walmart version and I tried it. It tasted awful to me. But he insists there’s no difference in taste.
Same with peanut butter. I buy the Jif brand. He buys store brand. Store brand does not taste as good as Jif, in my humble opinion.
So what about you? Are you like me or like my BF? What are some things you refuse to buy store brand?
Post # 3
The only thing I buy store brand for are things like toilet paper, paper towels, etc. Dh is the same.
Post # 4
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
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
@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 # 8
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
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
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
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@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
@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
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
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
Post # 15
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
@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!