(Closed) Store brand versus name brand?

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Post # 32
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@bebero:  And good quality! Unfortunately we’re moving away to Baltimore in about 2 weeks and I’m not really sure what good stores are around there. 

I also wanted to add that I don’t buy store brand beauty products. Even nail polish remover, I buy the undiluted pure kind so it works way better. 

Post # 33
427 posts
Helper bee

I don’t have a problem with store brand anything. Although, I do prefer to buy Hidden Valley Ranch instead of any other brand (especially generic). I also don’t go cheap when it comes to laundry soap, dryer sheets and all of my bathroom essentials. But as far as food is concerned, I don’t think I am too specific when it comes to brands.

Post # 34
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I usually grocery shop at Giant Eagle.. and I buy their Giant Eagle brand stuff a lot.. and I haven’t found anythnig yet I don’t like. Some things (ketchup, cereal, chips) I only buy name brand, and pretty much only because Darling Husband would throw a fit if I didn’t get “the right stuff.” I’m open to trying generic brand things, worse comes to worse you pitch it & buy the name brand.

Post # 35
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It really depends. I’m happy to buy store barnd canned veggies/spices/AP flour/and meat (Our KRoger has an awesome meat counter) but I won’t so salad dressing/TP/Paper towles/or detergent (I have to buy a specific brand because Darling Husband is allergic to most of the big names like Tide and Ultra)

Post # 36
2480 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My shopping habits are kind of one extreme to the other! Only my regular supermarket is the fairly high end Waitrose (of which I cannot think of a US alternative except perhaps Wholefoods) where I buy all our foodstuffs. However for many non-perishable goods I use the budget priced Aldi and I can honestly say that a whole lot of their own brand products are equal to or superior to name brands.

It’s things like mayo/ketchup/cereals/soup/jams and preserves that never, ever, taste as good as named brands though and I won’t compromise on them. 

Post # 37
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  If the store brand doesn’t taste as good or better than the name brand, then I refuse to buy store brand. 

Troof. I’m fine with store brand. In a lot of cases, I prefer it. However, if something tastes like crap, it’s name brand all the way.

Post # 38
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ketchup there is no other brand i will spend $ on other than Heniz . go ahead call me a ketcup snob lol!

Syran wrap.  DH bought store brand and it should be called useless plastic crsp that doesn’t work ! 

we rarely but Oj but if we do, must be store brand 

Post # 39
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m absolutely fine with most things as pervious posters have stated. The only items so far I have found lacking in quality compared to the name brand are: Mayonnaise, Baked Beans, Tissues.


Post # 40
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I try to make sure as many items in my cart as possible are store brand.  I wasn’t always this way – when I was a kid, I had a big stick up my butt regarding which brands were “trustworthy” (i.e. only the expensive ones) but I underwent a big change of heart once I started paying for my own groceries.  Now I’m the one putting store brand stuff in the cart if I happen to go shopping with my parents during a visit home.

We do 99% of our grocery and household shopping at Copps (Roundy’s brand), Hyvee, or Target (Up & Up and Market Pantry), and I’ve had good experiences with all of their store brands.  

I have some exceptions, of course:
– Roundy’s alfredo sauce tastes like glue (but Hy-vee is OK)
– Roundy’s refrigerated tortellini pales in comparison to Buitoni
– Fiance was extremely put off by the Roundy’s potato chips (but Market Pantry is OK)
– I had good luck with Roundy’s caffeine-free diet cola until I got a batch that tasted overwhelmingly of vanilla extract, but I stopped buying pop altogether so it hasn’t been an issue
– I find Target’s toilet paper to be pretty meh, so I stick with Scott

I actually like Roundy’s Honey Graham Crunch cereal WAY more than Golden Grahams.  

If there isn’t a store-brand equivalent to a product we use, I’m fine with buying the name-brand, unless it’s outrageously expensive.  I’ll sometimes to go a different store when I know they have a decent store-brand option (i.e. Hy-vee doesn’t make boxed cous cous mixes, but Roundy’s does).  Sometimes a name brand is cheaper than the store brand (case in point: Red Gold salsa).

Post # 41
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I agree with pp’s I have no problem buying store brand but only if it tastes good if it sucks then I want what does taste good. I am particular on shampoo,conditioner,tp,dish soap,laundery soap etc. Mostly household items but with food I am open to store brand.

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