(Closed) What brand name items do you spring for at the grocery store?

posted 9 years ago in Cooking
Post # 62
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m a Trader Joe’s girl, so… everything they have!

We get Jacque’s food there, DD loves their gluten free brownies, their olive oil and rosemary potato chips, the freeze dried strawberries and mango and the brown rice bread.

DH get the TJ’s Schezuan Beef skillet meals, swordfish, their cheese crunchies, frozen pizzas.

I am obsessed with their gluten free cookies, the Reserve Aged Cheddar (it’s the best cheese I’ve ever tasted, and DH is a chef!) their sparkling lemonade… yummmmmmm

Post # 63
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Maille dijon and grainy mustards, Charmin TP, Fage Greek yogurt, De Cecco pasta.

And on the rare occasion that we buy snacky or convenience foods (we try not to have it around because it makes us eat mindlessly and get lazy about cooking), Cape Cod chips and Amy’s frozen pizza.

Post # 64
1551 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Heinz ketchup 

Yoplait yogurt

Coke and Diet Coke – but will buy generic root beer, ginger ale, etc.

Miracle Whip

Land O’Lakes Spread with Sweet Cream


I think that’s about it.  I’m fine with most store-brand items, though there are a few I’ve found (through trial and error) that I don’t like as well.  My kids, however, prefer the Giant Eagle frosted flakes to Kellogg’s.

Post # 65
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@ohheavenlyday: I’m with you.  Canned vegetables (and only if they are WAY cheaper) and milk are about the only things I buy store brand of.

Post # 66
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

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@KatyElle: I got the most delicious Australian Cheddar at Whole Foods. I love cheese and have eaten quite a bit in my time, I swear it’s the best cheddar ever…

I keep coming up with more brand name things… I guess I’m a bit of a brand snob, but some things just don’t have a store brand. For instance, Trop50, orange juice with the 50/50 sugar/Stevia mix, doesn’t have a generic version that I’ve found. I tend to buy lots of things like that… Or the Sarah Lee 45 Calories and Delightful… no store version.

Post # 67
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@bakerella: OMG, you are KILLING me! Trying to wedding diet but man that PC white mac n cheese is SO FREAKIN GOOD.

Post # 68
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Spam.  I don’t care how they try to spin it, “luncheon meat” or “potted meat” will never taste the same.  I don’t know what part of the carcass Spam uses that the store brands don’t but we have an embargo on store brand Spam in our house.

Pet food.

Homeboys chips.

Lipton powdered iced tea.

Post # 69
11376 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think I am a money saving snob. We buy everything store brand. 😛 I think its because my mom bought everything store brand from the same store while I was growing up. If I taste something brand name I can tell the differance & oddly enough do not like it. 

Post # 70
2017 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I buy 3/4 brand-name stuff (including Cottenelle-who knew it was so popular???) And about 1/4 store brand products.

When I lived in LA, the Vons and Ralph’s store brands were awful.  In fact, those stores themselves were awful and I would set foot in one only if I had no other choice. But where I live now I have Hannaford and they have really good lines of products, including gourmet mustards and marinades. So yummy.

Post # 71
3600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I need to add another! Luzianne tea bags.

Post # 72
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

San Marzano tomatoes. 🙂

I don’t buy a ton of processed food, but when I do it’s generally brand. (Other stuff though, like hand soap, cotton balls, etc etc is all store brand.)

Post # 73
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I only do store brand (during “regular” grocery shopping) on stuff like paper plates, coffee filters, toilet paper, trash bags, milk and sometimes ibuprofin.

Food wise, it’s brand name all the way. Growing up my mom was a food snob and it’s rubbed off on me.

Post # 75
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@Taylor4: Those are the best tomatoes! When SO and I make pizza sauce or pasta sauce, San Marzanos are the only tomaters he’ll let us buy.

We also go for the Grey Poupon, Charmin TP (or sh*t tickets, as SO calls ’em), Kraft mac’n’cheese, Jif peanut butter, Chobani or Fage Greek yogurt, Good Earth teas, and name brand cereal (usually Total raisin bran). I’m also a snob about my soap (only Dove for me), and SO has his favorite oatmeal soap bar from Trader Joe’s. SO insists on the regular old green Dawn dish soap, and we usually buy name brand toothpaste too. Even though we buy brand names, we usually only buy what’s on sale.

Post # 76
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sargento Cheese


Playtex Tampons

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