Name brand vs. Store brand

United States
April 18, 2007 7:40am CST
We live on a budget. So whenever possible we try to by the store brand items. But then there are a few things that no matter what I have to by the name brand. Like mayo, the store brand stuff just doesn't taste right. I will only by Kraft Mayo. If you think about it, some things there is really no difference between them. Canned vegetables are a prime example. A vegetable is a vegetable no matter what brand you buy. They are all grown the same way. So why spend the extra money to buy the name brand when the store brand taste the exact same way. So when you go shopping. Do you buy store brand or name brand? Are there certain things that no matter what you will not buy the store brand? What are some of the things that you will only buy the name brand and what things do you prefer to buy the store brand?
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I am exactly the same way as you are. there are a few things that I will buy brand names, but I would say 90% of what I buy is the store brand. If in doubt that they are the same thing...just look at the ingredient list. Are the ingredients in the same order? Are they the same ingredients? Then, there you are...it's the same thing. :)
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• United States
19 Apr 07
Thanks for the tip on looking at the ingredients. I will definitly start doing that when I do my shopping.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
18 Apr 07
Almost everything we buy is store brand, we don't find the quality to be any less than the name brands, plus we're saving quite a lot of money this way. Our supermarket also gives a 5 percent discount on all their products if you have their (free) loyalty card, this is also of course a big incentive to continue to buy their products.
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• United States
19 Apr 07
Boy, I sure wish Wal-mart would have a loyalty card. That sure would save me more money.
@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
18 Apr 07
We buy store brand whenever possible as well. But II agree, there are some things that just don't taste the same and you have to buy brand name . Heinz ketchup for example, Oreos and pizzas just aren't the same. Most other things I buy store brand, like diapers I like to buy Costco brand, they are cheaper and are made by Huggies!
• United States
19 Apr 07
I am not picky when it comes to ketchup. But of course I don't eat a whole lot of ketchup to begin with. Been too long on the Oreos so not to sure if the store brand is just as good. And as far as the pizza goes, nothing is better than or as good as Pizza Hut!!!
@dawnrm69 (1174)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I am like you Iwe are on a budget too I think alot of people are these days! But I get the store brand a few I get the name brand but like you said aloto of it does taste the same. Hey where ya save money on a couple things you can afford the name brand item.
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@juicemilk (2291)
• Australia
19 Apr 07
we often but the store brands, as not only are they cheaper but they always seem to be on special as well. They are a few things I won't buy store brand for though, like tomato sauce and baked beans, I will only buy watties or heinz! Everything else just doesn't taste as good. Also some of the cheaper brands of soft drinks can taste a bit funny
• United States
19 Apr 07
I agree with you on the sodas. But there have been a couple of times were I have gotten the name brand because it was on sale and made it cheaper than the store brand or I had a coupon that made it cheaper.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I agree that certain products are different when generic. I also agree with your mayo preference. I actually prefer generic mac and cheese over kraft. A lot of times I read the ingredient labels and it's the same exact thing! I'm a coupon freak and use those to save money on name brands.
• United States
19 Apr 07
Thats funny my 4 year old son (who hates cheese) will only eat the wal-mart brand thick and creamy mac and cheese. Not sure why but I have tried every kind and that is the only one he will touch.
• United States
18 Apr 07
I am like you, we are on a severe budget! lol So I am constantly looking for good deals. I will always buy the store brand except for toilet paper, pasta, and pop. Those are about the only things that I will not buy store brand of. Anything else is basically up for grabs when it is a better bargain than the name brand stuff. Basically I feel that if the name brand items can't start offering their stuff for cheaper I most likely will buy even more store brand stuff than ever before. lol For some reason though, I am hung up on Angel Soft toilet paper. Don't ask me why, but I am.
• United States
19 Apr 07
LOL! Toilet paper doesn't make a difference to me as long as it works. Soda, well I have actually aquired a taste for the store brand.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
18 Apr 07
It is very seldom that I buy the name brand. I have found that the name brand company is probably the same company that is packaging the store brands. As we saw with the peanut butter. Peter Pan peanut butter packaged the Wal -mart Great Value brand. I go more by the amount of salt and sugar that in the product than the name. Oh, I can’t stand real Mayonnaise or the brand Kraft. To me it tastes rancid. I prefer the store brand of salad dressing for sandwich spreads
• United States
19 Apr 07
Sorry, I have tried the store brand mayo and I just can't manage to get myself to eat it more less make my family eat it. But thanks for sharing your opinion with me.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Im on a budget too. And I will often try out the store brand items alot. and if I like them then yes I will buy them all the time.LOL I agree with you on the mayo it just doesnt taste right. Its always good to save alittle money here and there if you can.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
19 Apr 07
We too live on a budget. I always buy store brand products too. The only thing that I insist on name brand for is soup. I have to have my campbells soup. We do most of our shopping at a discount store called Aldis. They are much cheaper.
@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
hi! We live on a budget too, that is why whenever we can we always buy the cheaper altenative but if it doesn't taste good then we find another one. In our country store brands are often the cheaper alternative to name brands, though sometimes the quality aren't that good. For example buteer, we alwasy buy anchor or dairy creme, if we'll bu the store brand butter for sure no one will use it because it tastes different. The laundry detergent is a different story, no one will really care if we use tide or the store brand, as long as the clothes are clean we're all happy.
@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
19 Apr 07
I agree absolutely that we live usually not just on a budget, but on a tight one too! Brand names are fanky-they are also ostentitious, how much you have in terms of disposable income determines whether you are a name brand person or a store brand consumer. I know of certain politicians who have fallen into ill-gotten wealth and are never seen to consume anything short of a brand name! With my little budget, sometimes I get pleasantly surprised when I in my store brand items seem smarter than them! You ask them where they bought their shirts, they will tell you they shopped the same from UK. But you in a shirt bought from a local store appear to be smarter!
@rx4life (1933)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I by both in some products like you..but when it comes to bread, lunch meat, sour cream, mayonaise,mustard, sugar, flour, canned soups, cereal and cheese I am a brand only person!!! They are mostly the same but some of the cheaper brands use lesser quality ingredients and it does reflect in their product...some things are the same...I buy alot of organic foods so then I am picky about the brand..some are better companies more concerned about the environment and that is important to me!!
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Usually I don't care if its store brand, its usually just as good. Sometimes though there are products that just aren't as good when they are store brand. I've used deoderants and eye drops and stuff like that that are poorly made and do not work as well as their slightly more expensive counterparts. Food is usually about the same quality, but it may not look as nice or be prepared as well.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Most things I will by the generic on. I just can't see paying teh brand name for on most of them. Now Macaroni and Cheese I prefer the generic and won't by Kraft at all. I do not like the Kraft version. There is one thing though I won't buy genric on only because I've had trouble with the generics and that's my soda pop. Many of the generics don't agree with me so I only buy name brand of that.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I also try to buy store brands whenever possible. I will have to say in all my years of shopping, store brands have really come up in quality over the years. It used to be that they came in a plain white can with black letters. Now, some store brands are as good, if not better than the exclusive name brand. I shop in Trader Joe's sometimes and I almost exclusively only buy their brand because their quality is so good. I probably most stick to name brands when it comes to things like salad dressing and certain snack and dessert foods.
• United States
18 Apr 07
I have to have certain things in name brand. Coffee, Heinz ketchup, toilet paper, Mayonaise, spaghetti sauce and soda. I'm sure there are a few more but those are the ones that come to mind right away. A lot of stuff, I don't mind buying store brand and other things there is a difference.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
18 Apr 07
I too live on a budget, and there are a few things I have to have, one is butter I hate margarine with a passion, so I won't buy it I will go with out first. and the second is coffee, I love coffee, and try to buy a store brand beans but they are $11.99 a kg. and I usually have to buy some thing like Folgers or the cheaper stuff I will buy Nabob coffee if it is available but my personal preference is still whole bean I grind myself/ The rest goes with the price.If there is less than a 5 cent difference and I am familiar with the brand name I will buy up but if the difference is around a dollar I buy the lower priced ones.
• United States
18 Apr 07
I'm the same way. My husband and I have 5 kids, so we definitely have to watch what we spend. There are several store brand products that are absolutely no different than name brand products as far as I'm concerned. The only difference seems to be the price. My kids drink store brand juice and soda, my baby uses store brand pampers and wipes (he's allergic to all the expensive, name-brand kinds anyway) and they eat all kinds of store brand snacks. We also eat the store brand bread. But there are things that I absolutely have to buy a certain brand of, such as my pasta sauce. I can't get generic, it has to be Prego. I have to have Crest toothpaste, Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner, Dove soap, and Charmine toilet paper. My husband thinks I'm just being picky, but there are certain things I just am not willing to make changes to.
• United States
18 Apr 07
Yes this is a way to save money in grocery items. The reason of being less priced of the store brand things is discount and elimination of some charges which other brands charge to be sold in other stores. So I don think that there is nothing bad in purchasing them.