Confession - I switch the ...

fruit loops - cereral - fruit loops - generic or name brand?
@ebsharer (5518)
United States
November 6, 2008 9:41am CST
Fruit loops! My husband loves fruit loops - I don't want to spend $4.59 on a box when I can spend $3.99 on a bag of the generic and get twice as much. So I buy the generic and put it in the cereal container before he sees it. He thinks I buy name brand! I do this with more then just the cereal! Do you ever switch a name brand for a generic and not let any one know? Do you have any other food confessions???
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Awww that is sneaky ... but clever lol I do that too ... we need to watch our expenses ... I also sneak in vegetables or "healthy choices" in the food i prepare, ... like I will add vegetable in the spagetti sauce ... but first i put everything in the blender so noone notices ;-)) Or I had oatmeal to my homemade pancake (from the oatmeal cereals you can find in the baby aisle ... it's great to add to cakes and so on and you hardly notice the taste I also sneak in whole wheat pasta when I cook pasta, half white half brown, and if you pour a sauce on it noone will notice and your family has a healthy serving of whole grain :D Dont feel bad ..sneak in sneak in eh eh
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I won't tell on you if you don't tell on me!! LOL
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Deal ;)
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6 Nov 08
my mum swithed my beetroot and didnt tell me and i didnt even notice she did confess to it though
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
6 Nov 08
if he doesnt notice im not telling! i have been doing it so long he would probaly notice if i bought the real thing!!!
• Lubbock, Texas
6 Nov 08
I heard of doing this to fool the kids, but never the husband. Kudos! I live alone and I buy Nearly everything that I can store brand. There are a few things brand name that I've tried generic and found they just don't set well on my palate, but they are few and far between.
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
6 Nov 08
We have the issue with baked beans too! I have cans of Campbells in the panrty and store brand baked beans hidden! I use the store brand I couldn't tell you how long those Campbells cans have been in there! He thinks I am using them but I am really using the store brand! Since he doesn't shop or cook he doesn't realize there have been the same 2 cans of baked beans in the pantry for months!
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
6 Nov 08
By the way one thing I HAVE to have in name brand is Philedelphia cream cheese!!! I have tried every store brand out there and nothing compairs!!
@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
7 Nov 08
That's hilarious! I thought I was the only one who did that ... lol! My husband is against anything which is low fat, so I keep the high fat containers and put the low fat products into them. He's only ever noticed once. The cereal is a great idea!
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
LOL My mom does that to my dad too!!!
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@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
8 Nov 08
Just goes to show that your mom must be a very intelligent woman ... lol!!! Seriously, I really think it depends on the individual product as to which tastes better. Sometimes I think the generic brands are actually much nicer, but sometimes they are awful. A lot of it is trial and error, but when one's family is influenced simply by brand name packaging, why not do the big switcheroo when the cheaper product tastes the same or better?!
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
Ohhh sneaky. I've never switched the cereal. I've done it to coffee at work however or mixed some generic in with the name brand to make it last longer. The boss never notices lol
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I'm the only one at home that drinks coffee and I don't mind buying the name brand just because I only make it on the weekends so it lasts a long time! But thats a good idea!!!
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Actually we trained our kids to look for the generic brands instead of the name brands. They're most of what we use. It was a little more difficult to pound the fact that it tastes the same if it's shaped like Dora the Explorer or have Hanna Montana on the label but will cost half as much. With the savings over a few weeks you could actually buy a doll or something with the savings. Fortunantly they get that now too.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Its hard to train a husband LOL!
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
7 Nov 08
My wife would probably recomend you increase the weight of the rolling pin.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
LMAO!!! Believe me I'm trying after 5 years of marriage he finally throws the clothing NEXT to the laundry basket instead of where ever he is standing!
• United States
6 Nov 08
If I pull a switcheroo, I get rid of all the evidence. If nobody can tell the difference, I don't say anything. If they do notice a difference, I ask, is it better or not? If they say they like it, I just say, maybe the company changed the recipe or something. If they don't like it, I will confess to switching the brand for store brand, then I don't do it again.*L*
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
6 Nov 08
He has never noticed - I think if I bought the real thing he would notice a differance because I have been doing it for so long!
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• United States
6 Nov 08
*LOL* Then I think I would just keep doing what you are doing. My mom used to mix powdered milk in a milk jug to try to fool us. I always knew the difference. Even if she was able to mix half a gallon of milk with the powdered stuff to make a full gallon, I knew.
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Maybe if you switched back to the name brand he would not like it as he has become so used to the generic the other may taste funny now. I am sure a lot of the generic come out of the same factory anyways but you are paying extra for the name brand.
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@messageme (2821)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I do that with the kids all the time! My step kids are so picky that they won't eat almost anything. They liturely look through their food to make sure nothing is added to it. There are so many times they have eaten something and not know what was in it. One time I couldn't help it I thought it was so funny. I make steak and smoothered it with cream of mushroom, but then I also left some plain. My eldest step son HATES mushrooms. He is a very big eater. He had one with no mushrooms and then he asked what kind the other one was I said it was the same steak just has gravy on it. He had about 5 of the ones with mushrooms on them (they were smaller steaks) and I couldn't help it no more I just couldn't keep it in so I told him what the gravy was, he ate the one he had on his plate like it was a disease! I told him it was all in his head because before he knew what was on it he was eating them like he'd never aten before then all of a sudden he didn't like them no more. I think a majority of the times when kids don't like something it is just in their heads. Theres a lot of other things I do too just to get a kick out of watching the kids
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
We do it to our daughter all the time. Our son and youngest daugeter LOVE fish sticks our middle child doesn't so we tell her its chicken sticks! She eats them every time!!
@messageme (2821)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Isn't it funny how the childs mind works
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
7 Nov 08
what a great idea! i use to do that with ketup and stuff. i don't buy to much sweet cereal but man when i use too, it would have been nice to think of this great idea!
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
He is the only one who eats the fruit loops but he eats a bowl every day and a BIG bowl. It gets expensive!
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
7 Nov 08
trust me i know what you mean. I have three kids and they love cereal. now that i don't by that sugar stuff any more it is very costly!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Most of the genereic stuff is as good as the "real" stuff if you ask me. I always used Tupperware for my cereal so that helped out a bit, they never knew what brand it was!
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I do the same thing. All cereal is in tupperwares!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
8 Nov 08
I used to sell tupperware - like 20 years ago - and I still have and use tons of it. That stuff lasts forever!!!!
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
6 Nov 08
LOL I usually buy store brand anyway and they can't tell the difference. I know I can't :)
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Some thing he knows I buy store brand but when we first got together he asked for 3 things in name brand - baked beans, cereal, and oreos! That was fine in the begining but after buying a house and having a kid I switched the cereal and baked beans. I haven't figured out how to switch the oreos yet but I do conventely forget to buy them every other grocery shop! LOL
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
6 Nov 08
haha I do that with the oreos too and chocolate chip cookies. My son notices it when he's helping me pack the groceries away in the cupboards and I just pretend to say "oh really? hmmm must of fallen out or something" LOL
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@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
12 Nov 08
No, but I would love to. My girlfriend's daughter thinks there's a big differance. The sugar pops. She said the Meiger brand tastes like cardboard. I am so glad to hear someone actually does this. My brother did that to my mom with bottled water. She insisted on getting the gallon bottled water. When it got low and she didn't know, he fioled it with tap water and put it back in the refrigerator.
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
12 Nov 08
My husabnd thinks he gets the real thing. I started slow. Putting just a little of the generic in with the brand. Then a little more until it was all generic! It all goes into a tupperware and he doesn't know the differance!! I shop while he is at work and get rid of all the evidance before he gets home LOL!
• United States
11 Nov 08
The only cereal I won't buy generic is Raisin Bran. I have to get the brand in the purple box. I think that is Post or Kellog's one. In any event, the other raisin brans aren't as good as the real deal. Other than that, we do buy a lot of generic. IMO, generic diapers are no better or no worse than Pampers or Huggies. We usually buy the generic Target diapers and they work just as well on our 5 month old as the expensive Pampers or Huggies. For one of my baby showers, it seemed like every guest bought me a package of Pampers. I had diapers coming out of my ears! The only other thing I don't skimp on is laundry soap. I have to use Tide because of my skin allergies. Other than that, pretty much everything else we buy can be store brand or generic labeled. It doesn't matter to us.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
12 Nov 08
We used Target diapers too! My daughter was allergic to every other diaper we tried. We had received a lot at our baby shower too and couldn't use them because my daughter was allergic. I went to target and figured heck for that price why not try them we did and she was FINE in them. Love it!! For laundry soap we use ALL free and clear for our daughter and what ever for us.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
11 Nov 08
HI ebsharer, if i get the same product for the same quality I don't care if it has a brand name or not. © ronaldinu 2008
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Same here - tell my husband that!!!
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Lol! I live alone so i dont have to do this. What some people dont realize is that generic is just as good as name brand. Sometimes even better. There are a few things that are good name brand but most the stuff i buy is generic. Any one who thinks named brand everything is better must have been born with golden spoon in mouth.
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
11 Nov 08
No he knows that I use a lot of generic but he asked from the start that I use a few name brand things ... baked beans must be campbells (they aren't LOL) and fruit loops must be fruit loops (they aren't LOL) and last oreos must be oreos I can't figure out how to switch them because they SAY oreo!
@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
9 Nov 08
Okay, that is sneaky. But I must confess I have done this more than once on my family as well. They all think they are eating name brand stuff and aren't. There are a few things i don't switch out. As my husband and I prefer the name brand. But there are many items he does not know about. Nor the kids. cereal is one of them. Lol.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I feel bad about it in a way because my husband doesn't ask for much in name brand ... fruit loops, baked beans, and oreos. The fruit loops and baked beans get switched. The oreos don't because well I can't figure out how when Oreos SAY oreo on them! LOL However I conventaly forget to buy them about every other shop. Opps!
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
7 Nov 08
my s/o likes name brand everything lol. i did pull a switch on him with coffee, he always buys folgers, i bought the store brand and dumped it into the folgers container (the large container) and he didn't even notice the difference. he is one that if there is a difference in taste or texture he will say something. the only generic brand of any item i have noticed is green beans, they seem to be more stringy.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
LOL some one of the first page was talking about that. She said she does half generic half brand!!
@whittby (3073)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Hahaha. I have those big plastic cereal containers and put the honey nuts and the honey bunches of oats - generics in them as soon as I get them home. I don't know if I'm fooling anyone, but no one says anything about it. Food confessions - hmmm - things like hiding something I really like in the back of the freezer so it's all mine?
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
LOL - I have the cereal tupperwares too! Thank tupperware for them!
@icedventi (156)
• United States
7 Nov 08
That sounds like something my husband would do to me. Infact, if I send him to the store almost everything he comes home with is store brand. I'll occasionally make vegetarian enchiladas and not tell him there's no meat. And really, the beans are meaty enough to fool him. Beans are SO much cheaper so I wish I could find a way to switch them out more often.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I do the shopping because its lighter on the budget. If he goes he gets what he wants not really what we need!
@lou_66 (909)
7 Nov 08
i think it is a good idea. wot he dont know wont hurt him lol. the way things are now we need to save as money as we can! i have never done this as i dont do the grocery shopping, my mam does. for all i know she might have done it to me as i probably wouldnt notice lol. quite often i find that i prefer the cheaper brands or the supermarkets own brand to the more expensive ones. happy mylotting
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Must be nice to have a husband do the gorcery shopping - I'd have a heart attack if mine ever did!!