Name Brand or Generic

United States
April 3, 2009 10:33am CST
When grocery shopping do you buy the name brand maybe like Bisquick or something that is known for it's name instead of buying the store generic brand that is usually always cheaper? I'm always looking for ways to save money so i usually always buy the generic brand as it still tastes the same as the name brand product.
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• United States
4 Apr 09
Sadly, I am a spoiled little creature when it comes to some things. I will buy generic as long as it does what the name brand will do. There are some products where it really does make a difference. I don't buy off-brand cheese---that stuff is nasty and it would take a nuclear holocaust to make the &*^%$ melt. I prefer off-brand bologna. That name brand stuff doesn't cook up very well and I LOVE a good fried bologna sandwich. I used to buy cheap dish detergent, but I really like the way some of the pricier stuff smells. I have been unemployed for a while now, but so far things haven't gotten so bad that I have to give up all of my creature comforts.
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I am the same way , if it is a good generic brand that will work as well and save me some money. Some things are very good in the generic and some are not good at all! You live and learn in what things to go for the name brand and what things not to. I also shop the Dollar Tree for some things now that have saved us a good bit.
@cher913 (25897)
• Canada
1 Apr 10
not only does it often taste the same as the brand named product, often the same company is the one who makes it as well as the branded product.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I do have a few things that I do buy name brands for but not many. As far I'm concerned a green bean is a green bean no mater what can it comes in. If I'm buying canned beans like black or northern I will only buy Bushed but I usually get the dry one any way. Many times it is the same name brad company that is doing the canning and putting the store labels on the product.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
I am already in the habit of buying no name products. I have been doing so for many years now. Not only are no name items cheaper, but oftentimes I prefer them to their branded counterparts. I often try different brands of products when they go on sale. I try to stretch my dollar as far as I can. There are some products that I will only buy from a specific brand/manufacturer. For example, Heinz ketchup. Heinz ketchup is often imitated, but never duplicated. I can mitigate the additional cost by stocking up when a sale comes, by using coupons or by doing both at the same time. Cheers.
@SuzyLong (775)
3 Apr 09
The last few months I have had to buy shop branded stuff as I can get so much more food for my money. I used to use one of the little trolleys and fill that up but now I use one of the big trolleys filling it all the way to the top and I spend the same amount of money.