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post #31 of 57
With groceries and other generic household items, I'm all about off-brands. Target brand disinfecting wipes seem to work as well as Clorox, after all (plus, I've heard rumors that they're sometimes made at the same place anyway).

With clothes (ESPECIALLY clothes), personal hygeine items (I won't use anything tested on animals), cat food, technology items, etc., I've come to learn that it's worth the extra couple bucks to buy the name brand.
post #32 of 57
In between.

Let me tell ya a little trade secret.. The off brands and the name brands are normally manufactured in the same building.. with the same materials.. No difference besides the label.

I work for a pet products company. Our label you wouldn't really know. However I bet you know some of the others we manufacture for. They pay us to manufacture their products. Ours is the original...they borrow our formula's. We fill, label, and ship.

Lots of companies do this..and your never the wiser for it.

Now if you see an obvious difference I can see you wanting to buy name brand... otherwise, if it looks, smells, tastes the same...it most likely is the same.
post #33 of 57
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
I love the Dollar Tree too, I buy a lot of stuff there!
Isn't that store awesome!!
post #34 of 57
Lots of off or store brands, but it also depends on the product. Can't get stingy with the chocolate, y'know.
post #35 of 57
I'm brand loyal in some things, bargain loyal in others -- it depends on how variable the product is from brand to brand. And that can as easily be a house brand as a national one. For instance, TP and paper towels, I always get at Costco -- their Kirkland brand -- I'd rather have an extra package waiting in the garage than run out. Some are specialty brands, imports. For instance, I use a lot of canned tomatoes -- La Molisana, please and thanks, not interested in anyone else's. The only soft drinks (soda, pop) that I buy are San Pellegrino -- 12% fruit juice!

Cleaning products, I'm mostly brand loyal, because on the whole, I think what you save buying the cheaper brands, you spend using more product.

Clothes, on the other hand, I am mostly not brand loyal, the exceptions being in gotchies and shoes -- the places where comfortable fit is most important, so when I find what works, I stick with it.
post #36 of 57
I'm not committed to brand names if I find an off brand that is the same. I have a few brands that I haven't found any substitutes for.

For example:
Pickles - store brands usually don't have that "snap" that I need in my pickles.
Mac N' Cheese - store brands don't come close to the blue box when making the powdered stuff.
Lucky Charms - haven't found a substitute for that, but coco pebbles are just as good in the off brand.

I try off brand stuff and keep using it if I like it.
post #37 of 57
oh i thought of my other one...oreos gotta be real
post #38 of 57
I basically buy all store brands or off brands, unless, like someone said, I have a coupon that makes the name brand cheaper and I really have nothing that I have to buy name brand except for maybe diet Pepsi. I prefer Dawn dish detergent but am not opposed to buying something else.
post #39 of 57
It depends on the product for me to buy brand vs off brand. Cream cheese-many local dairies have their own I'll but it-same with butter.
Facial tissue-it doesn't matter. I only use 3 types of laundry detergent-Tide, Cheer and Oxydol. Same with dishwasher detergent-Cascade. Toothpaste what ever is on sale!! I'll will use store brand of ibuprofen, decongestant etc...
Since I don't buy really any prepared/convience foods like soup or noodle stuff I will usually by brand name.
But if there are local companies that make a product I will at least try it out.
post #40 of 57
I am a mixed bag on these things. Some brands are better. Ketchup has to be Heinz and A-1 has to be A-1 and hot suace has to be Red Hot. But there are certain brands I won't buy. Like Freezer Queen Salisbury Steaks. Yuck. Canned veggies I will do off brand if there is a big price difference but where I shop there isn't a huge difference. But if Publix makes a store brand version of something I will usually buy it because it normally tastes just as good.
post #41 of 57
I buy both. There are some things that I'm picky about, but most things I'm more concerned about the price. Most food products are off-brand or store-brand, likewise with most drugs and first aid material, and pretty much the only reason I've been buying clothing at name-brand stores is because I'm a plus-sized woman (currently) and I've yet to find things that fit me at Zellers or in second-hand stores (the plus sizes have almost always been picked through by the time I get around to shopping). I do fork out more money for cat food, though, and for beauty products. There is a difference between brand-name shampoos and conditioners and off-brand/store-brand products, even if we're told there isn't. I can't psychosomatically make my hair more tangled just because I'm using an off-brand product, so it must be that off-brand conditioners don't condition as well as the name-brand ones.
post #42 of 57
I buy off brands, but there are some things you don't mess with. I use All Free & Clear laundry soap. Period. I use Dove Pink bars of handsoap. Period. No generic lotions, body washes, face washes, etc. I turn funny colors. I haven't found any off-brand pop that tastes as good as Pepsi, so I pay a small fortune for it.

Clothes, bedding, household cleaners, air fresheners, etc. all generic!
post #43 of 57
I use the off brands whenever I can (which is the majority of the time), the name brand for special stuff I like (ketchup, barbeque sauce, face wash, etc.) and try to have a coupon for it.
I'm hard to fit, so I get clothes wherever I can- but if it's at the mall, it has to be on sale/clearance . Oh, and of course, the cat and dog food is name brand
post #44 of 57
It depends what it is for, there are some things that are just as good off brand (and some better when off brand), but I will only buy Kelloggs for Corn Flakes, Heinz for ketchup, toilet paper has to be Charmin etc

As someone said earlier, although cleaning products are generally just as good, I find you don't save 'per use' so buy the brand stuff.

For clothes etc, as long as they are decent quality it doesn't bother me
post #45 of 57
Heinz should really offer a TCS special! I was suprised reading this thread at how many of you made mention of their ketchup

This is something I have worked on changing.... but I was (and still might be)very picky about buying only brand name items at the grocery store. I THINK it had something to do with the foods my mom bought though. She always purchased the generic items, that you guys have actually mentioned, that never tasted like the brand. Mac & cheese is a good example that sticks out at me, along with a few others. Salad dressing is another...

I shop at Publix and I do occasionally pick up their brand on items such as spaghetti noodles, or milk which are going to taste the same. But for things I am questionable on, I just buy the brand. Usually the price isn't that much different and doesn't seem worth risking not liking it to save ten or twenty cents...
post #46 of 57
I will buy a store's own brand if I like it as well or better but I'm wary of economy ranges. I've often wondered whether they are less healthy and this article seems to confirm that they may be

http://www.which.co.uk/reports_and_c...557_103183.jsp

I do quite a bit of label checking before I buy.
post #47 of 57
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Originally Posted by squirtle View Post
Heinz should really offer a TCS special! I was suprised reading this thread at how many of you made mention of their ketchup

This is something I have worked on changing.... but I was (and still might be)very picky about buying only brand name items at the grocery store. I THINK it had something to do with the foods my mom bought though. She always purchased the generic items, that you guys have actually mentioned, that never tasted like the brand. Mac & cheese is a good example that sticks out at me, along with a few others. Salad dressing is another...

I shop at Publix and I do occasionally pick up their brand on items such as spaghetti noodles, or milk which are going to taste the same. But for things I am questionable on, I just buy the brand. Usually the price isn't that much different and doesn't seem worth risking not liking it to save ten or twenty cents...
My mom was just the opposite- she always bought name brand stuff, because they moved a lot, and she didn't want to constantly be trying and sorting out off brands in the stores . We pretty much have stayed put (same state all my DH's life, I've lived here for 30 years, married for 14), so I don't mind a dud every now or then- it's pretty easy to remember the bad ones .

Don't forget to look out for transfats and high fructose corn syrup in the store/off brands- I've had a couple of disappointments when I didn't do my label checking .
post #48 of 57
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Originally Posted by ScamperFarms View Post
oh i thought of my other one...oreos gotta be real
And they have to be the doublestuffed ones!!!
post #49 of 57
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
And they have to be the doublestuffed ones!!!
And fudge covered!
post #50 of 57
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
And fudge covered!
oh yum!!!!!!!!!!
post #51 of 57
Kroger's brand of Devil's Food cookies is comparable to Snackwell's and I love them.

Kroger's and WalMart's coffees are good, too, as long as I buy the darker roasts.

Big Lots is my place for linens. They usually have the big fluffy towels that I like and they're usually only $3-$5 each. I recently bought some cute drinking glasses, at the 99-cent store - they have kitties on them and I couldn't resist.

ALL of Pearl's doggie toys come from the 99-cent store. Since she shreds them, I'm not going to buy her expensive ones. Pearl loves tennis balls and they come in 3-packs.

My cats eat a name-brand canned food. If I feed anything else, Buddy gets the runs and for a long-haired cat, that's an awful mess. My other two couldn't care less, what's in their bowl.

I even buy some tools at the 99-cent store. For the minor repairs, that I do, cheap screwdrivers and pliers are fine.
post #52 of 57
I hardly ever buy name brand stuff either.There are a few that I will NOT eat though unless they are brand names...............such as Jiff PB,toilet paper, Kool-aid
post #53 of 57
I buy my groceries online and I buy what's cheaper point blank. For example I was about to put store brand chicken broth in my cart and noticed that Swanson's was actually cheaper that week, so I got that instead.

There are a few items of course that you have to get the brand name for because the quality can't be beat, like Oreos of course. I also don't really like off brand potato chips. They're always too greasy.
post #54 of 57
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
Either-or. I'll usually try the off-brand because it's cheaper, and if it's just as good I'll stick with it. In many cases the brands are more expensive because of all the packaging so I'm not paying for that.

I do agree that in some cases the established brands are better, and will pay the extra for the better quality, but that's certainly not the majority of things.

With clothing, I find refusing to buy anything but brands the worst kind of snobbery. And you shoot yourself in the foot, too, because if you have a closed mind about clothes you miss out on soooo much great stuff! My rule of thumb with clothing is, if I like it, I'll buy it. Don't care if it came from K-Mart or Versace!

Same.
post #55 of 57
I'm generally not picky, so I buy whichever is cheaper. There are a few exceptions (I always buy Best Foods mayo - never a substitute) due to exceptional difference in taste or quality, but for the most part I'm not terribly loyal to particular brands. The extra savings add up in the long run!
post #56 of 57
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Originally Posted by squirtle View Post
Heinz should really offer a TCS special! I was suprised reading this thread at how many of you made mention of their ketchup
I was thinking the same thing, and have to admit that whenever I try another brand, or a generic ketchup, I go right back to Heinz!
I'm not fussy about brands in most cases, and buy a mixture of branded and generic products, but mainly generics. The big exceptions are pet food, shampoo/conditioner, ketchup, crackers (I'm very particular about my crackers), soda pop, jeans, and sneakers. I get the latter two items at factory outlets, though, and save big bucks that way.
post #57 of 57
clothes-- i dont care where they come from-- if i like em i buy em-- although I am really cheap. I refuse to pay over 15 bucks for a pair of jeans (walmart baby!) and i cant stand paying over 25 bucks for a pair of shoes. Walmart again baby) I dont buy/wont consider buying the expensive stuff bc i usualyl wont wear it although i will accept it as a gift( I work in a very casual workplace so its jeans and tshirt everyday)

Food on the other hand I am very paticular on certain things.

Peanut Butter-- either Jiff or Peter Pan only

Jellies and jams-- Bama or smuckers

American slice cheese-- has to be Kraft Singles.

baked beans have to be Bush's

toaster pastries have to be pop tarts

other stuff im not so picky I will and do buy off brands on quite a bit of foods though.
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