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post #1 of 57
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Well I'm starting to stock on on foodstuffs for the holiday season. My sis and parents are usually here for a week over christmas plus this yr we will have DH family over -he has 7 bro/sis they have 17 kids-most married with their young children!!
I browsed the Sunday newspaper ads and wrote down the places that had good deals-4 different grocery stores!!!
Don't know if I'll do that again but I got some good deals esp on meat.
But while I say for instance will buy a store brand for brown sugar but on the other hand prefer Campbells cream of mushroom soup. Today was the 2nd time I have been to Aldi's so I'm not sure how the brand they carry for say again baking supplies or cracker are.
So what to you prefer.
If you have a store brand product you either like or dislike could you write about it?? Or brand name for that matter.
Lets see if we can become smarter shoppers!!
post #2 of 57
i find most store brands are just the same as the big name ones. IMO..the only thing i wont cheap on is..Hamburger helper. and Mac and Cheese..lol
post #3 of 57
there are some things that i will not buy the store barnd name ez cheese i will only buy kraft cuz the store brand taste nasty and i will only buy kraft mac and cheese cheaper brands never taste the same those are just two things i can think of right now
post #4 of 57
i find that its only worth getting brand names if you have become attatched to that brand and particular taste eg heinz beans, kelloggs cornflakes, tetley tea etc

most of the time you dont even notice the difference though. my nan hid own brand cornflakes in the kelloggs box for years because my grandad reckoned he could tell the difference when she brought the cheap stuff! lol
post #5 of 57
Since we're usually on a fixed budget-we usually opt for the store brands-neither John or I are picky about brands, so whatever is on sale, I will eat! I usually can never tell a difference anyways!
post #6 of 57
I have no problem with store brands on most things. I have had store brand cereal and oatmeal though and I will never buy that again. There was a huge difference.
post #7 of 57
read all the labels ... i offten buy store brands after I make sure they are identical to the national but wvery so often youll see a different flour or oil and that will be noticed
post #8 of 57
I wont skimp on toilet paper (cottonnelle), velveeta cheese, hershey syrup and Kosher pickles! Everything else i'm alright with not getting the "name brand"....i have often found that the store brand is just as good or better than the name brand!
post #9 of 57
Originally Posted by yasmine
I wont skimp on toilet paper (cottonnelle), velveeta cheese, hershey syrup and Kosher pickles! Everything else i'm alright with not getting the "name brand"....i have often found that the store brand is just as good or better than the name brand!
I agree-I always get good toilet paper!! Cottonelle here too!
post #10 of 57
Most store brands are really just brand names is diguise. Chances are that store brand soup or veggies you buy are really made and packaged at DelMonte or one of the other brand name factories. The only difference is, they put the stores label on it. I know that is true, because I had a family member who worked for Quaker Oats and they also packaged oatmeal for all of the different grocery stores in the store label. There is absolutely no difference. I also once bought a TV at Sears, with the Sears label on it, but it was really made by Zenith. I saw a Zenith label on the back of the TV, where is said it was made.
post #11 of 57
I buy a lot of store brands, but for macaroni and cheese I HAVE to have Stoeffer's Frozen. I also LOVE MichaelAngelo's (not to be confused with Michelina's) frozen Italian food. I have tricked people with their vegetable lasagna. They use all natural ingredients. I passed it off as homemade (and told the truth later). I then called the company and told them and they sent me a bunch of coupons - some of them for FREE products!
post #12 of 57
For the most part I'll buy whatever is the cheapest.


If I'm buying cream soup to cook with, store brand is fine, but if it's for eating then Campbells is the only way to go.

TP isn't something I'll skimp on. It has to be Charmin. (Mom always bought the cheap stuff and I SWORE that I would never do that!)

Cookies aren't usually very good as store brands. There is no substitute for Oreo.

I've tried a lot of different kinds of brat(wurst)s. When we get the store packaged ones, even on hecka sale, they end up being thrown out after getting freezer burned from sitting in there too long. Johnsonville never go bad in my house - they don't get the chance to! (But I do wait for sales and usually with coupons )
post #13 of 57
Hope is exactly right about store brands being made by national brands. Whatever label has the contract for the store at that particular time is what you get. The store brand is often whatever name brand it is closest to on the shelf. My in-laws were truck drivers, and they would pick up canned food at the same packaging plant with several different labels, the name brand, and several different store brands. Sometimes the store brands would be at the end of a packaging run, and maybe the shape or size of the products would not be uniform, but it was basically the same stuff. Laundry detergent is the same way. It all comes out ot the same vats at the factories.
post #14 of 57
I dont like generic toilet paper, or some cereals, like cheerios, because they taste completely different. the cereal in the big bags are pretty good though. and some of the chips and soda also taste a lot worse than namebrand. Most of the time I will buy the generic because its almost identical and sometimes a dollar cheaper. When im buying OTC medicines, I always check the ingredient list and how much they use and very often its the exact same. A person at walmart even told me that the cheap stuff comes from the same factories as the namebrand.
post #15 of 57
I am half and half, as stated by others, some store brands just don't come close to brand names..i.e. ketchup, some soups, soda, coffee...
post #16 of 57
I actually prefer my store's brand of yogurt to any of the national brands.

I have learned a lot reading this thread, but please remember if you are going to post negatively about a brand, keep the actual name off the boards.

post #17 of 57
Looks like I am in the minority here. I am not picky about brands when it comes to clothes and such, but as far as grocerys are concerned I don't buy the generic brands. I know how everyone says they are just brands names packaged differently, but they never taste the same to me.
post #18 of 57
One thing I have found...the cheap cheesy poofs are usually BETTER than the more expensive name brands. The crunchy cheesy poofs have to be Cheetos, but the poofs are best if they are about $1 a bag.
post #19 of 57
I'm brand loyal in most things, but it's not necessarily national brands.

I don't buy a lot of canned veg, but I do buy canned corn and insist on Green Giant Peaches and Cream, which for my money is as close as you'll get to fresh without cutting it off the cob yourself. For canned tomatoes, though, what's most important is that they are peeled whole plum tomatoes. There are a couple of brands I particularly like, and a couple I won't buy, but the field is pretty open, and some of the brands I regularly buy are store brands. It just depends where i happen to be shopping and how the prices compare.

I'm definitely brand loyal in cleaning products, and to a lesser extent in paper products.

Bacon and ham, which we love -- there are a few that we like, and others I won't touch. None of the favoured brands are store brands in this stuff.

I don't buy a lot of convenience foods, but the ones I do are pretty well all national brands.

Well, you get the picture.
post #20 of 57
Oh, yes, yogurt! Now there I am completely brand loyal -- no interest whatever in anything other than Liberte Mediterranee (from Quebec, and it's to die for! )
post #21 of 57
let's see. Cat food- no generic. Litter, I tried the petsmart brand, it was okay. Need brand name- laundry products, orange juice, certain kinds of cereals, hair products. Prefer brand name- cereal, juice surface cleaners etc. Generic all the way for baking products, milk, bleach, sour cream, butter, frozen fruit, and OTC medications.
Generic orange juice is nasty! I usually buy name brand things that are on sale anyway and cheaper at the time then the generic. I don't care WHAT name, as long as its edible/effective.
post #22 of 57
oh another think i am loyal on for brand is ketchup
post #23 of 57
I buy the store brands, in a lot of items: pasta, rice, tomato soup, tomato sauce, paper goods, liquid hand soap, bleach and dairy products.

I will only buy CAMPBELL'S cream of chicken soup, QUAKER grits, Yardley's English Lavender body wash, CREST toothpaste and L'Oreal hair color.
post #24 of 57
I usually believe in giving my money to whoever gives me the most bang for my buck, and I hesitate to drive to more than one or two stores on any one shopping excursion. Often what you save on grocerys will be consumed in gas, especially these days. I have, however, been known to drive 30 miles to Costco for a 3 pound bag of coffee. Seattle Mountain is the absolute best coffee in the world for the money.
post #25 of 57
Hmmmmm. I very rarely buy "store brand", but then this is mostly because of my eating habits. I don't buy snack foods (chips, cookies, etc) . . . because then I EAT them! I know I don't have enough willpower not to chow down on a whole mess 'o cookies if they're in the house, so I stay in great shape by never buying any! LOL! (Oh, but I'll be MAKING plenty of cookies come December . . . when all the rules are relaxed). I also buy mostly organic or minimally-processed foods, and that isn't a market that store brands tend to cover. So, I guess I buy brand-name by default! Let's see though, I also buy brand name toothpaste, TP, shampoo, face wash . . . I get the Costco brand detergent, though.

Since the prohibition is against saying BAD things about specific brands, I figure I'm good saying that when it comes to clothing I am a huge (HUGE) Ann Taylor fan. I have to wait for a sale, 'cause it's pricey, but I have never found any work pants that fit me as well as the ones from Ann Taylor. They're well-made, too, unlike other brands that shall go nameless but charge exhorbitant prices for absolute junk (the clothes fall apart inside of a year!).
post #26 of 57
We mostly buy the store brand things , we cook alot of foods from scratch to keep the cost's down . However our "boys' are quite fussy they refuse to eat anything other than walmart brand . Our vet is very pleased on how heathy the boys are with eating it too . Rambo is the big cheapskate here , he won't play with any bought toys . Give him a milk cap or a straw and he is set for a few months lol

post #27 of 57
I use a majority of store brands - keeps costs down and gives me more money for fun things!

I buy Asda toilet paper, as it's a lot strongr and softer than brand ones and it's a whole lot cheaper - especially buying in bulk!!

I won't scrimp on Kitchen Roll though, I use Bounty as it really is better than the own brand ones I have tried! (especially for dealing with cat sick! )

I will try the own brand ones and then decide if I like it over the brands, it really depens on what it is and how I feel about it - they all get a fair trial in my house!
post #28 of 57
It depends on the products.
post #29 of 57
I don't mind the store brands at all. I shop at Super Wal-Mart and I even like the Sams soda's. Only thing I buy that isnt store brand is my coffee, iced coffee mix and coffee creamer.
post #30 of 57
I have a thing against store brands, and always have. Once in a while, something a recipe calls for will only be available in store brand...so I will not make that recipe. I just can't stand it. It even makes me uneasy when my roommate gets something for him that's store brand. My parents got store brand junk all the time, and I could tell the difference. Some times it might taste exactly the same, but a lot of the time it doesn't. The store didn't have Crystal Light On The Go packs in Lemonade, so I tried the store brand and it was disgusting. That was the first and last time in YEARS I have bought store brand.

I don't even care what brand, as long as it's not store brand. I have very few things on which I prefer certain brands. Lately, since I've been cooking healthy dinners, most of the food I get is poulty and veggies anyway. I like spices in glass more than the plastic, though.
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