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What Products Will You Buy Generic?

Let's Dish: What Products Will You Buy Generic?

The other day my dad and I got into a discussion about the generic brand food at supermarkets. We both purchase items — such as flour, napkins, and bottled water — from 365 Everyday Value and Western Family. However, there are other ingredients we most definitely will not buy generic; butter, cheese, and cola come to mind. Since I'm sure you have similar grocery store habits, I want to know about them.

Which food products will you buy generic and which generic items do you avoid?

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snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i buy a lot of generics. except soda and cereal.
msdecember msdecember 7 years
i buy generic instant oatmeal all the time.. prefer it actually. i'm trying to understand why you wouldn't buy generic butter??
muse2323 muse2323 7 years
I'll buy generic canned beans, but not generic canned fruit. I tried it once, and it was awful. No flavor at all. I buy store brand butter, but only because it's half the price of any other butter (and we live in a pricey area to begin with). I also stick to name brand cereals.
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
Oh Liss I agree! Anything but regular Cola (including cherry and diet) taste fine!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I buy mostly store brands. With very few exceptions, Cub and SuperTarzhey have nice lines of generic products. I save the bucks for specialty cheeses and....BACON! :@)
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I will buy alot of things in generic, but i agree i only like coca cola not the generic version. But any other "flavor" of soda i will buy in generic.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I don't drink generic pop just b/c I am so brand-loyal. Same thing with cereal. I also had a bad experience with generic peanut butter but I'll give just about generic anything a try.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Most generic brands are made by big name producers....I recently tried a generic cola (western family) and it was one of the only times that I really did not like the product.
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
Usually we buy everything generic unless we have some extra money or just prefer the brand name. Cola is something we usually don't because the ones we've had in our area tend to go flat pretty quickly!
Food Food 7 years
I buy a lot of generic when possible — hey, it's still a recession! Bottled water (on the rare occasion that I do buy it), canned tomatoes, etc. I don't buy generic cheese or soda, though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Hmmm...I rarely buy generic. Although, I think this is because I do most of my shopping at a corner market and generic brands aren't really available. If I'm at a bigger grocery store (typically Harris Teeter), I get store brand butter, cheese, and yogurt. I'm sure there are other things I get generic, but those are the few that spring to mind.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
I started to say flour, but that's not true. I get Whole Food's version if I'm there, but I buy Gold Medal if I'm at Safeway. If I were still in the South, though, I would seek out White Lily and accept no substitutes (and the same goes for Mayfield milk). Out of all of the things you mentioned, the only thing I am particular about is Coca-Cola. There is no way I'd buy generic, or even Pepsi. I will buy gingerale and other flavors in generic though.
weffie weffie 7 years
Lots of things that I buy are only available as name brands, as much as I wish they'd make generic sprouted grain bread and cheaper versions of Earth Balance and Vegenaise... For baking stuff I usually choose the store brand organic line. Some things are better generic, like frosted flakes... they're so much thicker and crunchier than the Kellogg's ones.
laurenot laurenot 7 years
costco has some great generics that are almost equivalent to name brands- I hear rumors that the kirkland vodka is bottled at the same plant as grey goose...
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
I'm happy to get flour, most tinned foods (beans, sweetcorn, tomatoes etc) and natural snack foods (student mix, nuts, dried fruit etc) from the supermarket organic range, but will always buy pasta from specific brands (ordinarily Barilla), same with most buscuits, crisps/chips, and other packaged goods. anything fresh (fruit, veg, bread & desserts, meat, fish etc) from greengrocer/fishmonger/butcher
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