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Something to Consider When You're Weekend Grocery Shopping

Something to Consider When You're Weekend Grocery Shopping

Most people save their grocery shopping for the weekend because it's the only free time they have to accomplish errands. Because everyone has the same agendas, the supermarket easily becomes a frenzy of excuse-mes and darting carts into an empty space at just the right time.

Instead of simply grabbing your go-to brands this weekend to cut down on frustration, consider narrowing the price comparison process to your favorite brand and its store brand equivalent.

When you've discovered the store brand to be lower in price, take it home for a taste test! Better yet, if you haven't completely run out of an item, taste the brands side by side. The worst that can happen is you'll like it less than your preferred brand, but it may be such a subtle difference that you're willing to make a permanent switch.


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smm2367 smm2367 8 years
Understanding how "orginal products" are made, in today's economy, consumers also need to think about what they are buying, the quality of the product, and where it is made. Most of the consumer products Procter and Gamble makes for example, are manufactured in the USA or Canada, under the best quality and ingredients available. In addition, a company like PG will spend billions in developing, researching and testing a new product, and when ready, additional millions to advertise and market for the benefit of the consumer- YOU!!! The cheaper "store brands" are generally made by one or two manufacturers, sometimes outside the country and use cheaper and/or imported materials. What typically occurs is once the new product is introduced, the "store brand" will copy the packaging and promotional materials, and place the product next to the "orginal" product, much like a leech off a host. Net, one has to consider where our new products and innovation come from- is it from stores brands copying against the hard work, investment and innovation of the original brands who developed the brand? It really is unfair. Fortunately, drugs makers have protection of the law to protect them against generic brands being sold at a moments notice. Without that protection, you and I would not have much in the way of new drugs and innovation. The same holds true for consumer brands, and the millions of US citizens they employee......Please support Product Brand loyalty, and look at coupons as a better option. The following link enrolls you in a Procter and Gamble product site for online coupons and free samples right onto your shoppers card or print the paper copy, plus receive free samples!
Meike Meike 9 years
No thanks. There is no generic brand or substitute for real vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood, etc. I am also particular with staples like rice, bread, and noodles. I look for quality, nutrition, and ingredients. My spices are imported from Europe and Asia for the food my husband and I cook. Generic brands just do not cut it. On a more specific but related note, btw, ramen and udon in U.S. grocery stores is utter shit which is why I would only buy Japanese-imported brands from Whole Foods or an Asian food markets.
Marci Marci 9 years
A lot of store brands are just as good, but I do have my products I won't switch off from the name brands after giving the store brand a try. So you have to find the ones that work for you.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 9 years
I'm definitely a fan of store-brand. There are only a few things (mac and cheese, tissue, and TP) that I refuse to go store-brand on.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 9 years
I would love to try this, but on the whole, the real product usually tastes better vs. its generic counterpart, I found.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
A while back, one of our local news channels did a blind taste testing of Cub Foods store brands with their national brand counterparts. With the exception of boxed mac and cheese, Cub's store brands won every catagory. Cub brand diet cola was even the favorite of every tester over Diet Coke! Gotta love that!
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I buy a lot of stuff that's Ralph's brand (the LA supermarket). A lot of the store brand stuff is cheaper, obviously, but also a lot healthier (fewer calories, less sugar/fat, more fiber/protein). Good stuff!
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
I rarely turn down a store brand. I don't notice a difference most of the time, and when there is a difference I learn to live with it - saving money is more important most of the time. Store brands have gotten better lately; it's not just the black-and-white generic packages anymore. And the variety is better than you'd think. Example - I'd expect there to be store-brand Cheerios, but Food Lion has my husband's fave, store-brand Honey Bunches of Oats. In several varieties!
chicagojlo chicagojlo 9 years
I just shop at Trader Joes where everything is store brand, and it's all cheaper and of better quality. And people should try doing their groceries on a Sunday morning, that's when I go and it's empty.
linb linb 9 years
We always buy the store brand if they have an equivalent, with one exception: My boyfriend must have Oreos - the real deal. I think the cheap stuff tastes the same, but he swears he can tell the difference.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 9 years
I don't really use store brands at the grocery stores--I just wait for sales on products I usually buy. However, I do use several generics at the pharmacy, particularly CVS. Their generic equivalents are much cheaper and of about the same quality as the name-brands stuff I use.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Our regular grocery store has really high-quality store brand stuff. We buy almost everything from the store brand if we can help it.
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 9 years
I sometimes by the store brand, but two things I NEVER switch are Mayo (Best Foods) & Soda (Coke Brands).
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
We've been doing the store-brand thing for a while now, and I must say that for basic staples like bread, sandwich cheese and sandwich meats, I don't feel the difference at all.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
zabrow, I buy the store brand natural peanut butter and it tastes exactly the same. Should considering the only ingredient in both is peanuts and salt :D
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I like most of the store brand stuff better. Especially oatmeal. I don't like Quaker Oat's maple and brown sugar much, too sweet and the low sugar one has less oatmeal. America's Choice brand is soooooo good though. And a lot cheaper. Regular cereal isn't quite as good, but still worth buying the store brand since it's about half price.
zabrow zabrow 9 years
most store brand products taste just as good (to me) as the brand. there are a few things though, like peanut butter, that i NEVER buy store brand, but that's just my taste. my roommate would never buy store brand mustard, but it tastes fine to me.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
It doesn't always work but I find that if the first two ingredients are the same the products do not taste that much different. It helps in my selection process and I end up saving money.
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