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What Products Do You Buy Generic?

I'm Asking: What Do You Buy Generic?

Brand loyalty can be a hard bond to break. A lot of the brands our families select when we're young are likely to be the same brands we stay faithful to years later. Often, it has nothing to do with the product's effectiveness — a lot of the time, we're just hooked on what we know.

Still, as we all know, it's the brand names that cost bigger bucks. And if you can get past the name game, there's good value to be had in some of the store and generic brands out there — just take a look at WalletPop's list. I understand that brand names can be a comfort, or a guarantee of quality, but once you understand that much of the generic products out there are produced with the same standard ingredients, you might rethink plunking down close to six bucks for your favorite brand-name cereal when you could get the generic version for about $3 cheaper. So tell me, Savvy shoppers, what do you buy generic, and how much are you saving?

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mcbabyygirl mcbabyygirl 6 years
Walmart's Great Value brand of generic products have proved to me over and over times again that they are practically the same. I buy almost all of my groceries generic, including macaroni & cheese, butter, milk, eggs, cottage cheese, etc. Of course, I have yet to purchase off brand items such as cereals because I'm afraid it won't taste the same! Another great perk to store brands is they often have a guarantee they will taste the same as a name brand or else your money back.
JessieSP JessieSP 6 years
Laundry detergent. I buy Gain and Snuggle for my clothing but when it comes to my small carpets that I use in the bathroom and kitchen, I use a good generic brand. Pain medication. I like to use Advil at home. But I buy the good generic pain pills from Walmart to keep in my car for myself and for other people. I do that because I notice that usually when people are with you and want to get some of your pain pills, they don't just take 2, they take about 3- 4 pills out of the bottle. They take two pills immediately and save the other one or two pills for later if they need them.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I don't buy many things that are generic, because I really like to buy things with only clean ingredients that I can pronounce and tell the origin of. But I do buy generic mustard as the kind at my local grocery store has nothing funky in it.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 6 years
I'll try pretty much anything generic at least once. I always buy basic things like milk and bread generic, but not soy sauce or ice cream or peanut butter.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
Growing up, my mom bought everything generic. Now, I vary depending on what the item is. I really like most foods that are Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Brands, and I buy a lot of Target brand things like cotton balls, cleaning products, etc. As someone else mentioned, I pretty much all the OTC medication I buy is generic, unless the name brand is on sale.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Hydrogen peroxide, q-tips, dish-washing detergent, to name a few.
Liss1 Liss1 6 years
i buy a lot of generic items but the only thing i refuse to buy generic is coca cola, any other soda fine but never coke. it's just not the same.
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 6 years
I buy mostly generic items because I know they are basically the same. I won't buy generic beauty products/body wash because I have super sensitive skin and I won't buy generic soda and chips because they don't taste the same.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
OTC medicine. All it takes is a few minutes to grab two boxes and compare the ingredients. It astounds me how many people claim that such and such brand works so much better for them than the generic, when the ONLY difference is the brand name. If the active ingredients are the same, they should work the same - at worst, you might have to take more of the generic if it only comes in a lower dosage than you would take of the name brand stuff.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
Canned items only, for the most part.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 6 years
Almost everything except laundry detergent and bath soap.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Just about everything, haha. What I DON'T buy generic: dishwashing detergent, moisturizer, popcorn, coffee, makeup, salad dressing, and Diet Coke.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
I guess rice, sour cream, and milk are ok, usually just staples though. I bought some store brand chips a few weeks ago but they're gross and make me break out. In fact, I'm often disappointed with store brands, unless it's Archer Farms from Target (always good).
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Pasta. Canned corn. I think that's it. Have tried them several times but they end up not being very good. Even foil (rips) q-tips (barely any cotton on the end) childrens over the counter mess (if it tastes bad the kids won't take it). Worst try was store brand version of Oreos. Horrible.
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