Here is the top 10 things they say you should not buy generic? Do you agree or disagree?
2-Pop or Soda
Ketchup I have to agree I only like heinz and thats it! My kids even know the difference! I always buy in bulk when on sale!
Pop I love Coke so I would never buy the off brand of that but my store Giant Eagle I think has the best gingerale and orange knock off
Processed Cheese again my store brand has good cheese for a lot less! It's 1.99 for 2cups of shreded and its good!
Spaghetti sauce if I don't make my own we use hunts and I don't think it's that bad
Salsa I only like one kind and it's in the deli at the grocery store
Dish soap I agree I think it's worth it to buy a good kind I get dawn at dollar general with a coupon and pay .99
1-Butter - why not? Though usually I get name brand with a coupon cheaper than off brand.
2-Pop or Soda - why not this either? It's all bad for you.
3-Ketchup - I have yet to find an off brand that doesn't have high fruitose corn syrup, ew.
4-Makeup - yeah, I think it's good to be picky about makeup brands!
5-Diet Foods - ew. We don't eat processed diet foods. to make it 'diet' they have to take stuff out, but in order for it to taste good then they have to add other chemicals to it. EW.
6-Processed Cheese - like velveta? EW. If they mean just cheese like kraft shredded, then we only buy kraft or sargentio. I get 1 lbs blocks (or shredded) for $3 here.
8-Spaghetti Sauce - why? As long as you read the labels well, many off brands are just fine IMO.
9-Dish/Dishwasher Soap - I agree with this! lol
10-Salsa - once again read the labels and some off brands are better than name brand. We make our own.
The only one I really agree with is dish soap. The rest I either don't buy (soda, makeup, diet foods, processed cheese) or don't mind buying a generic. I have had so many different kinds of non-name brand salsa that tastes great. Our ketchup that we usually use is President's Choice (a grocery store brand) We drink whatever beer we like, and here there aren't really any off brands of beer, just smaller or larger breweries, and we tend to stick to the smaller lesser know places (the craft beers)
Kristin - Mom to 3 little boys and one baby girl
1-Butter- I buy homebrand all the time, I find no difference in quality
2-Pop or Soda- I generally buy storebrand/ home brand when I do buy. Sometimes they have nicer flavours too
3-Ketchup- We buy homebrand, but don't use it a lot
4-Makeup- Not a real make up user
5-Diet Foods- Not really, most are name brands anyway. Now DS is here I don't buy many of my usual diet foods, but they were mostly dairy products anyway
6-Processed Cheese- I buy all my cheese home brand, it's much cheaper and no taste differnce. The only time I buy brand name is if I want a specilaty cheese (like swiss) they don't do in home brand.
7-Beer- Never seen a home brand beer, but I don't drink it anyway
8-Spaghetti Sauce- I use homebrand jar sauce as a base for my spaghetti sauce.
9-Dish/Dishwasher Soap- I use a cheap brand, but it's not home brand
10-Salsa - why not, it tatses the same. We don't use it much but when we do I buy homebrand if it's available.
1-Butter - always buy Can't Believe it's not butter
2-Pop or Soda - Coke products
3-Ketchup- yes I can totally tell a difference
4-Makeup - covergirl here
5-Diet Foods - if this means fat free hubby gets grocery store yougurt all the time.
6-Processed Cheese - american singles we always get store brand publix
7-Beer - hubby would laugh at me if I bought him natural light or busch. lol
8-Spaghetti Sauce - Depends. I usually make my own
9-Dish/Dishwasher Soap - always dawn and cascade
10-Salsa - If we buy in store we sometimes buy store brand. But I get an employee discount at Chillis so we buy that and it's made in store.
Daughter Rileigh Ann arriving January 2012
I would not buy off-brand dish soap, but I like the Dollar General brand of dishwasher detergent than any other name-brand or off-name brand I've tried.
I don't like most name brands of beer. I won't drink any that comes in a can. I prefer local brews.
I don't use makeup.
American cheese, I prefer Borden.
Everything else, I buy at Aldi. Their ketchup is as good or better than Heinz (which I don't say lightly, since I live in Pittsburgh). Their spaghetti sauce is awesome. They also have good salsa, though we prefer Pace Picante.
However, I don't really like the store brand from other stores than Aldi for things like canned veggies.
Last edited by 2sonsplus1; 01-02-2012 at 07:46 PM.
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1-Butter ~ Disagree, generic is just as good IMO. However, if it's a butter substitute, then only certain brands will do.
2-Pop or Soda ~ Agree. Brand name is best (for me, it's Pepsi, Sprite or 7UP, or Mountain Dew).
3-Ketchup ~ Not sure. Don't use ketchup enough to know. I'm a mustard girl
4-Makeup ~ Not sure? Is there makeup that would be considered 'generic'? If we're just talking about cheaper makeup, I recently tried NYC (think it stands for 'New York Colors,' and is sold at Walmart - not sure where else), and think it is just as good as a more expensive brand name.
5-Diet Foods ~ Depends on what it is.
6-Processed Cheese ~ Disagree. There are some generic brands that are just as good IMO.
7-Beer ~ don't drink. ick. Prefer wine, though I rarely even drink that.
8-Spaghetti Sauce ~ Disagree. Some generic brands are okay.
9-Dish/Dishwasher Soap ~ AGREE. 100%. lol. I have not found ANYTHING that works as good as Finish (formerly Electrasol) powertabs (I use the Quantum). As for dish soap, not sure about that one since I always buy brand name.
10-Salsa ~ Disagree. The Publix generic brand is actually better than any brand name IMO
Butter? Really? We always buy our store brand butter. I really like our cheese too and salsa. A small local company makes my grocery chain's private label pasta sauce and I really like it but it might not be universal since they don't make sauce for a lot of chains.
We buy organic ketchup but it's store brand.
Soda probably does taste different but we don't buy it at all
Hm I would agree on Beer
1-Butter - Disagree
2-Pop or Soda - I'm indifferent... Our store brand tastes almost identical to regular Coke, but generally we don't buy pop.
3-Ketchup - Usually agree, but one store here has off brand that tastes like Hinze
4-Makeup - Agree... I've gotten pickier the older I get. You CAN tell a difference from the cheap stuff, to the name brands in stores, and even to department stores. I don't buy much makeup, but I definitely prefer the Lancome I got as a gift from MIL to anything else I've used.
5-Diet Foods - This seems vague? I don't see why most off brands wouldn't be just as good.
6-Processed Cheese - Disagree.
7-Beer - I am not a beer drinker. But who doesn't prefer top shelf to rail whiskey? It takes some snooping though, because I've had fantastic "cheap" wine that I think is as good as more expensive stuff.
8-Spaghetti Sauce - Disagree. Actually, I will buy ANYTHING before I buy Ragu.
9-Dish/Dishwasher Soap - Disagree. We always use store brand.
10-Salsa - Disagree.
It's all personal experience, though. There are certain things that generic I really dislike, like canned green beans and peas, which in theory shouldn't be any different from their name brand counterpart (not like it's really a different recipe).
Isobel Grace - 07/05/10