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Question of the day .... Brand Name vs. Store Brand??

April 11th, 2012 at 01:45 pm

What items do you guys ONLY buy store brand?
What items will you ONLY buy brand name?

Is there really a difference between them in your opinion?

Just curious to see what everyone's responses are.... Smile

In my house we buy ALMOST everything store brand, we've noticed that most things run about .50 to $1 cheaper... sometimes more... plus my mother works for a grocery store so if we go to that store I can use her employee discount to get another 10% off store brand items.

11 Responses to “Question of the day .... Brand Name vs. Store Brand??”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Hmmm.
    We are brand loyal on a few things.
    Laundry detergent-- Arm and Hammer, because it has no scent
    Dishwasher detergent-- seventh generation, because it's non toxic.
    Coffee-- has to be Peets or Starbucks

    Everything else is up in the air. We buy tons of store brand items, from frozen french fries to organic milk. Unless the name brand is cheaper, on sale and has a coupon, the store brand is the back up.

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Just off the top of my head:

    BRANDNAME: Applesauce cups, no sugar. We tried the storebrand ones (for school kid lunches) and they were terrible!! watery.

    STOREBRAND: generally many other groceries such as canned veges, fruits, frozen waffles, soups, cereal. But I wouldn't say ONLY because we will buy brandnames when they are on the scratch/dent shelf or we have a good coupon.

  3. Swimgirl Says:

    Totally depends on what it is and what the difference in price is. I like certain brands for some things but for others I don't care.

    Cheese: If it's cheddar, I like Tillamook, period. But if it's mozzarella, I buy what is cheapest.

    Coffee: I'm with TOR, 100%!! Peet's or Starbuck's. Makes me happy.

    Canned goods/frozen: I prefer organic, so it's usually a brand name, but I do like Whole Foods brands and Safeway carries some of their own brand organics.

    Toiletries, soap, body wash, etc... whatever is on sale. Usually brand name on sale with coupons is a better deal.

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    Oh yes, SG, when it comes to cheese, we try to do Cabot from Vermont. Mostly because it's delicious, and we know some of the farmers in the co-op, so we know our money is going to family farms.

    Some people balk at spending money on spendy coffee, but it tastes great, and you're still saving a bundle brewing at home versus buying it out. It's a luxury we do not skimp on.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good question!

    I generally buy whatever is cheaper. Our grocery store has really excellent generics. But sometimes the brands are cheaper, on sale. So, it juse depends. {Honestly, we are more loyal to some of the generic brands}.

    I am loyal to Tide laundry detergent (everything else I have ever tried is pure crap, in comparison). I am pretty brand loyal on make-up and toiletries. I guess I am picky on the non-food stuff. One thing I notice is that the *good stuff* goes a long way. (Shampoo and laundry detergent, in particular. May cost more up front - but lasts several times longer - same size container - than cheaper alternatives). Anyway, I find a high quality product, and I Stick with it.

    The one thing I could 100% not survive without is my Gilette disposable razors. All the generics I have tried are awful. I literally stocked up on a "several years" supply when I got a free amazon gift card recently. Phew!

  6. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Heintz ketchup, Tetley tea, Skippy peanut butter, Maille dijon.
    Can't live with out them. Everything else is up for grabs.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    I don't like the store brand cereals. But I can't think of anything else that isn't perfectly fine in generic form!

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Let's see, the only items I buy specifically brand name are French's yellow mustard, Kraft Miracle Whip, Orangic Valley milk, Bounce unscented dryer sheets and Franz Big Horn Valley Bread. The first two are taste related, the last three are allergy related. Everything else I have a few different store brands I like or brands that I'll switch between depending on price. I like non-toxic, unscented or naturally scented cleaners, but whether I buy Bi-o-klean, 7nth Generation or some other similar brand depends on price. There are three brands of cheese I'll switch between (and certain ones I will not buy at all). And there are certain brands I'll avoid like the plague. Usually though, I pay more attention to ingredients lists than brand names.

  9. jewels3 Says:

    I am brand loyal (as in would never consider another brand) on some things: Heinz ketchup, Tide detergent, Crayola products, Miracle Whip. Some items I prefer name brand, but will buy store brand, such as paper towels. Cheese has to be regular, not low fat or fat free. Honestly the cheese/dairy selection in Florida sucks. LOL. I am from Wisconsin originally and that's one of the biggest things I miss, is the huge dairy selection. We've been doing a lot of our staple shopping at Super Target, because they have the best prices, and found the Market Pantry brand (Target's store brand) is really quite comparable and a lot cheaper.

  10. Jerry Says:

    Kind of depends on the item as to whether it leads to a difference. Some brands are just irreplaceable, but other things can be replaced with a store brand with no problems whatsoever. However, I will admit that I am kind of snooty when it comes to accessories like watches, sunglasses, shoes, and outdoor gear. With foods I prefer to have some insurance that it's tasty and reasonably good for me, no matter which brand it is.
    Jerry

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