I know we all buy generics of some things at least, but what do you think of these “7 Things You Should Always Buy Generic“? Here’s my take on it:
1. Pain relievers.
We only buy name brand over-the-counter medicines when we shop at Sam’s Club – it’s about the same price as the generics at Wal-Mart or CVS and we like to buy as much in bulk as possible. I hate running errands and bulk buying means I get to skip out on shopping as often, lol. If we are at CVS, we only buy generics since it’s all the same ingredients anyway. 🙂
We only buy 2-3 cases of bottled water a year simply because we like using the bottles for travel and refilling them for the mini-fridge. Those cases are almost always Kroger brand. One of my friends swears that Aquafina and Ozarka are the absolute best, but I honestly can’t taste the difference and we’ll just be refilling them with tap water anyway.
Maybe it’s just our local Kroger, but their store brand milk is more expensive than Springdale, so we buy Springdale. Why pay $3.50 for Kroger brand when they always sell Springdale for $2.50-$3.00 max? I also have a major complaint with HEB’s brand of milk – it doesn’t ever last until its sell by date! That annoys the crud out of me since we never can finish a full half gallon as it is…anyway, it’s usually Springdale milk for us. 🙂
Okay, I’ll admit it. I use coupons to buy Country Crock. Mr. BFS and I agree that is just tastes better than the generic margarines we have tried. We buy generic butter though. It works fantastically for baking!
I’ll buy Chlorox if a coupon makes it cheaper, but otherwise, it’s generic for us. I just don’t see any difference in the cleaning power between the two. We seem to go through one container of bleach every year or two…
6. Computer and printer supplies
I know people who will only buy the most expensive stuff in this category because they swear that its worth it in the long run because electronics last longer. I don’t agree because they become outdated so quickly. Also I don’t see why I can’t just get printer ink cheap versus paying for the name brand stuff.
7. Cleaning Products
I use vinegar the most around the house, but there are three name brand cleaning supplies we do buy. Shout, Oxyclean, and Comet. Shout works way better than the generics we’ve tried for my husband’s mud stains on his reffing gear. Oxyclean works magic on the grass stains on his white knickers. Comet cleans the stuff off of the shower grout way better than anything I’ve tried so far and costs less than $2 a bottle. 🙂
I can’t think of any name brand spices we buy. We did get a bottle of real vanilla while we were in Mexico, but I don’t think that counts. We also buy McCormick seasoning packets for tacos and chili, but that’s just because we like their blend, not because we think they use superior spices. Generally we look at the best Amazon Prime Day deals and go with whatever and stick with it if the prices stay low.
What do you think? Do you buy any name brands on this list?