Buying store brand items instead of name brands can be a real money saver.
It’s definitely worth trying out because many times the store brands come with a money-back guarantee, so that if you don’t like it, you can get a refund.
You’re also not shelling a lot of cash out of pocket for the storebrand items – so if you don’t like it, it won’t break your budget. And who knows? You may find that you never go back to the name brand version again.
Here are five of the store brand items I regularly purchase:
1) Over-the-counter prescriptions. These work exactly the same as their name brand counterparts for about half the price. Watch the endcaps at Target, Walgreens, and Walmart and you just may find a really great clearance deal!
2) Milk. All milk tastes the same to me, so why spend a fortune on the name brand? Some of the best milk is a store brand I found at my local gas station for only $2.50 a gallon!
3) Diapers. I’ve had a decent experience with Target, Walmart and Walgreens storebrand diapers. They seem to compare quite nicely to more expensive diapers. Walgreens will frequently have great sales on their brand – or have a sale where you can get a package of the Walgreens brand for free when you buy Huggies or Pampers. This is a great way to tray them out.
4) Pasta. I put this in pretty much the same category as milk. If you’re purchasing plain ordinary pasta, buy the store brand. Save up your coupons to buy the fancier whole-grain, fortified pastas on the market.
5) Cheese. We buy the storebrand cheese for using in recipes – such as casseroles, pizzas and quesadillas. When it’s hidden in something, you will never notice it’s not name brand cheese!
Of course, knowing your unit prices is critical when it comes to shopping wisely. You may find that with a coupon, you can get a name brand item for free or nearly free. If that’s the case, then go for it! But if you find that an item you like rarely goes on sale or has a coupon, consider buying the storebrand. You may be pleasantly surprised.
What storebrand items do you buy?