Next to shopping on clearance and cutting coupons one of the best ways to save some coin, and Lord do we need to save coins right now, is to buy generic; or the more posh way to describe it.... "off-brand" darlings, takes the sting of the cheap out. But more often than not the cheap only applies to the amount your spending because the mimic item works just as well, even better. Don't be a label hussy, red is red, aspirin is aspirin.Redditor u/Silent_Palpatine wanted to discuss how maybe we should be making some changes to our shopping lists by asking.... What off brand product do you prefer to the "real" one?
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Walgreens Nice brand pistachios are way better and cheaper than Wonderful pistachios.
HEB all the way....
HEB. I haven't been to HEB since May. I live in the DFW metroplex and the closet one to me is in Waxahachie which is about 40 minutes away. There's a Market Street just across from Kroger here though (being a Red Raider United Market Street's have an interesting place too... especially if I need to replenish my supply of Wreck Em's).
HEB's Pure Cane Sugar Dr. B's were my crack during since DP swung the proverbial "ban hammer" on Dublin Bottleworks.
Kirkland kettle cooked chips.
Every time I see mention of Kirkland or Costco, I get depressed, because there are none anywhere near me and I've never even been in one, yet I hear over and over how good they are.
In Canada, we have a store brand called President's Choice. They make the. best. chocolate chip. cookies. in the whole supermarket, called The Decadent.
President's Choice was basically the first "premium store brand" line of products and was developed by a Loblaw's executive.
He got the idea from seeing the success of store brands in general and realizing that people also wanted cheaper products that were high-quality and conferred dignity on the customer. He had to pitch the idea to the president of Loblaw's, who had a massive ego and thought the company revolved around him. He called the product line President's Choice to ensure the pitch would be successful.
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The Choceur peanut butter cups at Aldi. They are a hundred thousand times better than a Reese's. They have a higher quality chocolate, a higher quality peanut butter, and a denser format with none of the mealiness of a Reese's cup. The price is also suuuuuper cheap for a huge bag - like $4 I think?
Mind over Matter...
I'll take store brand drugs over brand names like Tylenol or Advil any day. They are the exact same thing you just pay more for the brand.
I used to work in a packaging department where we packaged berries. ~125g per pack, and those were expensive berries.
And both the expensive brand and offbrand grew on the same field, got washed together and got packed together. In fact, sometimes you'd even get a ~130g pack on the offbrand that were exactly the same berries. People said they tasted different, they did not. They said it could be the last-batch-type of stuff, it was not, just different pack and brand, the rest was 100% psychological.
Wegman's product > name brand product.
Wegmans is the only thing keeping me in upstate NY tbh. Kroger is a distant second, didn't mind shopping there when I was going to school in Georgia. Haven't found a grocery store that I like better than Wegmans in Johnson City, NY though.
Lucky Charms. The stuff in the bag usually has way more marshmallows.
Marshmallow Mateys are infinitely superior to Lucky Charms.
It's usually food items at the grocer. I can't see myself paying 1-3 dollars more for basic things such as eggs, milk, certain canned items, etc.
Some of the canned produce with a generic label is not necessarily Grade A like the brand names are. Some are, but you definitely have to know your store brands!
Dinky Dino virtual pet as opposed to the brand name Tamagotchi pets. Dinky Dino was an annoying, demanding little tyrant, would spite-shit on your screen, got pissy when it lost games, and ate like a horse.
Everything I wanted out of pet/child.
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