Today’s Frugal Tip: Consider the Store Brand

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Today ‘s frugal tip is to start considering the store brand- especially if the name brand is not on sale or you don’t have a coupon.  Why? Well, it could be cheaper and you may find you like it just as well or better.

Make sure you don’t assume that simply because it is a store brand that it is lower quality.

Remember- you don’t eat the label!!

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  1. says

    Most generic brands are actually made by the brand name companies. For example, McCormick makes more generic spice brands. Great advice. I find that usually the generic brands are less expensive than the name brands with a coupon.

  2. says

    When I first got married, my husband was brand loyal to a whole bunch of different brands. I slowly got him to try some other brands, both generic and national, depending on what was on sale. For almost every product he swore he would never switch brands from, we have found at least 1 acceptable alternative, and most of those are store brands. When we try other national brands, he usually does not like them. We have now been married 12+ years and I can only think of one product where he insists on a specific brand, everything else I have less expensive alternatives to choose from.

  3. Jodi says

    This is so true! My nephews will only eat “name brand” foods but when they go to visit my Mom she cooks meals while they’re out and hides the packages in the trash – they love it and it’s almost all store brands!!

  4. Stacey says

    I agree that you don’t have to be brand loyal. To save money, simply shop for the best prices and be open-minded about trying alternatives i.e. store brands or another brand that is on sale. If you get ahold of something that no one likes, just make a note of it for the future, but this rarely happens. Also, shop the sales…and stock up if you’re not a “couponer.” I just don’t ever seem to have the right coupon with me, or even if I do have a coupon, something else is sometimes a better buy anyway. I’m just starting to teach my kids, ages 9 and 11, how to shop. I have a set limit on how much I’ll pay for certain items, such as juice, cereal, snacks, etc. and let them pick out what they want from my acceptable price ranges for each item.

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