I have another frugal shopping tip today to help you save! This is a simple grocery tip for all of us. Buy generic. Sometimes! I have to add the disclaimer because there are times when I can purchase name brand products for cheaper than generic. 9 times out of 10, I will buy the product that is cheaper.
If you are someone who does not want to spend time couponing, buying generic is an easy way to save money. Most generic products taste the same or do the same job that their name brand counterparts do. For all of us, buying generic can help us trim down our grocery budget.
Generic milk tastes just the same as name brand. Generic flour and sugar bake just as well as name brand. Generic canned vegetables taste no different than the name brand.
My pantry shelves and stockpile hold a wide variety of generic products mixed in with name brand. Why? I buy the product I can get for a better price. Sometimes, that is generic, especially if I am looking for a specific ingredient on a given week to fill our my menu. Other times, the best price comes when I pair a coupon with a sale on a name brand product. Generic products do not usually have coupons while name brand products do. This is how and why you have to shop carefully and compare prices.
I will freely admit that there are a couple items I will not buy generic. I will not buy generic chocolate chips. I can taste the chocolate liquor and they are simply not the same. Only Nestle or Hershey’s or another name brand for this baker! I buy Colgate toothpaste for myself and Crest for my husband. No other brands do in this household. And if I’m baking buckeyes, I stick to name brand peanut butter. There is something different about the oils in the generic. I’ll use generic peanut butter for sandwiches and other baking but not for my buckeyes!
How about you? What products do you buy generic? Are you loyal to certain name brands?
To read the previous tips in this series, you can do so here.