Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Off-brands vs. name brands

Trying to figure out where to spend money and where to save it is difficult sometimes. I feel like a lot of times, we get tricked into thinking that the name brand thing is the best and everything else is crap. And while that is true in some cases, it’s not true in all. Marketing is deceitful, and mostly I’ve just done this by trial and error. Figuring out what brands work best for us, which ones to spend the money for the name-brand and where to save money with the off-brand. It’s a journey I’m still on, so I thought I’d share what products we’ve used off brand that we like, and the items to go name brand on. 

This could potentially be a very long list, so I'll probably need to do this in several posts.

I'll start with the off-brand first. Most of the time, we don't feel as secure about off-brands as we do about name brands. I am guilty of this myself. But when you're on a tight budget, you learn to cut corners where you can, and sometimes that means going with a less than popular brand.

Off-brand products to try:
Feminine Products: Those name brands are costly, people, and to be honest, the off-brands are just as good.

Contact solution: I've used the off-brand for so long. Ross and I tried the name brand Renu stuff recently (that is crazy expensive), and while I like it, I'm not sure I can even tell much of a difference. So, back to the off-brand we go!

Medicines: We use the off-brand for the kids' medicines and for ours. The only type of medicine we stay away from is medicine from the Dollar Tree, because I read that most of their stuff isn't FDA approved, which freaks me out a little.

Certain foods, like milk, oats, cheese, coffee creamer, yogurt, (*this list is noncomprehensive)

Baby formula: Some people can't do this due to their sensitive little one's tummies, or for many other reasons, but we were able to use the Target brand formula with Ezra and he was just fine.

Things to buy name brand:

Cereal: Have you ever tried off-brand Cheerios? Or Cinnamon Toast Crunch? So gross. No matter what, Great Value nor Kroger brand can get it right.

Deodarant: I've tried off-brand deodorant and it just doesn't work as well. Enough said.

Camera equipment: I'm a Canon girl, and nothing else will do. Love my Canon camera and lenses!

Razors: I personally use the off-brand, and while they are fine, they really don't work as well. Those name brand razors cost a pretty penny though!

Peanut butter: I am utterly in love with Jif Natural Peanut Butter and nothing else will even compare. I've even tried other "better" brands and the off-brands too. Nothing beats Jif Natural!

More later! What about you? What off-brands do you use?
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1 comment:

  1. shampoo and conditioner for me. As long as it smells nice and doesn't turn my head into a strawcap or greasebomb, I'm happy. The cheaper, the better. And body lotion, too (St. Ives, Equate, as long as it smells good and does its job...). Food we tend to stick to comfortable brands. Milk we do organic - but the "off brand" still more expensive than nonorganic, but a little cheaper. And we splurge on yogurt - Fage 2%, any flavor plus plain.


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