Monday, January 24, 2011

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In today's economy most of us do what it takes to make ends meet.  It could be anything from dining out less to cutting out cable.  There are other ways to save before doing anything so drastic as cutting your cable.  There are coupons, catching a good sale, and the beloved generic brand!
 
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Let's face it, these no names are a money saver!  And some stores have really good deals and products.  I know Wal-Mart has their generic Ibuprofen and Excedrin for dirt cheap prices and mass quantities.  Yeah, I stock up on that stuff.  I also choose the no name cereals, and canned goods from my grocery store.  They taste good and the prices are hard to beat.  Even with coupons, the store brands usually works out to be the better deal.
However, there are exceptions to the deal.  For instance, my Diet Coke.  I admit it.  I am a coke snob.  Rich even put me to the test.  Guess what?  I could totally tell the difference.  I want my Diet Coke and nothing else.  That makes it rough sometimes.  It's expensive.  So when it goes on sale, I stock up.    It doesn't stop at Diet Coke.  I am also a peanut butter snob.  This choosy mom chooses JIF.  Because my kids like it?  No, because I like it!  Only one of my kids actually eats it so yeah, I buy the good stuff.
How about...ahem...feminine products?  Every woman has her favorite.  I tried the comparable brand once.  Yeah that was a total waste of money. Dish soap is another one I stand by.  Dawn.  It's the best.  At least to me.  I am not overly picky or high maintenance.  I just know what works best for me.
What are your must have products?

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15 comments:

Emmy said...

You know, I used to have a few things that I was brand loyal, but other than femine products, I don't think I have any loyalties anymore. Well actually yogurt, I always buy Yoplait.

Snuggle Wasteland said...

I only eat Jif. Can't stand anything else. I won't do store brand sodas either because they don't taste right. And only brand name feminine hygiene products, too.

I always get store brand canned foods, medicines, and dry pasta.

Christina Lee said...

Oh I am so with you there, lady!

mormonhermitmom said...

There's very few products that I don't find a suitable generic for. However....Andes mints have no substitute.

Mrs Montoya said...

I can't say that I am picky about brands. I will buy anything Kirkland brand. I trust Costco quality completely. My kids won't eat it anyway :)

Kaci said...

Mmmm Diet Coke is a must....I can't stand generic on that one. Diet Mt Dew too...no one can make it like them! HA! =) Have a great Monday!

Nikki said...

I used to drink diet coke all the time in college! good caffiene! :) My must have are nonfat chai's from starbucks...I just can't stay away from them!

MiMi said...

Yeah, I admit, everything can be store brand, and usually is, but Diet Coke has to be Diet Coke.

Nicole said...

I'm with ya on the generic vs Coke. It does taste different. Also the Wal-Mart version of Listerine, don't waste your money, it is gross!

Rachel said...

I'll eat generic brands of most things, but my hubby . . . he wont!

VandyJ said...

I do store brands of canned goods, pasta, dairy products, except cheese. We love the name brand cheese and since we eat lots of cheese, we go for the good stuff when it is on sale.

Linda Medrano said...

Starbucks coffee, French Roast. Diet Coke, (Accept no substitutes.) Best Foods Mayo. French's Mustard. Actually, I guess I am pretty particular.

Colleen said...

What is with all the pop posts today? Man I'm going to have to have some pop tonight.

Bongo jeans. They're the only ones that fit my butt right.

blueviolet said...

I'm a name brand pop drinker for sure. Feminine products, I'm starting to spread the love a little bit.

Rachel Sue said...

Vlasic Pickles. I know.

And yogurt and when I'm sick it has to be Canada Dry ginger ale and Welch's 100% grape juice.