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2017-11-10 07:54:17 AM  
Dishwashing soap.  Pay the extra and get the Dawn.  Store brands are not as good.
 
2017-11-10 08:20:17 AM  
I don't really eat them anymore, as I prefer real cheese. However, if you're going to get processed cheese slices, get Kraft. The store stuff is terrible.
 
2017-11-10 08:20:49 AM  

jwa007: Dishwashing soap.  Pay the extra and get the Dawn.  Store brands are not as good.


Dawn makes my hands break out in a rash. I have to use Palmolive.

Stain teratment of clothes I use ERA. Nothing else comes close.

Get the store brand sugar, butter, flour.
 
2017-11-10 08:25:09 AM  
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Worth every penny
 
2017-11-10 08:26:51 AM  
I usually buy store brand for food items that come in boxes. They're the same... Most of the time it's just another run of the same production line with different labels. Or they buy a big chunk of whatever food and repackage it in their own factory.

Except for Hellman's. NEVER BUY STORE BRAND MAYO.
 
2017-11-10 08:27:29 AM  
No difference in most cases, all made by the same company.
 
2017-11-10 08:33:13 AM  

jwa007: Dishwashing soap.  Pay the extra and get the Dawn.  Store brands are not as good.


Yeah they actually add a lot of water to store brands.
When it comes to the pharmacy aisle, there is absolutely no reason to buy the brand name stuff.
You might pay double for tylenol and advil ect when the active ingredient is the same.
It is a well known scam within the industry.
As far as canned fruit and vegetables are concerned, it's a.quality control issue.
Brand names don't allow brown spots or ugly looking products..
 
2017-11-10 08:35:22 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: I usually buy store brand for food items that come in boxes. They're the same... Most of the time it's just another run of the same production line with different labels. Or they buy a big chunk of whatever food and repackage it in their own factory.

Except for Hellman's. NEVER BUY STORE BRAND MAYO.


fify

/miraclewhip ftw!
 
2017-11-10 08:40:33 AM  
I always buy store-brand contact solution. Brand name stuff is over 3x as expensive ($5 vs $17)
 
2017-11-10 08:42:39 AM  
Tinfoil. No seriously.

The home brand ones are a lot thinner than the name brands and tear too easily.

/may actually be aluminium and not tin.
 
2017-11-10 08:46:18 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Tinfoil. No seriously.

The home brand ones are a lot thinner than the name brands and tear too easily.

/may actually be aluminium and not tin.


It's all aluminium now, tin was phased out 100 yeasrs ago. Tin is just easier to say. I remember tinsile for the christmas trees, kinda thick, not like the mylar stuff now. and we'd take it off the tree to e used evry eyar. almost lead-like.
 
2017-11-10 08:47:31 AM  

kimwim: Tr0mBoNe: I usually buy store brand for food items that come in boxes. They're the same... Most of the time it's just another run of the same production line with different labels. Or they buy a big chunk of whatever food and repackage it in their own factory.

Except for Hellman's. NEVER BUY STORE BRAND MAYO.

fify

/miraclewhip ftw!


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2017-11-10 08:47:34 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Tinfoil. No seriously.

The home brand ones are a lot thinner than the name brands and tear too easily.

/may actually be aluminium and not tin.


Get that Reynolds non-stick stuff. It's a game changer for baking.
 
2017-11-10 08:48:07 AM  

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Worth every penny


All two of them?
 
2017-11-10 08:50:59 AM  
Costco/Kirkland imported vodak & Canadian were told to me by the liquor guy there to be Grey Goose & Crown Royal respectively. Taste like it too

For food items I'll try the store brand at least once & then go with it if it isn't significantly worse.  As others have pointed out, they're usually made in the same places as the 'name' of the same type (probably cheaper/lesser quality ingredients though).
 
2017-11-10 08:56:55 AM  
juice and cleaning supplies
Go with brand name on those.
all others I will go store brand.

the juices seem watered down.
and the cleaning supplies?  meh. haven't really found one that works.

but for some reason, Wallgreens allergy pills work better for me than any brand name.
not sure why though
 
2017-11-10 09:09:58 AM  

naughtyrev: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 165x262]

Worth a penny


Ftfy
 
2017-11-10 09:25:25 AM  
Yellow mustard- any store brand tastes good to me.
Ketchup, on the other hand, has to be Heinz.
Walmart (I know, I know) sells a store brand sliced white American cheese that melts like no other. And way cheaper and more convenient than Velveeta, which still has its own merits.
 
2017-11-10 09:28:41 AM  

domo_kun_sai: jwa007: Dishwashing soap.  Pay the extra and get the Dawn.  Store brands are not as good.

Yeah they actually add a lot of water to store brands.
When it comes to the pharmacy aisle, there is absolutely no reason to buy the brand name stuff.
You might pay double for tylenol and advil ect when the active ingredient is the same.
It is a well known scam within the industry.
As far as canned fruit and vegetables are concerned, it's a.quality control issue.
Brand names don't allow brown spots or ugly looking products..


I find that DayQuil brand name works better for me than the store brand equivalent. It lasts longer in my system as opposed to wearing off a good hour before I can take another dose like the store brand does.
 
2017-11-10 09:28:55 AM  
Hunt's canned tomatoes, only. Blue Bonnet margarine only. Kroger brand canned soups are as good as Campbell's, IMO.
 
2017-11-10 09:29:23 AM  
I shop at Aldi for most things, but I really do prefer their fake Kraft singles to the actual Kraft version. The one thing I don't buy at Aldi is laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. Tide powder for the win. It gets the hubby's mechanic grease stains out. It resulted in sparkling clean cloth diapers for the Mini Dot when we still used diapers. I also buy the Finish dishwasher tablets. Every other one I've tried leaves a film on both the dishes and the dishwasher.
 
2017-11-10 09:31:04 AM  

Erma Gerdd: Ketchup, on the other hand, has to be Heinz.


QFT
 
2017-11-10 09:33:54 AM  
I'll pay a little extra for the important things; coffee beans, cigarettes, toilet paper...
 
2017-11-10 09:35:03 AM  
Trader Joe's beer is terrible

Seconding condiments and juices, always get brand names of them
 
2017-11-10 09:37:30 AM  
Heinz ketchup.  I'll buy everything else generic including frozen pizza.
 
2017-11-10 09:42:24 AM  
Just recently I had a bad cold.  I decided to go for store brand lozenges to calm the coughing - I usually buy Cepacol lozenges.
They weren't nearly as effective at suppressing the cough.  I won't make that mistake again.
 
2017-11-10 09:43:41 AM  
I'll admit, I cheat like a son-of-a-gun when it comes to grocery shopping.  I'm one of those busy, old and misanthropic assholes that hates being out in a crowd on a weekend to go grocery shopping.

Fortunately, several markets in my area offer services where you order the groceries online and then pick them up.  Only have to deal with a single person, never have to get out of the car.  Now, for the cheat:

When you use a service like this, order as many store branded products as possible, then make sure you allow the personal shopper to substitute them if out of stock.  The substitution is generally the name brand at the store brand price.  Kroger is out of Big K brand Cola-O?  They sub Coke Zero Sugar.  The only items I never allow substitutions for are the items my husband must have - his Atkins frozen meals for office lunches (watching his carb intake because if his blood sugar) and the cat food, since the old gal is a picky eater.

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2017-11-10 09:44:47 AM  

kimwim: Archie Goodwin: Tinfoil. No seriously.

The home brand ones are a lot thinner than the name brands and tear too easily.

/may actually be aluminium and not tin.

It's all aluminium now, tin was phased out 100 yeasrs ago. Tin is just easier to say. I remember tinsile for the christmas trees, kinda thick, not like the mylar stuff now. and we'd take it off the tree to e used evry eyar. almost lead-like.


scottydoesntknow: Archie Goodwin: Tinfoil. No seriously.

The home brand ones are a lot thinner than the name brands and tear too easily.

/may actually be aluminium and not tin.

Get that Reynolds non-stick stuff. It's a game changer for baking.


Agreed. They both have their uses.
 
2017-11-10 09:45:23 AM  
Walmart Great Value paper towels that have the small sheets are a "great value" and thick enough to get the job done.
 
2017-11-10 09:46:15 AM  
Store brand medicine - as long as the strength is the same, quality shouldn't matter.  That cheap 100-count bottle of store brand ibuprofen makes the hangover more affordable.
 
2017-11-10 09:47:14 AM  
Store brand colas suck
 
2017-11-10 09:47:34 AM  

Cortez the Killer: I don't really eat them anymore, as I prefer real cheese. However, if you're going to get processed cheese slices, get Kraft. The store stuff is terrible.


Really? I buy the store brand stuff all the time and it taste the same.
 
2017-11-10 09:51:19 AM  

domo_kun_sai: jwa007: Dishwashing soap.  Pay the extra and get the Dawn.  Store brands are not as good.

Yeah they actually add a lot of water to store brands.
When it comes to the pharmacy aisle, there is absolutely no reason to buy the brand name stuff.
You might pay double for tylenol and advil ect when the active ingredient is the same.
It is a well known scam within the industry.
As far as canned fruit and vegetables are concerned, it's a.quality control issue.
Brand names don't allow brown spots or ugly looking products..


On the pharmacy stuff. Ask your pharmacist, sometimes they use a different bonding agent which doesn't release the active ingredient the same way. So ask your pharmacist.
 
2017-11-10 09:52:12 AM  
What's fun is playing the ole game of google the ingredients list to figure out who makes the actual product.

Sam's Choice Gluten Free Hamburger Buns are friggin amazing compared to Udi's, Scharr's, etc. They are actually made by Franz (ingredients are identical). If you are celiac and hate hamburger buns that fall apart on you, these things are great (and you can get them at Walmart too)
 
2017-11-10 09:54:25 AM  
I'll buy store brand ketchup. I think they save money by not putting so much sugar in it, so it actually tastes like tomatoes! Store brand mustard is fine too. Store brand "steak sauce" instead of A1 or HP is good too, and way cheaper. Worchestershire sauce on the other hand, I only buy the Lea & Perrins.
 
2017-11-10 09:54:47 AM  

Nattering Nabob: Walmart Great Value paper towels that have the small sheets are a "great value" and thick enough to get the job done.


Maybe it's a Canadian thing, but paper towel prices here in Canada are going through the roof.  6 rolls of the Walmart Great Value brand cost $8.48.  Every time I go to Walmart here I never see any bargains with paper towel.
The one bonus is Canadian Tire has a Mega-format paper towel brand where I can get 8 rolls for $4.88.  They aren't cut into the smaller sheets, but I don't mind.
 
2017-11-10 09:55:40 AM  
There are only a couple things I have to go big brand. TP is one. Cant stand those thin sheets that are more like wiping with wax paper than something actually absorbent.
 
2017-11-10 09:56:58 AM  
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usually a shiat ton cheaper than the big names (about a buck a bag vs four bucks), they taste better and are thicker (hold up much better for a big plate o nachos)
 
2017-11-10 09:57:19 AM  

ElwoodCuse: Trader Joe's beer is terrible

Seconding condiments and juices, always get brand names of them


Juices depends, Richfood makes pretty good juices, their Apple, Cran, Grape and Tomato are all top notch.
 
2017-11-10 10:00:15 AM  

Hooker with a Penis: Store brand colas suck


The cola flavor only the grape, orange, pineapple and Mountain Dew are acceptable.
 
2017-11-10 10:00:27 AM  
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2017-11-10 10:01:42 AM  

basicstock: Nattering Nabob: Walmart Great Value paper towels that have the small sheets are a "great value" and thick enough to get the job done.

Maybe it's a Canadian thing, but paper towel prices here in Canada are going through the roof.  6 rolls of the Walmart Great Value brand cost $8.48.  Every time I go to Walmart here I never see any bargains with paper towel.
The one bonus is Canadian Tire has a Mega-format paper towel brand where I can get 8 rolls for $4.88.  They aren't cut into the smaller sheets, but I don't mind.


Trump threw them all to the people of PR.
 
2017-11-10 10:08:58 AM  
Poptarts
 
2017-11-10 10:10:31 AM  

rudemix: There are only a couple things I have to go big brand. TP is one. Cant stand those thin sheets that are more like wiping with wax paper than something actually absorbent.


I agree, and I'm surprised you were the first to mention it.
 
2017-11-10 10:30:58 AM  
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2017-11-10 10:40:44 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: I usually buy store brand for food items that come in boxes. They're the same... Most of the time it's just another run of the same production line with different labels. Or they buy a big chunk of whatever food and repackage it in their own factory.

Except for Hellman'sBlue Plate. NEVER BUY STORE BRAND MAYO.


Had to fix that awful misspelling y'all had there
 
2017-11-10 10:41:55 AM  
The store brand soups I've tried were nasty. I stick with Campbell's, especially if it's an ingredient for a larger dish.

The store I usually shop at here (Giant Eagle) has some decent store brand stuff but the packaging can be weird, like the shredded cheese in "reclosable" bags that often don't reclose right.
 
2017-11-10 10:43:57 AM  
Paper towels and toilet paper, I always go for the same brand.

Medication I'll go generic or store brand if I can.

Once bought an Insignia TV from Best Buy that lasted me more than eight years without issue.

Everything else it depends on how I feel that day.
 
2017-11-10 10:44:31 AM  
No Name for life.

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2017-11-10 10:56:46 AM  

domo_kun_sai: When it comes to the pharmacy aisle, there is absolutely no reason to buy the brand name stuff.
You might pay double for tylenol and advil ect when the active ingredient is the same.
It is a well known scam within the industry.


Usually yes and things are getting better but it used to be that name brand pills had better binders and coatings to make swallowing them easier or so they wouldn't turn to foul tasting mush if you fail to swallow them fast enough.  I have a family member who has difficulty swallowing pills and until very recently I could never find store brand acetaminophen with the candy coating like Tylenol has.
 
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