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  • Dopey406 Dopey406's Avatar 02-10-08 | 08:08 PM
  • What things do you buy generic and on what things do you splurge for brand name?
  • baby hungry 02-10-08 | 08:35 PM
  • I splurge on makeup and my shampoo. Those are things I just never go generic or even grocery store bottles on.

    I don't mind buying most grocery items generic. I try to always get the store I'm in brand.
  • Oreo Oreo's Avatar 02-10-08 | 09:02 PM
  • I'm slowly working my way out of my own kind of snotty thinking about buying name brands....

    I've just given up name brand peanut butter and jams/jellies for the store/generic. I can taste it in the peanut butter (but not so much to switch back) and not at all in the jelly.

    I've gone to generic detergents almost across the board.
    I do generic for paper products as well.

    But, for real food like frozen veggies, tater tots, fruit bars, some cereals, ketchup, canned veggies and mac & cheese, I do name brand.

    If the store is giving a major discount, I'll go either way for a discount on some things like croutons, salad dressing, etc...

    Let me add a question on to this -- WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR BEST COUPONS FROM??? I've been hunting down coupon web sites and they all seem to be a huge time-sucker without a great number or discount savings...
  • Dopey406 Dopey406's Avatar 02-10-08 | 09:02 PM
  • We buy Suave shampoo. I also like Tradewinds Sweet Tea. When we have kiddos in diapers, we buy Pampers. Both of our girls wear pull-up type diapers for bedtime and we buy Kroger brand for those. I like Colgate toothpaste and DH likes Crest.

    Pretty much everything else (food-wise) we buy generic. Kroger brand bread, bagels, crackers, canned fruit, peanut butter, canned soups, napkins, pickles, salad dressings, milk, ice cream, frozen veggies, cheese, eggs, chips, salsa, OTC meds, etc.

    We buy toilet paper, paper towels, and chicken at Sam's so we get brand names on those.
  • Susan Susan's Avatar 02-10-08 | 09:05 PM
  • it all depends on what the items are. I use more expensive shampoo/conditioner/hair products

    but a lot of food items I buy generic..we always buy the WOS brand..."What's On Sale" brand

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