I was chatting with Katie the other day (side note: check out her site if you want some pics of really cute dogs!) and she brought up a good question about name brand vs. generic foods- where are generic foods better than name brand (if at all?)  


I thought about my own shopping habits for awhile and then googled some articles to get another view. I came up with a list of items that I buy generic and a few items that I prefer name brand!


Things I buy generic:

  • pasta sauce, pasta, rice
  • beverages like OJ and milk (the article above even mentions that generic versions of these type of beverages might even be better since they can be produced regionally and thus are fresher than their name-brand counterparts)
  • cereal
  • flour/sugar/spices
  • fruits & veggies
  • yogurt
  • medicine (aspirin, Tums*, allergy medicine)
  • Ziploc* bags
  • Kleenex*, paper towels
  • ice cream
  • salsa



Things I prefer to buy in name brand:

  • string cheese
  • chocolate chips
  • tortillas


The best advice I can give you is to give the generic versions a serious try. Next time you're at the store and see a generic version of something you normally buy, give it a shot! The worst that can happen is that you don't like it quite as much, and decide to continue buying your name-brand item.


I can honestly tell you that almost every single item I've bought generic has turned out well (even the 3 I listed above weren't terrible, I just didn't prefer them). So try it and see how much money you can save!


ONE BIG NOTE: I have noticed a few situations where the name-brand of an item is actually cheaper than the generic version! It doesn't happen often, but when manufacturers run big sales, you might be surprised. Just don't assume that the generic will always be cheaper :)



*Yes I realize those are brand names so I probably shouldn't call the generic versions by those names... whoops!


Update! I did an experiment to see how much money I REALLY save by purchasing generic items... check out the results here!



Do you agree with that list? Can you think of any other items to add (to either list)?