N.K. asks from Madison, WI on September 16, 2010
Generic/store Brands That Are Good?
Are there any store brand or less expensive brand products that are at least as good or even better than the big brand names? I was recently pleasantly surprised with Luvs diapers, and Equate feminine pads. Are there any others you enjoy using?
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C.U. answers from Omaha on September 17, 2010
I have started using the Wal-Mart brand for a lot of things. I use their paper towels, paper plates, and zip lock bags. I have tried a few different kinds of chips and they taste no different. We also use the great value brand cheese and shredded cheese. Also the great value contact solution and children’s Tylenol. Really any kind of pain reliever we use in the great value brand. I think the best baby wipes are the parent choice brand in the light blue plastic 3 packs (unscented). I just opened a carton of great value fat free ice cream and I was really worried it was going to be awful like the name brand ones is have tried but it was actually good. So store brands are not all bad, I used to be the biggest stickler for only name brand stuff but after trying some store brands I am coming around.
M.L. answers from Houston on September 16, 2010
Generic tampons are awful... they don't work half the time, but I do like the Walmart Parent's Choice diapers, though I strongly dislike the the baby wipes. Walmart's baby shampoo doesn't lather and you waste all of it trying to wash, so just go with Johnson's.
Generic packaged foods that you cook (like mac and cheese or something) are usually pretty gross and rarely cook right, but the rice and pastas are usually okay.
But, with the generic dry foods, like saltines, graham crackers, most cereals (expect for generic cheerios) are pretty decent. Generic Goldfish (Whales) are pretty good, though my husband doesn't agree.
Just compare the ingredients and nutritional information, sometimes they have a lot more fat and sodium, so I ultimately base my decisions on that.
When trying a new generic food, I usually only buy one to try it out, that way I know if we all hate it, I don't have 5 more in the pantry.
As for medicines and vitamins, I prefer name brand. They are usually a little more quality controlled, with more pure ingredients and seem to work better (b/c I have tried generics). I've tried generic band-aids and tape and such, but they don't work very well, they just stick to itself as I pull it, so I end up throwing half of them away trying to get one that will work.
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L.C. answers from Janesville-Beloit on September 16, 2010
I recently tried our local Aldis. I figured I had nothing to lose as they have a double your money back guarantee. If you don't like it take it back or the receipt and they will give you double what you paid. I have learned that their cereal is made by General Mills so it is exactly the same but in a different box. Their version of Pop Tarts are really good and the potato chips too. They have Gold 'Sharks' and my girls love them. I was leery of trying their meat, but hubby bought a corned beef brisket there and it was the best one I have ever had. There has only been one thing I didn't like so I will stick with Miracle Whip instead of their 'salad dressing'. All in all everything has been good if not better than some local store brands, generics or even name brands, plus we are saving A LOT of money. They do have weekly specials that are usually a name brand that they buy at a huge discount. Before school I bought a 24 pack of Welches single serving juice bottles for my girls lunch boxes for under 10 bucks. In the regular store it was almost 20. I do still stick with my Diet Dew, but the girls like their version of 7up and at $1 for a 12 pack its worth it!
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M.D. answers from Pittsburgh on September 16, 2010
We always buy the "off brand" when it comes to headache medicine. If you look at the label the ingredients and percentages are almost exactly the same, there for they work just as well. Plus you save the extra no buying the pretty package. Same thing goes for peroxide, rubbing alcohol etc. just check the label and you will find a lot of the numbers match the "name brand". The only thing to watch out for is the flavored medicine that you take orally, a lot of times the taste of the "off brand" is just awful.
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T.C. answers from Colorado Springs on September 16, 2010
Oh, we love Luv's. Better than Pampers or Huggies, actually. I was so thankful that I tried them.
We like Kirkland brand at Costco. Everything we have tried from Kirkland is top notch. (it is Costco's brand) And affordable.
Not sure what else to recommend though. I look forward to hearing answers from others.
S.H. answers from Honolulu on September 16, 2010
Kirkland diapers, from Costco... are better than the Huggies they sell there.
V.M. answers from Erie on September 16, 2010
From the sounds of it I'm sorry we don't have a Kirklands.
I was just going to pipe up, that I will do alot of store brands, but i have to have Campbells condensed soups, Miracle whip, welches jelly, and Ritz crackers, there are probably a few more things but those jump at me right now that i would never try storebrand for.
Also, i am able to get name brand stuff, really cheap, by using coupons and buying things on sale at the drugstores and then getting their "reward bucks" to use on future purchases.
A.N. answers from Madison on September 17, 2010
My advice is to try them! You will continue to be pleasantly surprised! I'm willing to try a generic brand once - if I don't like it, I go back. I was extremely surprised by the effectiveness of even the cheaper brands of laundry detergent - Purex, Xtra are a couple of examples, and some are almost half the price of Tide.
R.H. answers from Milwaukee on September 17, 2010