Do you buy store brand food products to save money? If not why?
I do buy store brands for a lot of things, because let's face it: green beans are green beans, no matter whose name is on the package. A lot of the time, there's just no difference between a store brand and a name brand, except the price.
However, there are some store brand items that lack the quality of name brands. For example, I've tried the store brand rice cakes at Kroger, and they're not as solid, or as well baked, as the Quaker Oats rice cakes, sold right next to them, for fifty cents more. I'm willing to pay more for a better taste and texture.
Larry this is a great question that I bet most of us deal with in the pros and cons area weekly at least.
I got this cancer and so I really care about what goes into me. Totally raw real organic stuff costs so danged much. "Avoiding sugar, additives, preservatives and chemicals and processed foods". Well if you go for all that you might as well go live in a cave and starve to death.
I set aside time to shop. Glasses in hand and reading ingredients. For a while I had a list of no no's like Sodium Benzoate combined with citric acid.And you can also go with "if it is hard to pronounce itself leave it on the shelf"
But it is so cool that you can find some excellent foods that I call "generic" just like my medicines. Same stuff different name.
You have to think bulk versus quality.
If I buy something and the packaging just stinks it tells me that quality control is lacking. So do not buy again.
Personally I go to store brands first. Then I compare to big name stuff. The one with less ingredients wins. Suck it up if it costs more and buy 3 if it costs less.
There is a funny other trick. If you buy it and it stays good for over week for things like bread or fruit do not buy it again. There is only one way stuff stays that long!
Kroger and Signature are good to go to first.
Sorry to hear about your cancer, Eric. I would also like to buy organic, but sadly the price limits doing that. I do buy store brands and compare it name brands. Often store brands are just as good. Thanks for your input, it is really helpful.
I almost always buy store brands. But there are a few products I have found that I like name brand better. Such as poptarts, oreos, and most brands of cereal.
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