The Store Brand Might be the Same as the Name Brand
Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 12:16 pm
Want to save some money on your grocery bill? There’s a simple way to do it that doesn’t even involve coupons. Compare the store brand to the name brand of a particular product. Chances are, the store brand will be made of the exact same ingredients. In general, the store brand is going to be less expensive than the name brand.
It’s time to throw brand loyalty out the window! This doesn’t mean that you have to quit buying products that are made by your favorite brands forever. There will be times when you have an awesome coupon that makes the name brand cost less than the store brand does.
The goal is to find the things you love at a lower price. Why spend extra money, for the exact same thing, when you don’t have to? There are many times when the store brand of a certain kind of cereal, canned vegetable, or tissue will be exactly the same as the name brand version. In general, the store brands are the more frugal purchase.
The first thing to do when you compare a store brand to a name brand is to take a look at the ingredients. You might be surprised to find that the two are exactly the same. Each one has the exact same stuff in it.
What about things like tissue or toilet paper? This might come down to “trial and error”. If the store brand is cheaper in price – it could also be cheaper in quality. Or, sometimes the store brand is just as good as the name brand. Try out the store brand and see.
The How Stuff Works website has some more tips for people who want to save money by choosing the store brand over the name brand. For example, did you know that milk is the same no matter what the name on the label happens to be?
Milk comes from cows, and there is no such thing as a “name brand cow”. Of course, there are differences in types of milk (skim, 2%, 1%, low fat, lactose free). Pick the same type, and then compare the price of the brand name to the price of the store brand.
Another great way to save money is in the cereal aisle. This is especially true for the types of cereals you may have grown up with. Compare the store brand corn flakes to the brand name version. The ingredients will probably be exactly the same. Use the same technique to find the least expensive version of raisin bran, rice crips, or shredded wheat cereal.