I really appreciate all of the lovely products ALDI has to offer. Just about everything on the shelves there is a generic or private label.
When I go to other groceries and try to use coupons, they’re always for some name-brand item. You’ll rarely find a coupon for a generic product.
Still, I’m curious: What products do you buy absolutely have to be a certain brand? How loyal are you to certain brands?
For me, if a generic item is the same price as the brand-name item (and they are the exact same quantities) I’ll almost always go with the brand-name. Do I think that the brand-name product is any better? Not necessarily.
Still, for = price, I’ll probably buy the brand-name.
If they aren’t the same price (which is much more common), I’ll buy the lower-costing item, whether it’s lower thanks to a sale or coupons or both.
An important element of being frugal means shedding your brand loyalties. If you’re always buying a pack of Charmin simply because you love how it handles your bum, then you could be paying considerably more than if you went with the lowest-costing item.
Actually, toilet paper is a bad example. Some TP should never come into contact with a bum–especially that 1-ply rough stuff that’s often found in public restrooms. Don’t buy that stuff.
But, be flexible. If another brand boasts double-ply softness, give them a try if the price is right.
Still, it isn’t frugal to take a huge sacrifice on quality to save a few nickels. If the lower-costing item is simply cheap and terrible, it isn’t worth a cent.
I don’t have any allegiance to any particular toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, razor, or most other toiletries/goods.
Through trial and error, I’ve discovered that I must remain loyal to a few brands. Here are a few:
Velveeta cheese. This cheese food product (isn’t that what they call it?) is delicious. I don’t care if it’s bad for me. I love it. Anyway, once I bought the Kroger brand. It didn’t melt right, in fact, it looked sort of like melted plastic. The taste was awful, and the consistency indescribable.
I won’t try another brand unless someone can convince me another brand really is Velveeta in different packaging.
Kraft or Hellmann’s mayonnaise–why do other brands taste funky? I don’t use much of this, but when I do, it’s either of these brands only.
Tampax. Probably too much info there, but I’ve used store brands in a pinch. Did not like. Kotex is ok, and I might buy some in the future if the price is right on, but I just feel really suckered into brand loyalty here. Someone wanna talk me out of this?
What brands do you absolutely have to have?