One of the most popular tips that frugal bloggers tell their readers is to opt for generic or store brand products over their name brand counterparts. You hear that you’re paying for the name instead of the actual product, and usually each option has essentially the same ingredients to make it. Some people buy everything generic and have sworn off name brands for good. However, there are a few things I refuse to buy generic:
- Toilet paper: I refuse to buy cheap toilet paper. This is an expense I don’t skimp on, but do look for a bargain. 1 ply toilet paper is just not comfortable, and it frustrates me to use it even in places like public restrooms and hotels. I’m not saying I go out and find the most expensive package, but I won’t buy a brand I’m not familiar with. My husband likes Scott while I prefer Charmin.
- Cola: My husband purchased generic Cola, saying it would taste the same as Coke. I knew it wouldn’t but I tried it anyways. It was not good at all. I knew that I wouldn’t be tasting a beverage the same as Coke since they have a secret ingredient. I try not to buy soda too much, but when I do, I rather find a coupon instead of saving 40 cents and not enjoy my drink.
- Soap: Soap is something I don’t think is too expensive, even being a necessity. I enjoy the soap that’s for dry and sensitive skin. I’m not particular about scented soap, but I don’t mind it. Generic soap usually isn’t for sensitive skin, so I don’t buy it. My skin gets try and sometimes gets a reaction if I switch to a brand I’m not familiar with.
- Batteries: I’ve had generic batteries growing up as well as name brand. I’ve noticed that generic batteries don’t last as long. I’ve tried them in remotes, toys, games, and other electronics. They simply don’t have the lifespan that batteries like Duracell and Energizer.
- Toothpaste: Similar to my skin, my mouth is pretty sensitive. We’re all susceptible to enamel wearing and teeth discoloring, so I like toothpaste that combats these issues. Regular toothpaste gets the job of cleaning done, but prevention and protection is important too.
- Dog Food: A lot of people treat their dogs like they’re family, and who can blame them? Dogs deserve a balance nutrition just like we do. I’m not saying feed them off of your plate, but they deserve food that’s good for them. Before I got my dog, I would see commercials for natural dog food, and they would talk about how some dog food has filler like corn gluten and chicken byproduct. I buy dog food made from natural ingredients so my dog can live a long, healthy life.
- Laundry detergent: This sort of piggy backs off the reasoning for soap: skin sensitivity. I’ve tried generic laundry detergent and I itched with every article of clothing I put on from that washed load. It was unbearable! I’ve heard of people making their own detergent, and while that sounds awesome and is definitely frugal, I don’t think I could do that either. I just wait for it to go on sale.
What do you refuse to buy generic? Do you think the generic brands and name brands are all the same thing?
Briana Myricks is a 20 something freelance writer and blogger. Striving for financial independence as a newlywed, she blogs about young married life at 20 and Engaged.