Sunday, July 25, 2010

10 products to always buy generic (Sponsored)

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you buy generic versions of your favorite brand name products?  I do. Not always, and not with every type of product, but I pick and choose depending on what the item is.  I was reading this article on Wallet Pop called 10 Products to Always Buy Generic which recommends 10 non-brand name products to try.

These are the top 10 items listed in the article, and my thoughts.

1. Medications
I’ve always bought generic drugs from the pharmacy.  My father is a pharmacist, and he has taught me that you will get the same benefits from a generic medication.  With the rising cost of healthcare, why not save where you can?

2. Cereal
I have to admit that I never considered purchasing a generic brand of cereal.  Normally I just wait for our cereal to go on sale or a shop at a discount store.

3. Pantry Staples
Sugar is sugar, right?  Spices cost a small fortune too, so I always shop by price in the backing section for sugar, flour, spices and more.

4. Soda
We don’t drink soda often, so this one doesn’t really apply to us

5. Gasoline
I won’t name the gas station we like to use.  You can probably guess it, but we do like a specific company for our gas that is said to refine the crude oil more than other companies.  There’s really no way of knowing though, and if I’m low I’ll go pretty much anywhere but try to support U.S. companies if I can.

6. Electronic Cables
Sure, why not?  What are the brand names going to do any better than a non brand-name?

7. Makeup/Beauty
I admit that in the past I used to think that you had to buy makeup from big expensive department stores to get a good products.  But makeup has come along way, baby.  Drugstores have the latest and greatest products at a fraction of the cost of department stores.  Some will even allow returns if it’s not your color.

8. Batteries
Same as Gasoline – of course.  The cheaper, the better in my opinion.  Batteries are pricey and we go through them so quickly with all of the toys in our house.

9. Produce
As long as it’s fresh and in good condition, I buy whatever is on sale or costs less.  But mostly I like to grow my own.  It’s cheap and organic, and nothing is more fresh than hand-picked from your garden.

10. Baby Formula
I’ve seen the generic formula on the shelves, and I would have any problem buying store brand formula but we got a pretty good discount on a brand-name product when we needed formula, so that ended up being more cost-effective for us.

Like the Wallet Pop article states, many of the brand name manufacturers create the same exact product that the store will sell for less.  It’s just cheaper for the consumer.  Many people are embarrassed that friends may see their generic container on the pantry shelf.  They think that it reflects poorly on them.  So if it makes you feel any better, transfer the cheaper product into your brand-name package.  Personally, if a friend has a problem with a generic package in my pantry, then I’d need to get a new friend!

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