You work hard for your money, and you may not want to spend more than you have to. When it comes to your weekly grocery trip, you might wonder if store brands are really as good as name brands. These three tips will help you know what to expect.
A Few Things That Aren’t the Same
Basic food items such as flour, sugar and butter will be the same no matter where you buy them. Some things, such as name-brand Coca-Cola soda pop and generic store brand soda-pop will taste different. The difference in taste is because Coca-Cola is a patented product. The store brand will be similar, but it will usually not be the same. It is worth giving store brand food products such as wheat bread, spaghetti sauce or bagels a try. You might find that you like the store brand just as well as the name brand, and you could save money in the process.
Medications and Supplements Are Tested
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for testing all medications, regardless of brand. Even over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen are tested for concentration and efficacy. You can have faith that the generic ibuprofen will work as well for you as one of the name brand options. Private label supplements are rigorously tested for shelf life, effectiveness, and more. Many of these products are independently tested for quality, results and ingredients. Their specific tastes and flavorings might be different. You can compare the active ingredients and inactive ingredients on the product labels.
Some Products May Be Identical
In many cases, name brand and store brand products are identical. For example, two-ply toilet paper is the same whether it has a manufacturer’s name on it, or it is the store’s private label brand. You could save a lot of money by choosing store brands on things like tissues, toilet paper, food storage bags and similar paper products. It is also important to note that the government regulates some products. Butter and milk are regulated, so they will be the same no matter what the name on the label says.
Consider trying the store brand once. You could even do your own at-home taste test by putting the food or drinks on a plate or cup without the labels. Have your family try them and tell you which one they like the best. You can then reveal the product’s origin.Do you do most of your shopping online? Check out this article to help you get the most out of it!