After my first trip to Costco I posted on Facebook photos of what I bought and how much I spent. A good friend, who is a mother of five, commented you’re doing it wrong. Those are all name brands. You need to be buying off brands. Well a lot of the stuff at Costco is name brand but it begs the question what store brands are you willing to use for which products? Which products do you insist on name brand? Which products will you not compromise on?
In general I like the Publix store brands more than other store brands. I will also buy the Target store brands pretty readily. I buy some Wal-Mart and Kroger store brands.
Here are a few products we won’t compromise on:
Diapers – I bought Pampers for the girls and Huggies for my boy (they seemed to leak less with a boy). The only time we ever bought the store brand was when we were trying to potty train and wanted it not to feel quite as dry.
Pop Tarts – Michael has an issue with off-brand toaster pastries. I think it involves the PX where his mother bought all their food and he still recalls a terrible taste.
Quilted Northern Brand – the extra soft one – toilet paper – Michael feels very strongly about his toilet paper. If I brought home the wrong brand – not even a store brand – there would be heck to pay.
Kraft Singles – I think other other cheeses like this taste waxy on your tongue.
Coca-Cola products (sometimes by the Pepsi product) – Can you tell I was born in Georgia?
Yogurt – I do have specific brands that I like for the kids and that I like for me. (I am totally into the Greek yogurt now.)
Mucinex – I will only buy the 12-hour long-acting Mucinex. I have terrible allergies and this stuff keeps me from getting sinus infections. The store brands don’t last as long so I end up taking four a day. But man this stuff is expensive!!!
I’ll trade out orange juice, milks, breads, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauces, canned veggies, cereals, veggies, crackers, potato chips, cookies, lotions, toothpaste, floss, frozen pizzas …. Lots of other stuff.
What products are you brand loyal to? What products do you always buy the store brand on? Which store brands do you like the most?
What do you think of the quandary – Costco price on name brands versus store brand price from other store? Which is less or is it case-dependent?
by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajcMomania