I tend to be picky about items and brands. Like I usually make my own salsa, but sometimes I want to just buy it and I only really like one brand, that Desert Pepper Trading Co. one. I also don't eat ice cream, so I depend on name brands for the coconut/dairy free options.
In fact a lot of the items that I purchase, I tend to focus my purchases on organic or soy/health foodie type items. So, those are all name brands or etc... Things like detergent I have to use Seventh Generation or something with no fragrance lol. I'm allergic lol. I sound like a food/purchase snob lol.
Haha...maybe I am, but I just am picky and with my diet of no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no cheese...lol I'm restricted! Yeah, but with things like salsa I've tried other brands, hate them...even the store brands. Booo on me.
Weight Loss Progress: June 08-June 09: -63lbs
Last edited by Jacquie668 : 10-02-2009 at 10:00 AM.
I get a lot of Archer Farms & Market Panty products from Target. The Market Pantry honey nut cheerios are fabulous, can't tell a bit of difference. Most of their products are great, but oddly, sometimes more expensive than the name brands. The Market Pantry of the regular handle tie trash bags are a little thinner than the hefty, so tear easier, but are seriously cheaper so I've used them anyway.
Wal Mart's version of ziploc storage bags are weak and get holes pretty easily, and aren't cheaper enough to be worth it most of the time. Their freezer bags are fine.
Frozen broccoli has been odd - the smaller bags of Market Pantry have all been great, but I've tried multiple 5lb bags of the MP and they have all been just terrible.
Market Pantry peanut butter is yummy.
Can you tell I do most of my shopping at Target.
Oh yes, I also like the Private Selection products, but I get them at Kroger.
The Target frozen pizzas are really good. The Archer Farms ones compare closer to the DiGiornio, the Market Pantry holds up pretty well against the Tombstone. And yes, $1 cheaper, sometimes more because they put the Target brand on sale a lot.
I don't understand why they have two different store brands, though.
I buy almost all store brand items for our staples. The exceptions are yogurt, string cheese, and laundry detergent. We've never been able to tell a difference and I'm trying to feed 3 kids on a budget. The kids actually prefer the store brand mac and cheese to Kraft. They said that the Kraft tasted "grainy". I did buy store brand frozen pancakes once, we'll never do that again, yuck!
If you do what you've always done you'll get what you've always gotten.
I shop at Superstore mostly and I buy a TON of president's choice and "no name" brands. Same or BETTER taste... and way cheaper!
One thing I also buy brand name of is bread. I loves my orrowheat sprouted grain
On my own personal journey I started on September 27, 2008
Starting weight 377, Weight in spring of 2010 198, Weight in August 2011? In the 240's.
Still plugging along on this weight loss highway!
it depends on what i am buying canned soup i will buy the name brand. There is one thing i will always buy the store brand of ~Maccaroni and cheese~ there is a little neighborhood store just a few blocks from me and the their brand puts Kraft to shame. It has a better cheese flavor and is not as salty. This stores off brand of "kid" soda is the best ( by kid soda i mean orange, grape, cream soda those kinds.) Their cream soda is the best one. Everything else is more trial and error i will give them a shot but they do not always work out.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up. ~ Vince Lombardi
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ~ Vince Lombardi
I am loyal to Tide Detergent and Schick brand razors. I am also loyal to Kashi cereal, Pepperidge Farm breads and snack items that my children eat. As far as things like paper towel, TP, tomato sauce, pasta, mayo, ketchup, etc. I will use whatever is cheapest providing there are no fillers in it.
I love the bulk bins at the Farmer's Market and am finding that I use more and more things from them. You can't beat those prices.
p.s. I have been brand LOYAL to Maxwell House coffees for two decades. Recently, I bought Kroger brand. I couldn't believe it but I couldn't tell any difference.
Last edited by Thighs Be Gone : 10-02-2009 at 06:16 PM.
mostly i've been a no generics girl- but well i'm buying a house and we're saving every penny. i had albertsons generic chive cream cheese and it was funky. but the walmart generic of the same is quite tasty.
i'm trying to expand my horizons... but sometimes we look at the off brand and it just looks... off. lol.