Somewhere down the line we've absorbed the belief that name brands are better and no name knock-offs are just not the same. But is it really true? I mean it's pretty hard to buy that bag of Robin Hood Flour when the no name brand is sitting right next to it at almost a dollar less. Which would you buy? I bought Robin Hood because it's familiar and I know it's good quality. For years, I have stuck to my guns on certain name brands but when you are feeding a family of five, it's tough to stay true. My eyes now automatically slide to the cheaper can next to it and more often than not I'm buying it.
So what have I learned in the process? Are the name brand products really all that superior?
Yes and No.
I know that doesn't really help but really it comes down to a product by product comparison. Some products are better than others. Take chocolate chips. I generally buy Hersheys but sometimes I get frustrated by how expensive it is for a little bag (Thankful they now sell jumbo bags) so I tried the much larger bag of no name chocolate chips and I have to tell you it was so bad, we still have chips sitting in the cupboard that I won't make cookies with. I don't know why I don't just throw it away. So I've learned you can't mess with chocolate. Quality of ingredients is very important or you just might find yourself buying "chocolate flavored" products like they now sell in Advent Calendars and Easter Bunnies. Gross.
Other items, I swear it's the same company just repackaging the same product in a cheaper package so as to target us
However, when I tried to switch to the bulk bag of fruit loops vs Kelloggs. That didn't go so well. While the ingredient list seemed the same and it had the same amount of Iron as it's more expensive sistah, they definitely were a poor quality turning into a big soggy mess in five seconds. I definitely could not pour the milk until the child was at the table or they'd refuse to eat it.
No Name Macaroni and Cheese? Blech. It just doesn't taste the same something even the kids noticed and they wouldn't eat it. Not that we eat much of this but I do like to have it now and then.
We don't have all the big box stores like they do in the US or the bigger cities in Canad so unfortunately, I have to really be aware of the sales going on at my local stores and shop as smart as I can. Which, when you are
Do you look for grocery coupons by brand?