90-Day Budget Boot Camp – Challenge #3 & Giveaway

by Beth Montgomery on July 16, 2010 · 3 comments

in Contests, Frugal Series, Tips & Basics

This is Challenge #3, sponsored by Hanes, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp. If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

A new challenge was issued yesterday -

Try Generics!

Not every lives in the land of double coupons like me, so sometimes it’s not always cheaper to go with the brand name.   When a $0.25 coupon is really only worth $0.25, sometimes it just doesn’t really make enough of a difference in your savings plan.

Of course, some shy away from generics, but do you realize most store brands are made by the brand names we love?   And some are exactly the same or close enough that you won’t notice a different.

However, we always have our favorites!   In my family, it’s -

  • my husband won’t survive without Kraft Deli-Style cheese, StarKist tuna, Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, and Puffs with Lotion facial tissue (or so he says)
  • the only diapers that have survived my son are Huggies (we’re fairly certain he was sent to start the next great flood)
  • I’m allergic to most contact solutions, except Opti-Free (which is one thing I do buy in bulk to get a deal)

My daughters and I are pretty flexible.   Sure, we have our favorites, like Dannon Danimal Crush Cups, Yoplait Go-Gurt, DiGiorno Pizza, and brand-name soda, but we’re more than happy to accept an alternative if it saves if money.

Read more about Clair’s, who has to struggle to save in the land of no doubles, thoughts on generic products from medicine drugs to food!   Plus, enter the exciting giveaway from Hane’s (which, funny enough, is a brand name I do tend to prefer for comfort!).

Miss anything? Find out what’s new with Budget Boot Camp!

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1 Maggie July 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM

We are brand specific on very little…Kraft Singles, Mountain Dew, Scrubbing Bubbles, Cheerios, and that’s about it! Most of the time I can stock up with the name brands cheaper than generics, but I will buy a generic if there is no better deal and my stock is out.
Aldi brands are pretty good in my opinion, too.

2 Katie July 16, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one with brand specific favorites & Mt Dew is one of mine also. But for the most part, I go with whatever has the best price, regardless of brand. I can only think of one time that a generic didn’t work out, a cookie that tasted like cardboard!

3 Shelly July 20, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I have only a few things that I refuse to purchase generic on, but for the most part…I am not too proud to purchase generic :D

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