Last week I wrote about some things that we never buy generic because the quality in the national brand is just worth the extra cost. Many of you agreed that those products and others you mentioned are worth paying a premium for the higher quality counterparts. Well, today let’s look at the other side of the coin. These are some things that we always buy in generic form to save money.
I’m sure some of you are shaking your head right now but we always buy medicines, ointments and the like in their generic form. In the past few years, generics have been created for just about every medical product on the market. They all have the same ingredients for the most part, and the big reason we don’t care for paying a premium for the name brands is because these are all FDA approved products. The FDA checks both the name brand and generic to make sure they are safe for use. Because these standards keep almost all the products like these on the market up to the same quality level, I have no fear when buying generic medicines.
This is another product I’ve seen people only go after the name brands but again, these are FDA tested too. We buy the very basic of the basic pregnancy tests whenever we are curious in that department. We’ll even buy them at the dollar store. We’ve never had a problem with them and if in doubt, the generics are so much cheaper, use a whole box to verify the result. I just can’t see paying that much for something you are going to pee and toss anyway.
I love yogurt, it’s one of my favorite foods and my kids love it too. We stock up pretty well on it whenever we do our shopping but we can only afford to do that because we buy generic yogurt. The name brand stuff is almost twice the price and on top of that, I personally don’t care for the Yoplait containers. The generic containers are much easier to scrape that last bit of yogurt from and they are stackable!
I will admit that I’ve tried sever different generic brands of yogurt and the texture of each is different. Some are more watery, and some don’t seem to keep as long so you kind of have to test out the different kinds and see which you like. Either way though, they are all cheaper than the leading national brand.
If any of you have ever seen my videos over at Pianoing.com you’ll notice I seem to wear the exact same outfit every day. That’s not exactly how I plan things, but when I go shopping, I buy the cheapest T-Shirts I can find. I’ll shop at Ross if I’m looking for anything fancy, but for the most part just buy plain solid colored T’s at the cheapest price. To some people it’s more than just a shirt, but I’m not one of those people. To me, a shirt is a shirt.
I’m sure you guys have noticed that there are different gas stations that always have cheaper gas. That is because these gas stations have poorer quality gas in general and don’t put any additives or do any treatments to their gasoline. I consider the gas at these gas stations to be generic gasoline. I’ve had mechanics tell me that this gas causes harm to your engine but I don’t know if I believe that and I’m not about to go out of my way to find more expensive gasoline for my car.
There are things in this world worth paying more for and none of which are found in the above list.
What’s on your not worth it list?
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