5 Things That Are NOT Worth The Cost

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.

Medical Products

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.

Pregnancy Tests

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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» FB @ FabulouslyBroke.comNo Gravatar said: { Mar 21, 2011 - 09:03:33 }

I only disagree with yoghurt.. Life is too short to eat bad yoghurt πŸ™‚

We buy the Liberte brand which is way more expensive, but much better than the Yoplait or other brands. I like Activia myself, but BF is a yoghurt snob so… we end up buying the best.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

πŸ™‚ mabye I just haven’t had really good yogurt yet but between the generic we buy and the Yoplait, I don’t taste a difference at all. Maybe I’ll try something fancier eventually..or maybe not so I don’t know what I’m missing πŸ™‚

» eemusingsNo Gravatar said: { Mar 21, 2011 - 01:03:43 }

I’ve never seen a generic brand yoghurt! (Kind of odd, seeing as you can buy everything else dairy generic…milk, cheese, butter….) There are the meadowfreshes and the yoplaits (yes, expensive), and then the artisan type stuff that’s even MORE expensive. Buy yoghurt is fabulous, so it’s worth it to me.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Around here, most stores have their own in-house brand of stuff and that’s the yogurt we buy. I’ll really have to try some “artisan” stuff, or even make some yogurt at home (I’ve read the directions dozens of time, just haven’t gathered my courage enough for it) after all the raves in the comments about it.

» Dr DeanNo Gravatar said: { Mar 21, 2011 - 04:03:39 }

I agree with you on all of those. Like you, I’ve never had artisan yogurt. I usually add peanuts or other nuts, and can’t really tell the difference.
Generic drugs are fine.

Why the hell are you buying so many pregnancy tests to become an expert???? good luck with that! LOL

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Yes! I love adding little bits of goodness to yogurt, granola being my favorite. You really can’t tell the difference with good stuff like that in there.

and I’ve got a very fertile wife and 3 kids, we keep dozens of pregnancy test on hand just in case (my wife is one of ten, so we want to at least be prepared of one slips by the goalie) πŸ™‚

» Stacie HoganNo Gravatar said: { Mar 22, 2011 - 01:03:32 }

Cereal. I am in love with malt o meal brand. There are very few cereals that i have to have name brand on but most of the knock offs taste just as good.
Most dairy products. Buy the cheap version and you will have no idea. seriously.
Granola bars.
there are more but i just cant think right now lol.
I definitely agree on the pregnancy tests. This time around i was really anxious to find out so i thought about buying an early response one. 15 freaking bucks! For that price i could be impatient for another day or two and spend $3 on a few from the dollar store that work just as well.

» Len PenzoNo Gravatar said: { Mar 26, 2011 - 11:03:31 }

I never buy cheap t-shirts. Never. I find the shirts from those places that sell 10 shirts for 10 dollars last about 1.0783 washings on average before completely falling apart. In essence, they are expensive disposable shirts. A good t-shirt has a price per-use of far less than $1.00! πŸ™‚

All the best,

Len Penzo dot Com

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

I go for more of the $5 a shirt range and don’t really do much at all so they tend to last a year at least. I work in IT and sit at a desk, wear a sweater over my short all winter and don’t really do any outside activities so my clothes see very little ware πŸ™‚

I’d actually be curious how the $1 shirts would hold up for me

» Doable FinanceNo Gravatar said: { Mar 26, 2011 - 07:03:58 }

I always try to buy store brand – medicine, groceries, clothes and other such things. Brand name is for people who like to show off with the big ego, bigger than the biggest star in the universe.

About 10 years ago, I needed to buy a car. I asked a friend of mine to help me shop around. This friend drove a Porsche. You guessed it. We went to Porsche dealer. Those prices were way too much out of league. We then went a Jaguar dealership. Finally I said let’s go to Toyota dealer. He said why buy a car that would be at the mechanic all the time. Now that time Toyota had one of the best cars in quality and durability.

It’s the mentality some people have. People would not make their own cup of coffee but would prefer to buy Starbucks for $6 or more. Buying coffee for a buck at fast food is beneath their ego. They don’t wanna be seen at those places buying.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

That’s exactly right! The label on the bottle may be prettier but the stuff inside is the same. That’s a pretty good story about the Jag though, I know some people like that too.

» Barb FriedbergNo Gravatar said: { Mar 27, 2011 - 02:03:43 }

Hi Jesse,
I’m with you. I am the type of shopper that looks at price FIRST. If I don’t like the price, I don’t buy! That said, our couch was really expensive, and soooo worth it. If I don’t get off soon, my butt is going to get way too big :).

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

πŸ™‚ ya, same with my mattress, it was expensive but soooo worth it!

» PenquinNo Gravatar said: { Apr 3, 2011 - 09:04:49 }

The trick to buying gas is to get the “middle grade”. Most gas stations offer three different grades, but only draw from two different tanks. The top grade has cleaners/etc in it, while the lowest octane doesn’t. However, the middle one is made up of gas from both sources, and thus you get the benefits of those cleaners&additives while not paying the full price for ’em.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Ah I’ve heard that before. Have you seen the benefits in your cars health?

» Edwin @ Cash The ChecksNo Gravatar said: { Apr 14, 2011 - 01:04:51 }

I always buy the generic versions at the grocery store. Things like raisins, pistachios, bread, cereal, etc. It all tastes the same to me.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Yep, it all tastes the same and follows the same regulations, why pay more?

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