As the recession rolls on and food prices keep rising, many consumers are considering off-brand purchases.In some cases this can be a great way to save money. In others it means taking a big hit in quality.
We turned to a popular thread on Reddit for advice on the best and worst off-brand purchases.
'Always get generic over the counter medicine! It works just the same and is a whole lot cheaper most of the time. Claritin at Kroger was something like $25-$30. Kroger brand, $5.'
Source: fritopie on Reddit
'The worst is ketchup. Oh, dear God. I'd gladly pay a lot more for Heinz. It's totally worth it.'
'My silly thing is Heinz ketchup. I've loved it my whole life, and goddamnit, that generic crap just tastes like watered down tomatoes!'
Sources: cydeways and semisonic on Reddit
'My dog says the Kirkland dog food is the best! It's super cheap and contains no corn, wheat or soy.'
Source: Liypaamars on Reddit
*Editor's note: We disagree. See why generic pet food might not be the healthiest option for Fido.
'The worst off-brand thing I have ever bought was the cheapest 3 lb. 'tube' of frozen ground beef I could get at Walmart. Not that there was really a brand to it, but it was so bad and greasy, that we didn't end up using most of it. So it ended up costing me more, because we wasted it and I had to go buy better meat. Lesson learned.'
Source: deadshallweep on Reddit
'colouring crayons from the dollar store. Like trying to rub dried candle wax on paper. Stick with the tried and true: Crayola.'
Source: whuddafugger on Reddit
'I read an article claiming that Wal Mart coffee scored higher in taste tests than Starbucks, Dunkin doughnuts coffee and some other well known/marked up brands like that that they carry in the store. Sure enough, I'm drinking that stuff right now, it's the second can of it I've bought. $2.70 for like 2 or 3 weeks worth of coffee. And I drink a lot of coffee.'
Source: ogkhax on Reddit
'I discovered a few months ago that Wal-Mart sells a Great Value clone of Thin Mint cookies. They taste identical, and cost half the price.'
'The Trader Joe's brand of Oreos are better than the actual Oreos, at least for me.'
Sources: coffeeandbooks and freun989 on Reddit
'While I'm trying to drink less and less of it anyways, there is no substitute for Dr Pepper. I've tried Dr Thunder, Dr Dynamite, Mr Pop, just about any off brand I could find and while they aren't necessarily BAD, they are no where near as good.'
Source: reddeth on Reddit
'Exercise clothes. Target's Champion line is several times cheaper than Under Armour. They're not as high quality, but the savings make up for it. Besides, I wear my exercise clothes for only a few hours total each week, so it doesn't bother me.'
Source: djw87 on Reddit
'Best off-brand purchases: cereal. They taste the same (some off-brands are even better than the original!) and they are always cheaper or come in bigger packages = more bang for your buck.'
'Off-brand Honey Nut Cheerios. I don't remember the price off the top of my head but they taste the same, they're BIGGER (more crunch!) than regular, and cheaper.'
Sources: freun989 and Fauzlin on Reddit
'I will never buy generic backpacking/hiking equipment ever again. I once had a pack strap tear on me in the middle of a long hike. Had to carry my pack with one strap for miles. I've also had hiking poles snap and rain gear leak. Not fun.'
Source: tarsus1983 on Reddit