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DevilDuckie
05-22-2008, 04:45 PM
What is one thing you buy where you refuse to cut any corners?


I refuse to pinch pennies on feminine hygiene products. I am brand specific and on this one thing I don't CARE what's on sale!

kbkids
05-22-2008, 04:46 PM
What is one thing you buy where you refuse to cut any corners?


I refuse to pinch pennies on feminine hygiene products. I am brand specific and on this one thing I don't CARE what's on sale!


AMEN!!! Tried a store brand last month - NEVER AGAIN!!

Fizzgig
05-22-2008, 04:48 PM
Toilet paper.

jeankeri
05-22-2008, 04:49 PM
Kitty litter. Although I do stock up when on sale or I use coupons. I hate litter box smell :scared: .

Mickey'snewestfan
05-22-2008, 04:51 PM
Childcare, and frankly anything that I feel impacts my childs safety -- such as carseats etc . . .

lilybrooke14
05-22-2008, 04:58 PM
Disney World Vacations. :goodvibes

We cut corners to get there, but once we're on vacation, it's all we can afford, baby!

WIDisneyFan
05-22-2008, 05:07 PM
Kraft macaroni and cheese :earsboy:

GinCar
05-22-2008, 05:12 PM
Velveeta cheese (although I wait for it to be on sale).

We budget for vacations- but we MUST take one.

My hubby's deodorant. He needs clinical strength.:rotfl2:

DVC Sadie
05-22-2008, 06:03 PM
I do not pinch pennies when it comes to my hair, some organic foods, our personal hygiene products and our dogs food and vet care. I do budget for them and if I had to do without something else or wait, then so be it.

Atchley
05-22-2008, 06:08 PM
I will not buy.....

generic feminine hygiene products
cat litter
peanut butter
Bisquick
soft drinks
yogurt (Yoplait only)
toilet paper

I have to have olive oil to cook with.
I splurge on vacation. (every other year)

willis37862
05-22-2008, 06:08 PM
Toilet paper.

I agree :scared: No cheap one ply sandpaper for us!

Disney World Vacations. :goodvibes

We cut corners to get there, but once we're on vacation, it's all we can afford, baby!

We do the same. I am willing to cut back and shop for bargains all year if it means one nice vacation a year, preferably to WDW. :goodvibes

pandora174
05-22-2008, 06:13 PM
I know it's weird but dog food & treats. Because if I change her diet she just won't eat & will immediately start losing weight. She is such a loving good dog that well I put up with her pickiness. Same goes for her treats. Oh well :confused3

ajk912
05-22-2008, 06:19 PM
Kraft macaroni and cheese :earsboy:

I agree totally. I don't care if the no name stuff is 20 cents a box, we won't eat it!

bb1955
05-22-2008, 06:20 PM
Coca-Cola......don't like store brands!!

Kaler131
05-22-2008, 06:22 PM
Crocs! I love the Croc brand and hate the knock-offs!:thumbsup2

DanaAustinChelsea
05-22-2008, 06:24 PM
I pretty much won't buy generic, but there are a few items that are store brand products I will buy. Iagree-don't skimp on cat litter. I don't skimp on their food either. I buy high quality almost $40 bags every two weeks! It is well worth it, especially if they use a litter box-less waste, less odors.

jwann
05-22-2008, 06:32 PM
my kids' shoes
feminine products
cat food
photopass on our Disney Trips
yogurt
fresh fruit

JuneCleaver
05-22-2008, 06:51 PM
produce...I joined a CSA to make it more affordable
milk delivery...is less expensive than grocery and keeps me out of store
fresh fruit
high speed internet
health insurance

june

MaryKLady
05-22-2008, 07:06 PM
Bras. :faint:

DisFlan
05-22-2008, 07:13 PM
TP - Northern Quilted
Kleenex
Coca-Cola
fem. hyg. stuff
dog food (Pedigree pouches) & treats
Kraft macaroni
Smart Balance spread
Silk chocolate (DH won't drink the generic - says it's gritty)

Other than these, we're pretty much open to generics and trying other brands. And I'll admit that every once in a while I have to have a handful of real Cheetos. The crunchy kind.

DisFlan

C.Ann
05-22-2008, 07:17 PM
Folger's coffee
Whole milk
Vitamins
Boost
Medications
Healthcare and health insurance
Foods that I "need" as opposed to "want"
Recreation and books for my DGD

KirstenB
05-22-2008, 07:21 PM
Groceries, although I'm trying to be more budget-minded
Kids clothes
Scrapbook supplies
Christmas shopping/holiday entertaining
Family Entertainment (we have Busch Gardens passes, we're DVC'rs, YMCA, Children's Museum membership, etc)

Where I do budget
We drive inexpensive gas misers til they drop
Do all our own home repairs/maintenance
Rarely dine out, unless on vacation
Don't have expensive furniture, etc

christa112
05-22-2008, 07:59 PM
I will not purchase any food products that are store brand. I am sure it is all in my head, but I can taste the difference.

timzagain
05-22-2008, 08:08 PM
In no particular order:-

[LIST=1]
Board shorts - DH and stepson buy only certain expensive brands that last forever
Running shoes - would rather buy a discounted pair at say a Nike outlet, than buy a Payless type pair
Coca Cola, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Cadbury Chocolates - would do without, rather than buy a substitute
DD's private school tuition
Sunglasses - years of cheap fashion-statement type sunglasses, I discovered that I have suffered some sun damage to my eyes. Have switched to reputable brands and won't switch back!
Generic detergents - have ruined clothes in just one wash with no-name detergents. Not doing that again!

Other items I forgot to add:-

Feminine products
Perfume/ cologne - nice stuff or nothing!

ImaFunMom
05-22-2008, 08:22 PM
Mayonnaise (only Hellmann's), tea bags (only Lipton), potty paper (only Northern or Angel Soft), ice cream (only Breyers or Blue Bell), soda pop (only real Coke and diet Pepsi, diet DP, diet Barq's), ketchup (only Heinz).

robsmom
05-22-2008, 08:32 PM
Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix
Dunkin Donuts coffee beans
Kellog's mini-wheats
green giant canned asparagus
Ben & Jerry's ice cream (sometimes)
tyson frozen chicken strips
Poor Richards' Natural Peanut Butter
Locattelli Cheese
Gruyere Swiss Cheese
Good Toilet Paper and Tissues (usually Scott's)
Glad Wrap Saran Wrap


These are the only items that i think i am brand or quality loyal to. Otherwise, I can do generic or whatever is on sale.

happygirl
05-22-2008, 08:41 PM
The only think I can think of is thrash bags, and deodrant

jjjmranch
05-22-2008, 09:23 PM
My DH cannot live without Citre Shine shampoo & conditioner. No other brand will work. I've tried to substitute with cheaper brands and it just doesn't work for him.

He also will not do generic Mountain Dew.

My list:
Synthroid (no generic medication for long term therapy)
Coca-Cola
Feminine Hygiene Products!:snooty:

Coll0610
05-22-2008, 09:27 PM
Diet Coke
Kleenex
femine hygiene
Eggo waffles (for DS)
Kraft mac and cheese
Velveeta
Name brand snacks (if I want Cheetos, I want CHEETOS, not store brand cheese curls)
M&Ms

Kycha
05-22-2008, 09:36 PM
My list is fairly short...
Quilted Northern tp
Viva paper towels
Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner
Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul brand cat food
Cascade complete gel dishwasher detergent
Turkey Hill iced tea

missycj96
05-22-2008, 09:38 PM
diapers - I only buy pampers - anything else and we end up with diaper rash

natenapril
05-22-2008, 09:48 PM
feminine products
TP
shoes for my kids and DH
Tide
dog food
yogurt
cheerios
peanut butter
huggies overnight pullups
miracle whip
PEPSI

jessily
05-22-2008, 09:59 PM
I try to find good bargains at the grocery store, but don't skimp on the healthy foods (fresh fruit especially). I buy store brand of almost anything I can... except Quaker white cheddar rice cakes. Costs me an extra 60 cents a week, but it's worth it to have a snack that doesn't taste like cardboard! (which the store brand does in my opinion).

FSUDisneyGirl
05-22-2008, 10:40 PM
Hmmm...

Deoderant :rolleyes1 LOL seems to be a popular one!
Kraft mac and cheese (I only like the shapes..like Spongebob...and Spiderman...)
Eye drops
Goldfish

Not sure what else...

disfan07
05-22-2008, 11:26 PM
We cant scrimp on most toilitries for me..im allergic to the chemicals in 95% of toilitries
we HAVE to buy:
burts bees shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, hand sanitizer
Toms brand toothpaste
SUN brand sunscreen

Also:
dog food (we have to buy I/D special diet which is EXPENSIVE!!!)
toilet paper
tissues
detergant
OTC medicine (i refuse to use anythin gbut name brand b/c ive gotten sick form so many that were not name brand)
we wont buy store brand for most foods...sometimes here and ther ewe might but 95% of the time is all brand name


I wish i could buy cheaper shampoo and conditioner though....$14 for a bottle is insane and its smaller than most bottles of shampoo!!!

TexasTodds
05-23-2008, 12:11 AM
I can't think of many things, since I am trying to cut corners everywhere I can. On MOST things, I have a try it once belief (especially if it is easily consumable) to see if we can go generic or another cheaper brand...

--I've only had highlights in my hair a couple of times, so I had to give those up, but I won't change hairdressers. Mine charges $50 for cut and style, which seems to be about average here, unless you go to cheap places. With short hair, it doesn't take much to really mess it up.

--I won't skimp on finding a good quality, well fitting bra

--For the most part, especially tennis shoes, I will only buy my kids stride rite shoes, most others, especially sandals, seem to leave blisters, and the quality is really evident when you look at them.

--also, love my "brand name" soft drinks, especially Diet Coke, and sometimes, Diet Dr. Pepper. Can't stand Pepsi products.

TwistofLemon
05-23-2008, 12:14 AM
I will only use Kraft or Hellman's mayo, but I try to wait til they're on sale. And we only like Heinz ketchup, and Charmin TP.

Hmm, That's a pretty short list :cool2:

tonilea
05-23-2008, 12:20 AM
Soda. I prefer Diet Coke, but I will buy Diet Pepsi if it is on sale. However, I refuse to buy the store brand. Can't stand the stuff!
Ketchup
Shoes - I will only buy good quality leather shoes.

rockyroad
05-23-2008, 12:23 AM
I agree about the Hellman's mayo.
I use the light.

But about ketchup, I have always bought Heinz.
Tired Hunts once and never again.

But recently I was in Aldi and I needed some ketchup and didn't want to make another stop just for ketchup.
Got the Aldi brand and I really like it.
Even bought it again.

Most things I like to get good quality, but at a good price.

mpls_mm
05-23-2008, 12:26 AM
I cannot skimp on....
Bras, underwear and bathing suits
Jeans I always buy on clearance but still at least $75 a pair
Make-up and skincare I have tried every brand and cannot live without Lancome and Philosophy
Shoes and Boots A good expensive pair of leather boots will last years, I just got rid of a pair of Italian leather boots that I have worn for three winters. I waited until the end of winter to replace, they were 65% off at Macys and still over $100, I'll wear em for years. I have to throw out cheap shoes after a season, but not good ones.
Kids Clothes (I get on sale and off season but only certain brands because they wash better and last longer)
Liquor (I am too old for cheap vodka)
Cascade
Eating out ( I go out at least 5 times a week )

However, I never wash my clothes in hot or warm water, I reuse fabric softener sheets, don't have cable, don't buy video games and systems and use nearly storebrand everything, cut and color my own hair. (I look good)

So picture me in $100 jeans eating store brand mac and cheese and drinking generic soda watching a TV with rabbit ears. I am weird. :confused3

fatewineroses
05-23-2008, 02:28 AM
I'll try almost anything generic ONCE. Then, depending on how we like it, it's either on the list or not. The list in my head, not an actual paper list. :)

lauralana9
05-23-2008, 03:38 AM
Mayonnaise (only Hellmann's), tea bags (only Lipton), potty paper (only Northern or Angel Soft), ice cream (only Breyers or Blue Bell), soda pop (only real Coke and diet Pepsi, diet DP, diet Barq's), ketchup (only Heinz).

I'm the same way with my mayo, I will only eat Hellmans. Funny story, I moved to AZ a few years back. At first I used kraft mayo because they did not sell Hellmans. Even had dad mail me some at one point. They did however have what I thought was a store brand called "Best Foods". I rem the first time I saw it I was like look at the cheap knock off because the jars were similar. Turns out that for some reason out west it is sold under that name. I was so ticked to find out I had been eating Kraft for over a year.

Soda and cat stuff have to name brand both Coke and Pepsi, ours is a house divided. As for feminine stuff i stick with one brand name tampon but on the rare occasions I buy panty liners (getting dressed up) I will use whatever is the cheapest.

Todd&Copper
05-23-2008, 06:33 AM
Dog food - the brand I buy for my pooches does not really go "on sale", although sometimes the local pet store will sell it at $4 off the regular price [I do not stock up when it is on sale b/c I do not have a place to store 40 lb. bags of kibble].

Coffee - I will only buy brands like Starbucks, Seattle's Best or Peets (whichever one is the best price at the grocery store that particular week). I do not like the taste of Maxwell House or Foldgers at all.

cinmell
05-23-2008, 06:36 AM
cut and color my own hair. (I look good)


How do you cut your own hair with it coming out looking good? That's impressive! I can't trim my bangs with out messing them up!

Cindy B
05-23-2008, 06:41 AM
My list is very short.


NOTHING!


I will do generic everything.. and in some cases it's better. Wegman's brand tastes better than most national brands!

I've grown up with nothing-- so it's what you are familiar with.

flowerpower
05-23-2008, 07:00 AM
I am a maple syrup snob.... :worship:

Only 100% Grade A Vermont or Candian Maple syrup for this New England girl.

I use it in alot of my cooking and I will eat pancakes or waffles dry versus eating the "fake stuff"

sandisuze
05-23-2008, 07:15 AM
Peanut butter- only Skippy or Jif
Ketchup only heinz
feminine products
Kraft mac & cheese
TP
and any other item i have tried in generic version and is totally gross then i will buy the real stuff.

DH will only eat real maple syrup -he's from New Hampshire-
(he doesn't get pancakes often)

hsmamato2
05-23-2008, 07:38 AM
these lists always make me laugh....what some people 'pay more for'others of us wouldn't buy those items,ever!

.....BUT.......that said....... I buy real crocs! Yes,some of the knockoffs are ok too,but I can always get the real brand as cheap as cheapo store brands,there are many good sales......
if I couldn't get the sales, the kids would wear generic crocs:rotfl:
Ground meats. I won't go into gruesome details here,but I won't ever buy cheap mass produced meats. It's the ONE thing I don't skimp on. Organic,free range is best,at minimum locally small-store made burger,very important to know where it comes from....:rolleyes1

We're not stuck on brands around here,as when we're purchasing premade 'junk' foods, my family will eat Aldi brand just as quickly as the 'name brand!

hsmamato2
05-23-2008, 07:40 AM
no....wait.... we're maple syrup people here too. But that's not snobbery,the 'other' stuff is NOT maple syrup at all,so I don't think that counts! FWIW,we'll buy any brand os Maple syrup that's a good price;)

jenm2878
05-23-2008, 07:44 AM
Personal hygiene items - shampoo/conditioner, deodorant (I'm allergic to most brands), soap, face moisturizer, toliet paper, and feminine products. I'll try to always find coupons, but if I need it I need it.

Vet care for the pets. Medical care for us.

Vacations. We save all year for our vacation and aren't going to eat sandwiches in our room or take crockpots to save a buck.

Food wise - I'm only adament about peanut butter being brand specific.

SandraVB79
05-23-2008, 07:46 AM
What is one thing you buy where you refuse to cut any corners?


I refuse to pinch pennies on feminine hygiene products. I am brand specific and on this one thing I don't CARE what's on sale!

Me neither, when it comes to absorption, P&G is the best, so only Always and Tampax for me. Whenever there'll be babies, Pampers for them!

Coca-Cola......don't like store brands!!

It must be Coca Cola or Pepsi Cola. Whenever it's orange or lemon soda, I don't mind it being store brand or so. (like the diet orange one from Aldi, but they don't sell it anymore :( )

Crocs! I love the Croc brand and hate the knock-offs!:thumbsup2

If i'm going to wear an ugly shoe, I must be SURE it won't hurt my feet, so only real Crocs for me!

Bras. :faint:

Only expensive-brand bras for my breasts. Wonderbra is the cheapest I'll go, and almost only for at home.

Other items:
- I don't use very expensive hair stuff, but I need the brands I use, nothing else, my hair is difficult enough.
- Only Dove deodorant, it's the only kind that doesn't make me smell bad
- Only Clinique and Lancome for my face, I try to buy Clinique only when on vacation in the US, it's very cheap there.
- Only "good" perfume, the cheap stuff smells bad and leaves stains on clothes.
- No generic medication. It's just not the same.
- Only good/ leather shoes. the time of the synthetic shoes is over for me, too old for that! But paying 200+ euros (300+ usd) for a pair sometimes hurts... :(

That's about it :)

DawnM
05-23-2008, 07:47 AM
I will not buy most processed foods, even if they are on a huge sale and others are stockpiling it for almost free.

I still drive my SUV.

I will not buy cheap coffee.....PERIOD! That is my one area of splurging and it isn't that much overall since I am the only coffee drinker in my family.

I buy a lot of all natural and organic products, including peanut butter, some produce, and when the family eats meat (I don't eat any.)

I am not cutting cable TV or cable internet. It is budgeted in and we get no channels where we are without cable.

Dawn

DawnM
05-23-2008, 07:48 AM
I agree....we get the large jug at Costco and it really isn't that expensive as it lasts a long time.

Dawn

no....wait.... we're maple syrup people here too. But that's not snobbery,the 'other' stuff is NOT maple syrup at all,so I don't think that counts! FWIW,we'll buy any brand os Maple syrup that's a good price;)

RadioFanatic
05-23-2008, 07:49 AM
Childcare, and frankly anything that I feel impacts my childs safety -- such as carseats etc . . .

when I first read the OP's question, I thought to myself, there's nothing I wont' budget on - and then I saw this answer - amen sister! I totally agree - I pay almost $1000 a month in childcare but I know I can breathe easy b/c where they are is safe.

RadioFanatic
05-23-2008, 07:59 AM
it's funny how you think of more

Scott's tp - not b/c of me but b/c dh won't use anything else.
miracle whip

lmillercrew
05-23-2008, 08:02 AM
It's fun to see where people will spend money and where they won't. Here's where I will not buy generic

TP-only Cottenelle (unless very desperate)
Cereal-bought generic for too long
Mac n' cheese- only Kraft will do
Shampoo/conditioner
Dog food-dogs love purina one
pizza rolls-only tostinos
trash bags
tennis shoes
mustard

Plantlady
05-23-2008, 08:08 AM
Vacation.

We scrimp and save all year long so that we can take 2 1/2 week vacations every year, no matter what the price of gas is.


I do refuse by generic BBQ sauce. I buy KC Masterpiece every time. Although, this is new. I decided about 6 months ago, I was worth that extra 70 cents. :)

DawnM
05-23-2008, 08:15 AM
We still DO go on vacation, but we do go on more budget vacations. I still have 2 getaway weeks paid for and will use them in the next year. At least one for Disney and then maybe one for Williamsburg or the Beach. Couldn't pass up the 2 bedroom condos for $179/week!

But then we have a kitchen, frugally eat out, and go off season to get better deals.

But we will still go!

Dawn

SandraVB79
05-23-2008, 08:26 AM
Another one I thought of: Washing powder (or however it is called in English). I don't want the cheap stuff, since I don't want to damage my clothes!!

minniebeth
05-23-2008, 08:35 AM
We buy a lot of generics, but some things are a must to stick to brand names for groceries...many have been named, but to add to the list: Glad Seran Wrap....I'm a walking commercial, but all the other brands get me so frustrated and I end up wasting more!

While I would like to buy organic milk, I just can't do $7 a gallon, so we buy hormone-free milk which is only .30-.60 cents more expensive than regular.
I try to buy meat that is organic as well as much as I can afford it.

While we make sure we get our "get away"/vacation each year, we work hard at cutting other things so we can keep it in our budget and work hard to get the trip in a budget we can manage.

MyPeanut&Bug
05-23-2008, 08:35 AM
Diapers and Diet Coke are my big two. I've tried multiple generics of both but they just don't cut it - my daughter is a chunky little thing and those Pampers Cruisers just fit her so much more comfortabley! And we do Aldi brand of just about everything else, so I don't feel bad buying "real" Coke. Plus I only buy it when it's on sale (usually four 12 packs/$9-$11, depending on the store and the sale)

GinCar
05-23-2008, 08:39 AM
Quote:
Only expensive-brand bras for my breasts. Wonderbra is the cheapest I'll go, and almost only for at home.


Oh yeah, I forgot about the girls!:rotfl2:
I will only buy Wacoal bras. They are expensive, but last forever. The girls must be comfortable!

punkin
05-23-2008, 08:46 AM
Bras; my DD15's hair products (very curly, dry, gorgeous long hair); shoes (I only buy on massive sale, but really good ones); organic milk. And of course the really big one that kills my budget: Children's education. DD9 goes to a private school and I am hoping to be able to keep her at private school until at least 9th grade. DD15 will be in college soon and I am hoping to be able to pay without having her take our exorbitant loans.

DebMcDonald
05-23-2008, 08:50 AM
Childcare, and frankly anything that I feel impacts my childs safety -- such as carseats etc . . .


I wish more people felt that way. I am a daycare provider and so often the first question people ask when they call is now much do you charge, not what do you do, what do you provider, not even meeting me.

Todd&Copper
05-23-2008, 08:52 AM
OK, a few ladies mentioed Bras, and I guess maybe you don't buy a brand available at a department store and wait for a sale? There are only two bras that I have found that give my breasts the right shape, but I will "stock up" when ther is a b1g1 deal at Kohl's/Macy's/L&T. I've never been in a situation where I have suddenly "run out of bras." I kind of know when they are starting to get a bit worn.

stahshee
05-23-2008, 09:29 AM
heat. I cant stand being cold:scared1:
helmans mayo.. that is a must
kraft brand mac and cheese
my childrens Christian school

kwhite1022
05-23-2008, 09:47 AM
I think what will be more interesting is to see if peoples lists remain the same a year from now, after gas has been over $3 for an entire year. I know for us, we are starting to waiver on some of those "must haves". I no longer go to starbucks (shocking I know) Ive traded down to a cup at MCdonalds once a week only, much cheaper and pretty good stuff. Used to be a Kraft snob, but not when I can only get it at $1.18 a box vs .45 cents for Spartan brand! When Walmart has the Kraft on sale I stock up and since it takes two boxes to feed my family, I do a box of each, and no one is the wiser. I used to be a laudry detergent snob as well, and only use Tide or Era....I hate to think how much I wasted on those brands, when I now use Gain, and love it better then those other brands! Used Pampers for the first child, and like the commercial, figured out it was just like the Jif...trying to be the "choosy" mom, so I found a knock off of each that worked for my other children. Diapers can be tricky if your child gets rashes, I could never use Luvs, had to go with Walmart brand, but they worked great and saved me a ton.

I figure the part we do not go cheap on involves me staying home. Im very close to being able to go back to work, and man would it help us out, but I refuse to not give my third child all that we did our first two....she will be in school in a blink of an eye, and Ill be back working....I will never get those years back...so for that reason I dont compromise in that area.

darose1234
05-23-2008, 10:48 AM
Quote:
Only expensive-brand bras for my breasts. Wonderbra is the cheapest I'll go, and almost only for at home.


Oh yeah, I forgot about the girls!:rotfl2:
I will only buy Wacoal bras. They are expensive, but last forever. The girls must be comfortable!


AMEN to that! Wacoal is the only way to go. I about fell over the other day when they were on clearance at the Macy's here in Texas :woohoo: I bought all they had in my size.

The other thing is I won't buy any coffee (to make at home) but Dunkin Donuts:love:

madge
05-23-2008, 10:51 AM
What is one thing you buy where you refuse to cut any corners?


I refuse to pinch pennies on feminine hygiene products. I am brand specific and on this one thing I don't CARE what's on sale!

I'm brand specific on those items, too. I have 2 brand preferences, so usually one is on sale when I need them. LOL.

I am also diet Coke loyal. I stock up when its on sale, like this week. I can get a 12-pack for $2.50 ... in fact, I need to go back and pick up a few more today.

jordansmomma
05-23-2008, 10:58 AM
There are a few items on my list
Shoes for my kids..DS11 wears a size 13:scared1: has flat feet, I need to keep those boats I mean shoes, to be a sturdy good kind.
Kraft mac & cheese-generic is just not the same
Bras-gotta keep the sisters happy...only Body by Victoria
Diet coke- not generic
Coffee- only Starbucks breakfast blend..I am a coffee snob. Nothing else will do
Laundry detergent- only Tide & downy & bounce.
Peanut butter- Honeynut Skippy only.
Jelly- Smuckers..it reminds me of my grandmas.
Clothes..I have 2 active boys..I need goodcanwithstandanything boys can do to them type of clothes.

Juliet25
05-23-2008, 11:11 AM
Coffee. I've basically cut back dramatically on going to Starbucks, but I have to have the "gourmet" coffee from the grocery store. I like Starbucks, Seattle's Best, or Millstone. No Folgers in this house!
:surfweb:


(but I did use a coupon for my last purchase :))

brandylouwho
05-23-2008, 11:14 AM
daycare provider-ours is on the expensive end but I trust them completely, so I am not changing to save $.

pizza-we are pizza snobs and have certain brands (actually certain local restaurant) we always buy from. The cheap brand ain't cuttin' it with my family.


vacation-we aren't skimping on them yet...and it will be one of the last things I give up or try to do cheaply. It is that important to me and my mental health.(We aren't "luxury" Disney people, but nor are we "Disney on a Dime " either).

Something I am changing/getting cheaper on--my car. Turning in my (gas guzzling, but oh so spacious & nicely loaded) Ford Freestyle lease for a little Focus.

SandraVB79
05-23-2008, 11:19 AM
OK, a few ladies mentioed Bras, and I guess maybe you don't buy a brand available at a department store and wait for a sale? There are only two bras that I have found that give my breasts the right shape, but I will "stock up" when ther is a b1g1 deal at Kohl's/Macy's/L&T. I've never been in a situation where I have suddenly "run out of bras." I kind of know when they are starting to get a bit worn.

Well, for bras, I'm addicted to Chantelle and Simone Perele, I buy all of them at outlet stores (Chantelle: 40 eur instead of 60+, Simone Perele: 25 eur instead of 60+) I buy Wonderbras by the dozen whenever I'm in the US. Same with Clinique products: In Belgium they are at least 3-4 times more expensive (this of course might change if the exchange rates change).
Purses: buy only Longchamp, but at outlet store, where they are half price (still expensive enough).

Perfume/ Lancome: only buy it when you get free gifts with it (bag, free travel sizes, free body lotion, KWIM?)

Whenever there is a promotion on felinine products or shampoo or so, I stock up, I don't think I have ever ran out of anything.

Clothes: Tommy/ Ralph Lauren/ etc get bought at the US, because it's so cheap (30 USD for a polo shirt opposed to about 75 EUR for one here!) Other clothes, I try to buy as much as possible at outlet stores.


So, while I'm a brand snob in some cases, I try to be a budget brand snob :)

Juliet25
05-23-2008, 11:22 AM
I wish more people felt that way. I am a daycare provider and so often the first question people ask when they call is now much do you charge, not what do you do, what do you provider, not even meeting me.

As someone who just last week called around looking for infant day care, my first questions were: 1.) do you have a part-time infant program?; 2.) how much do you charge per day?

It was just a screening question. I set up tour times from there. No use wasting my time and theirs if the daily rate was more than my take home pay!
:confused3

But I do agree with the sentiment of not scrimping where child care is concerned. I'm not happy about the price I'll be paying for my DD, but I know I'll go to work and not have to worry about her. That's priceless.

cocowum
05-23-2008, 11:29 AM
Liquor (I am too old for cheap vodka)


:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:


Diet Coke:drinking1 I drink a 2liter bottle a day! :scared: I try to get it on sale but it is the one thing I'm addicted to. Sorry no substitutions. :thumbsup2

(BTW, I only use generic TP. I can't stand the fluffy stuff) :upsidedow

Tosha
05-23-2008, 11:32 AM
My list...

my kids clothes ( Gymboree and Janie and Jack until they are out of those sizes!)

my kids shoes
toothpaste
soap ( must be Dove)
deoderant ( must be Dove as well)
feminine proucts
KOOL AID....I refuse to buy off brand ( I LOVE Kool Aid LOL)

madge
05-23-2008, 11:42 AM
I think what will be more interesting is to see if peoples lists remain the same a year from now, after gas has been over $3 for an entire year. I know for us, we are starting to waiver on some of those "must haves".

I haven't really changed my shopping strategies as the price of gas/food has gone up. I am a cerful shopper, using coupons and sales. I am also a stockpiler.

Things that have been changed or cut back? No more pizza delivery. It has gotten to the point that it costs more than I want to pay. If we want take-out pizza, it's either Papa Murphy's or carry out Papa John's on Tuesday, when medium pizzas are $5.99.

kwhite1022
05-23-2008, 11:57 AM
I haven't really changed my shopping strategies as the price of gas/food has gone up. I am a cerful shopper, using coupons and sales. I am also a stockpiler.

Things that have been changed or cut back? No more pizza delivery. It has gotten to the point that it costs more than I want to pay. If we want take-out pizza, it's either Papa Murphy's or carry out Papa John's on Tuesday, when medium pizzas are $5.99.



We used to be Pizza hut only people, now we do the Little Ceasars $5 pepporoni pizza add crazy sticks and its $8.47 out the door. Will feed all 5 of us, cant find a cheaper meal in my area. We also found that doing pick up for Chinease was way cheaper then going into the restaraunt. We can feed all of us for $13 (thats extra egg rolls and crab rangoons) but if we go in to eat it is over $30!! Well worth it to take it home.

MomofCKJ
05-23-2008, 12:10 PM
Coca Cola (no generic Cola, ick!)
Coffee Mate flavored creamer (liquid, not powder)
Stove Top Stuffing


Allyson :)

MrsR
05-23-2008, 12:28 PM
diapers
laundry soap
soda
certain name brand food items.

musclemouse
05-23-2008, 12:30 PM
Kraft cheese (however I make my own mac and cheese - YUMMIER)
Senso coffee
Starbucks (they are the only place you can get green tea lattes)
Juicy Juice

Ya, that's about it. Frugal frugal!

Sgt.Tibbs
05-23-2008, 01:25 PM
My must-haves are :
Health care and vet care, produce, Angel Soft TP, ALL Free & Clear laundry soap, Diet Cherry Coke or Diet Mt. Dew, Kraft Miracle Whip and Kraft salad dressings, Always & Tampax only, brand name toiletries, Wellness pet food for the dog and kitties, Tidy cat litter, Fekkai hair styling products (for my crazy curls) although I am using less expensive shampoo and conditioner, Bacardi rum or Absolut vodka...
ummm..I can't think of much else. We had to budget when I became a SAHM 9 yrs ago so we didn't have to pay out the $$ for daycare and now that my "baby" is in 1st grade and I graduated from my technical program (yesterday! WOOT! :cheer2: ) I'll be looking for a job and keeping our budget in place. :thumbsup2 But those are the few things off the top of my head I won't scrimp on.

Tigger2252
05-23-2008, 01:44 PM
I generally buy store brand but I stick with name brand products for:

Feminine products
Mayo (Hellman's)
Coffee (Maxwell House)
Toothpaste
Toilet Paper (Cottonelle)
Ice Cream (Edy's or Perry's with a coupon or on sale)

WaltD4Me
05-23-2008, 01:52 PM
There are just some things I can't go cheap on.

1. Shampoo / hairspray ... I stock up during sales.

2. Feminine products. I too have tried a store brand and won't ever again!

3. Toilet paper

4. Laundry detergent. I only use Cheer. I tried a cheapie brand once and broke out in a horrible rash

5. Lunch meat...I just can't eat the pre-packaged stuff. I go to the deli.

6. Coffee ... sorry I need good coffee, preferably Dunkin Donuts or Mill Creek

7. Tennis shoes. I gotta wear KSwiss, everything else makes my feet hurt.

kirstie101
05-23-2008, 02:32 PM
Pampers - everything else leaks on DD
Toilet Paper
Feminine products
Shoes (our family has bad feet and cheap shoes make it worse)
Deodorant
Shampoo and Face products for me
Granola bars - DH will only eat one specific kind

JandJ
05-23-2008, 04:03 PM
I agree with everyone who said feminine hygiene products :thumbsup2
Tide detergent and Clorox/Clorox2
Dawn dish detergent
Heinz ketchup
Prescriptives make-up and skin care
DH's dandruff shampoo
Victoria's Secret bras (I'm small in that area and need all the help, and comfort, I can get!)

Mandychelle79
05-23-2008, 07:28 PM
Feminine products
Spaghetti Sauce ( Gotta be Hunts in a can, but not bad for 89 cents of so)
TP ( But I do buy Scott 1000 sheet)
Cat Food

DevilDuckie
05-23-2008, 09:38 PM
So picture me in $100 jeans eating store brand mac and cheese and drinking generic soda watching a TV with rabbit ears. I am weird. :confused3


:rotfl:

It's funny because that's almost exactly the opposite of my own priorities. Half my closet comes from Wal-Mart but Lord help anyone who messes with my cable! :rotfl2:

DevilDuckie
05-23-2008, 09:41 PM
Scott's tp - not b/c of me but b/c dh won't use anything else.


Bet you a dollar he would if you stopped buying it! :lmao:

tonilea
05-23-2008, 09:58 PM
OH, I thought of another.... Dawn dishwashing liquid. Nothing cuts grease like Dawn.

musclemouse
05-24-2008, 09:32 AM
Okay I have a question. Seems everyone (well almost everyone) stated that they would never opt out for store brand fem products. I use Targets brand and never had a problem. Never. So I am confused. Is there something I don't know? HAHA!

Oh I can not go cheapo on razors! The only ones that work for me are the Venus razors. (oh have a tip about shaving...it's brilliant! Hair conditioner! I hate hate shaving lotion as it never conditioned my skin. ???)

I agree with (ORIGINAL) Dawn. It's also an awesome stain remover. It's magical!

Cindy B
05-24-2008, 09:42 AM
Okay I have a question. Seems everyone (well almost everyone) stated that they would never opt out for store brand fem products. I use Targets brand and never had a problem. Never. So I am confused. Is there something I don't know? HAHA!

Oh I can not go cheapo on razors! The only ones that work for me are the Venus razors. (oh have a tip about shaving...it's brilliant! Hair conditioner! I hate hate shaving lotion as it never conditioned my skin. ???)

I agree with (ORIGINAL) Dawn. It's also an awesome stain remover. It's magical!


I don't mind the Target or Wegmans brand either. Doesn't the conditioner work great?

Lizzybear
05-24-2008, 10:41 AM
As far as food, toiletries and cleaning products go there isn't much I won't buy the cheapest brand of. The only exceptions that spring to mind are face moisturiser and make-up, particularly foundation. I usually stock up on make-up and skincare products when I visit the US, much cheaper than here.
As far as clothes and shoes I mix things up.. I don't mind the cheaper brands but I do like some of the pricier ones too (though i'm not talking haute couture here *lol*) I'm a bit of a clothing addict but I do sew so I make a lot of stuff and indulge my habit much more cheaply ;)

GrowingUpDisney
05-24-2008, 11:50 AM
What is one thing you buy where you refuse to cut any corners?


I refuse to pinch pennies on feminine hygiene products. I am brand specific and on this one thing I don't CARE what's on sale!

That is easy...my children. ANYTHING with regards to my children and their NEEDS (not wants). I will not, under any circumstances, let them do without anything they need because the economy is so bad. I will scrub nasty toilets for $5.00 an hour if need be to make sure their needs are met. They will not ever go hungry, without a roof over their heads, without medication they need or without decent clothing/shoes to wear as long as I am alive. Period - no budging. ;)

AnninIowa
05-24-2008, 02:06 PM
I know it's weird but dog food & treats. Because if I change her diet she just won't eat & will immediately start losing weight. She is such a loving good dog that well I put up with her pickiness. Same goes for her treats. Oh well :confused3

Same here! Both of my dogs are on prescription food, and I only give them organic Newman's Own treats. They eat better than I do! :rotfl2: However, they are my only "children" and they are worth it!!

lauralana9
05-24-2008, 03:49 PM
Okay I have a question. Seems everyone (well almost everyone) stated that they would never opt out for store brand fem products. I use Targets brand and never had a problem. Never. So I am confused. Is there something I don't know? HAHA!

To be honest I never noticed any difference in how they worked. I used to grab whatever. But I really like the applicator that Playtex Beyond uses. Other than that I wouldn't care.

Oh and I forgot about conditioner, I stick with 1 or 2 name brands. I have so many mostly full bottles of cheap stuff under my sink. I finally figured out that I was wasting more money to try to save money and gave up.

Kycha
05-24-2008, 03:58 PM
To be honest I never noticed any difference in how they worked. I used to grab whatever. But I really like the applicator that Playtex Beyond uses. Other than that I wouldn't care.

Oh and I forgot about conditioner, I stick with 1 or 2 name brands. I have so many mostly full bottles of cheap stuff under my sink. I finally figured out that I was wasting more money to try to save money and gave up.

I agree...it is mostly about the applicator for me. I prefer the plastic applicator. But, I am trying to become more green and I just can't justify using the brand with the plastic applicator. So, now I just use OB. No applicator at all. And no waste.

And thanks to the pp for the tip on the hair conditioner for shaving cream. I would never have thought to do that.

HOGFAN
05-24-2008, 04:33 PM
Tampons
Mayonnaise
Detergent
Shampoo
Dog Food

lauralana9
05-25-2008, 02:17 AM
I agree...it is mostly about the applicator for me. I prefer the plastic applicator. But, I am trying to become more green and I just can't justify using the brand with the plastic applicator. So, now I just use OB. No applicator at all. And no waste.

Thats why I like the Playtex Beyond, its shaped like their plastic ones but its cardboard. I was thrilled when they came out with these. I liked their plastic ones but just couldn't use them either. i tried the OB but I just couldn't get them in comfortably. Have been thinking about giving them another shot.

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
05-25-2008, 03:33 AM
I am a Diet Pepsi addict, so I consider that my big splurge
We have to buy Tillamook cheese, not only because it is a superior, yummy product - but because my husband makes it, LOL!
Ditto Tillamook ice cream (even though he doesn't make that, I make the supreme sacrifice ;) )
DH likes Folgers coffee, and his motto is life is too short to drink cheap beer so he buys the good stuff.
I am very fond of Dawn detergent
I have bought the store brand of pads in a pinch, but in the end I always come back to Always with Wings
I rely on Tylenol PM to sleep most nights, and although the generics might be 100% the same, I am afraid to buy them for fear they won't work.....crazy, I know.
Crest toothpaste
I buy real Crocs shoes for me because they have to last, but I'll get my kids the cheap knock-offs since they outgrow them too fast to even wear them out.....
Can't think of much else we are picky about.....We have learned to embrace store brands as much as possible.

terri01p
05-25-2008, 04:55 AM
Heat/ Air
Dog Food
Perfume
Internet

beansmom
05-25-2008, 09:25 AM
It's fun to see where people will spend money and where they won't. Here's where I will not buy generic

TP-only Cottenelle (unless very desperate)
Cereal-bought generic for too long
Mac n' cheese- only Kraft will do
Shampoo/conditioner
Dog food-dogs love purina one
pizza rolls-only tostinos
trash bags
tennis shoes
mustard

funny thing for me...i will use REAL sandpaper instead of cottonelle. I guess that's why they make more than one brand. There are very few things I won't budget on...but I won't go budget on hair conditioner...shampoo yes...conditioner no. Has to be a decent brand.

tinkercat
05-25-2008, 10:08 AM
We are willing to try generic for most things, but there are some things that I have to buy name brand for:

Peanut Butter has to be Jif

Name brand hygiene products

Crocs

Diapers - We use cloth to keep my DD rash and chemical free, but there are only certain brands that we use.

Kraft Mac and Cheese, Heinz Ketchup, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing

Dog and Cat food

Baby wipes have to be Pampers brand

dananbethany
05-25-2008, 01:29 PM
What is one thing you buy where you refuse to cut any corners?


I refuse to pinch pennies on feminine hygiene products. I am brand specific and on this one thing I don't CARE what's on sale!

When I saw the title, that was the first thing I thought about! :rotfl2:

Mouse House Mama
05-25-2008, 01:33 PM
Well I buy mostly organic stuff and non dairy so I will not buy something that has HFCS in it just because it is cheaper. I too would scrub toilets before I had to do that.

My2Cinderellas
05-25-2008, 02:14 PM
We have to buy Tillamook cheese, not only because it is a superior, yummy product - but because my husband makes it, LOL!


Thank your DH for making the yummy cheese! I bought a 2 lb. brick of the Extra Sharp White Cheddar at Costco last week and cut into it for lunch today. I love good (fancy, imported) cheese, and for now am cutting way back on trips to the gourmet cheese counter, but cheddar cheese is a staple at our house! My splurges will be locally made goat cheese from the farmers market instead.

Must haves, most are for picky DD9, for myself there are very few. Hellmann's light mayo is one. Haven't liked the store brand hygiene products, but haven't tried Target's either. We still splurge on good coffee and tea, wine and artisan breads. There is a lot of belt-tightening we can do still. Summer splurges are good steaks for the grill (bought a whole NY strip, free slicing and packaging for $4.99/lb last month) and fresh veggies from the farmers market. They may cost more but are locally produced and so much fresher/tastier.

Kickapoo Joie Juice
05-25-2008, 02:42 PM
Cars-will only buy Toyota or Mazda.

Hair color: only buy Natural Instincts "Sahara"

Chocolate: Ghiradelli. Period. Don't even think of showing me a stinkin' hershey bar...

Everything else, well, I'll try anything once. That's probably why I insist on Toyotas, Mazdas, Ghiradelli, and Natural Instincts-the budget choices were disasters!