Store Brands - Which ones do you like and trust?

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  1. EllenFrasier

    EllenFrasier DIS Veteran

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    My husband does most of the grocery shopping in our house. Once in a while he brings home the store brand of a product and I don't like it. Not sure if it's because I know it's not the name brand or if I don't really like it. ;)

    Do you have any store brands that you like as much as the name brand?
     
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  3. Zooshoveller

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    I love the Publix brand! Except their "Poptarts" and salsa. :crazy2:
     
  4. tnd

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    I will buy any Kirkland Signature (Costco) item except their environmentally friendly dish soap because I hate the smell. But I have liked every other Kirkland Signature item I ever bought. I also buy almost everything from the Meijer store brand if I don't buy it at Costco. My default is always the store brand unless the name brand is cheaper on sale. It is easier for me to list the few non-store brand items I buy. They are:

    -King Arthur flour
    -Heinz ketchup
    -Diet Coke
    -Bullseye BBQ sauce (no high fructose corn syrup)
     
  5. naomi78155

    naomi78155 SAHM 2two. LOVE DiS!

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    I love everything Kirkland (Costco), but I have not tried their brand of soda. I gotta have my Coke and Dr. Pepper!
     
  6. EllenFrasier

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    Well he was talking about Crisco shortening - whether the store brand would be just as good as the name brand. I was planning on making an apple pie and a pumpkin pie so I didn't want to mess with the ingredients right now. Anybody use a different brand of vegetable shortening?
     
  7. mowatm

    mowatm Earning My Ears

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    Nope...I buy Crisco every time. It isn't worth your recipe turning out poorly!:stir:
     
  8. mhsjax

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    Glad you said that about the Pop tarts, I have been tempted several times, even though I rarely purchase pop tarts.

    I do love most Publix brands, however I must add their tomato sauce to the list. I can't stand it, thin and watery.
     
  9. scard192

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    Surprisingly, seems like every time Consumer Reports reviews food/cleaning products, etc Great Value (Walmart) is usually in the top 5.
     
  10. cah5525

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    Great value butter quarters at Walmart are made by Cabot! Generic brands are made on the same line as the name brands... The machine never stops producing, they only change the case packaging boxes!
     
  11. North of Mouse

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    I rarely buy store brand products of anything, because in our area with double and triple coupons, plus sales, the brand names are always cheaper.

    I do buy a lot of my produce at Aldi's because it is usually very fresh, and so much cheaper than the other grocery stores - exceptions are good sales.

    I have tried different store brand items before and have always been sorry, so I stick with the tried and true. :goodvibes
     
  12. Zooshoveller

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    We used Walmart's baby formula - made at the same as factory as Enfamil!
     
  13. EllenFrasier

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    Thanks for the heads up on the butter! With holiday baking around the corner that's good to know. :)
     
  14. MomToOne

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    Just because something is made at the same factory doesn't mean the same recipe or ingredients are used. Not that Walmart baby formula is bad, just that making something on the same line does NOT mean it is the same as the name brand. It could be better, it could be worse.

    That said, I like Kroger's Raisin Bran. It's better than Kellogg's - it has more raisins!
     
  15. Gaston77

    Gaston77 Earning My Ears

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    If you live in maryland or virginia or pa personally you cant go wrong with Wegmans brand products!!!Great quality for the price
     
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    Here in Texas, HEB will sometimes have a sale where if you buy the name brand item you can get the HEB version free. I did that with bread once and they tasted the exact same. Pretty much except for Coke products I buy whatever is cheapest.
     
  17. Chim Chiminy

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    We do most of our shopping at Costco and so far have loved every Kirkland product we have tried.
    Even their soda.

    For other things we shop at HEB,but have not been happy with their store brand.
     
  18. daraddg

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    Don't know if you have Wegmans where you are but they have the best store brands out of everything I have tryed.The cereal copies taste just like the originals, the ice cream isnt just pumped full of air.Excellent store and prices are great but also nice because they have such a wide array that you can also get expensive gourmet items there too.
     
  19. brobrosmom

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    My favorite is Great Value at Wal-Mart. I also like Sam's store brands.
    When I do my grocery shopping I would say that my buggy is 90% Great Value and 10% name brand.
     
  20. AmericangirlinFrance

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    When I lived in the land of Kroger, I really liked their store brand stuff, especially the "Private Selection."

    Now I'm in the land of Publix and I'm not so impressed. Mostly because it's overpriced - Publix brand is ONLY cheaper if the name brand is not on sale, and name brands always go on sale (with coupons). And I don't think the quality is so great. (Their bagged salad is gross!)

    If I want to save money, I buy store brand stuff at Aldi.
     
  21. jdcthree

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    The only store brands I sometimes buy are Private Selection and Kirklands. That said, I did see a special that said many store brands are the exact same product as the name brand. They just switch the labels. I have no idea which products or brands though. They didn't reveal that info. ;)
     

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