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31 Days to Save in 2012 – Day 17 – Get to Know Your Store Brands!

Posted By: terisblog on March, 17 2012

“31 Days to Save in 2012”:

A 31 day crash course to cut food costs big time in 2012!
http://www.TheGroceryGame.com/ saves TIME!

“Private label?” “Store Brand?” How do these foods and grocery products fit into your savings plan? They DO have a place and time that’s right for buying, and sometimes, even “investing,” but not always. Here’s how they measure up in terms of quality and value, and how you can use them to your best savings advantage.

Watch “Store Brands” video:

5 minute commitment done!

Now to show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on Facebook thread for Day 17. Ask questions, or share your thoughts and ideas on store brands! I told you my favorites. Please share yours and your store’s name and label!

http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

Optional Additional reading:

So now you know when the time and place is right to buy or even “invest” in store brands. And here’s the best part… Most supermarkets have a great guarantee on trying their store brands. If you don’t like it, most will set it straight by refunding or giving you the comparable name brand in exchange for your return of the store brand. Check your store’s policy, and you’ll know if you’re safe to include store brands in your savings repertoire!

Here’s an excerpt from my book, “Shop Smart, Save More”:

Teri’s Tip: No-name brands

When you know how to play The Grocery Game, you will most often invest in national brands on sale with coupons for less than store brands. But, when you “need” something that is not in your pantry, fridge, or freezer, you can turn to a generic or store-brand. That’s right–even if that cereal, soup or soda doesn’t have its own jingle and some American Idol singing its praises, doesn’t mean it’s not good to buy. In fact, a surprisingly large amount of these store brands are just as good as the national brands.

Take a look at ingredient labels of products that you frequently purchase. Compare the generic product labels side-by-side with the name brand labels and see what differences, if any, you notice. You might be surprised to find, that in many cases, there will be no difference at all. You likely won’t notice any considerable difference in taste or quality. Most consumers buy the national brand out of habit, not necessarily because it’s better.

And here’s a little secret: Some store brands are actually made by the national brand (with some small changes as specified by the store, such as ingredients). But for the most part, they are comparable. Here are some examples of manufacturers who make the store brand products for many supermarkets’ store brand products:

 

Manufacturer Items made for some store brands
Alcoa – makers of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil, various wraps, plastic bags
. .
Solo plates, bowls, cups, utensils
. .
Kimberly Clark diapers, baby products, bath tissue
. .
McCormick spices, seasonings, extracts, salad dressings, dips
. .
Birds Eye soup, chili, pie filling, frozen vegetables
. .
Chicken of the Sea tuna, salmon, canned fruit and vegetables
. .
Del Monte Canned fruit and vegetables, broth, gravy, soup
. .
Hormel Deli meat, chili, canned meat, bouillon
. .
Sara Lee refrigerated dough, toaster pastries, frozen bakery items

Because quality differs from store to store, and quality also differs among various items within each store, it’s difficult to say which ones may be better than others. For example, I have found that some generic paper goods and razors can be sub-standard. To formulate your own opinion about your supermarket’s store brands, feel free to try them when you “need” them. Take note of those that you like and those that you don’t.

End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by Teri Gault with Sheryl Berkhttp: http://www.thegrocerygame.com/more-ways-to-save/teris-book-shop-smart-save-more/

Now to show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on Facebook thread for Day 17. Ask questions, or share your thoughts and ideas on store brands! I told you my favorites. Please share yours and your store’s name and label!  http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

Stay with us!
We’re just getting our engines revved for more savings strategies!
See you on Day 18!

And PLEASE don’t pay full price for anything! :)

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