Currently Reading: Just bought Cindy Spencer Pape's Between a Rock and a Hard On, as well as One Good Man. Also bought Sandra Cox's Boji Stones and ordered Linda Wisdom's 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover. It should be here within 2 or 3 weeks:)
I finally got Dreams to open, but after the first several pages, my eyes were tired. I'm moving on. I might read it later on.
I'll confess; when I was younger, it was all about the Name Brands.
Paper towels? Had to be Brawny or Bounty.
Pudding? Snack Pack.
Peanut Butter? Peter Pan, Skippy, or Jiff (grandma's brand!)
Canned pasta? Frank-o-American or at least the Spaghetti-o's brand.
Toilet paper? Mom bought White Cloud.
Cereal? Trix, Fruit Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Honeycomb, Boo-Berry or Count Chocula. My sis liked Raisin Bran.
Laundry Detergent? Had to be Tide with Bleach.
But since becoming a mom, and living in an income bracket that is less than what I grew up in (what's up with that? I married for love, not money. What was wrong with me? Don't answer that...), I've discovered that some generics are just as good as the name brands.
For instance, cereal, canned veggies, frozen veggies, ice cream, box potatoes, bread, laundry detergent, medicine, and even fabric softener I'm perfectly happy with the generic.
But don't take away my Peter Pan peanut butter, Snack Pack or Jello pudding, Spaghetti-Oh's (yes, I still love 'em!), Charmin Toilet paper, and Bounty paper towels. Same for my toiletries. The generics just don't match the name brands.
One exception is the trash bags. I tried the Ruffies, and hated them. I switched to the Walmart brand, and loved them! I could get 50-ct for $6. But...they're slowly disappearing. They dropped to 45-ct...and then 35-ct...and now I am stuck paying $7-8 for 28-ct in the Hefty Brand. The nearest Sam's Club in an hour away, so I let my membership expire. And the trash men in this town will only take the black plastic trash bags; not white, and no paper bags.
What name brands do you firmly believe in? Which products are better in the generic? In today's economy, with everyone tightening their belts, will you give up taste or effectiveness over cost? I've begun planning my name brands into my weekly budget. I've been trying to keep my weekly food bill under $100. But sometimes when dog food, laundry detergent, toilet paper, kleenex, and cold medicine are needed in the same week, I'm looking at a start value of $30. And that means a week of 'How many ways can we disguise hamburger or hot dogs?'
With the holidays arriving, I'll be slowly adding baking ingredients, candy, and the occassional Christmas gift. This Walmart does not offer Lay-A-Way, which sucks. I could put $1000 in LAW and pay $20 a week, getting it out the first week in December. Now I have to buy it all year long, or here and there, or wait until the last minute. And the problem with all three of those methods is I either lose half of it, due to stashing it in various hiding spots, or the kids see that some boxes have mysteriously been shifted in the basement! Hmmm...did Mom do that deliberately? What's hiding back there?
So tell me; how have your shopping habits changed?