You work hard for your money, so when you it comes time to spend it, I’m sure you want to spend it wisely. When buying everyday items, do you choose brand-name products that ultimately cost more? Or do you buy generic to save a buck? For most people, the answer depends on what they’re looking for. For instance, your preferences might be based on things like quality, ingredients, taste, or strength. Ultimately, the choice you make will come down to a combination of things, as well as price. Here are five items you should never buy generic, and five that you definitely should:
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5 items you should never buy generic
1. Diapers – Put it this way, if absorbency and reliability are two qualities you look for in your baby’s diaper, going the cheap route could be messy. This is one of those cases where you really get what you pay for.
2. Paint – According to a painter friend, when you choose cheap paint you’re likely to run into all sorts of problems. The paint will fade quicker, wash off when you try to clean your walls, and hold marks and smudges that you want to get rid of.
3. Cheese – This is totally a personal one, but I think life’s too short to eat terrible cheese and the cheap stuff usually lacks flavour.
4. Make-up and beauty products – Think about it. You put these products on your skin and hair. Personally, I like to know that the products I’m using will do their job and are safe to use.
5. Batteries – There are some who swear by generic batteries, but I’ve always found that they die too quickly, forcing you to purchase them more often. When it comes to batteries, I always choose brand name.
5 items you should always buy generic
1. Over-the-counter medication – Go to your local pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to recommend a painkiller or cough syrup and they almost always recommend the generic brand. The generic brand does exactly the same thing, but has a lower price point.
2. Pantry staples – When it comes to items like sugar, flour and salt (to name a few), brand name doesn’t really matter. Give it a try! Grab the generic brand and save a buck.
3. Gasoline – The price of gas is high enough; it just seems silly to pay more for a brand name. Gas is gas. If you can find it cheaper at a generic pump, I say go for it.
4. Pop – As someone who only drinks pop from time to time, I really don’t care about buying a specific brand; especially if it’s tonic or soda water you’re after. But just as generic condiments aren’t for everyone, I’ll totally understand if pop falls into your personal “never buy generic” category.
5. Cereal – Again, this one could go either way, but if you give the generic brand a whirl, I think you’ll find that there’s very little difference between the two – except when it comes to price.