Money-Saving Mini Post #2
Hey y’all! Welcome back for another money-saving mini post! Last week, I outlined my first little tip for saving on a grocery item that we (a.) can’t live without and (b.) spend much more on than I realized until recently. If you haven’t already read it, go check that tip out here, and then read on for today’s tip…
TIP #2: BUY GENERIC BRAND ITEMS
When we first started feeling crunched for cash last fall, I thought the logical step was to start clipping coupons. So I got online and found as many printable coupons as I could, mostly from coupons.com. And then I started clipping away. On average, I saved about $10 on my grocery bill by buying BOGO and combining those deals with coupons.
While ten extra bucks is great, it’s not going to pay the bills. So I experimented a bit and decided to buy the generic brand of every item on my list that was possible. I was super skeptical, and I felt like I had thrown some extra generic things in my cart just for the heck of it—not because I actually needed it. Good grief; if I was buying stuff we don’t even need I was certainly failing the experiment!
BUT THIS TIME I HAD SAVED $140 OF MY USUAL GROCERY BILL. Can you even believe that!!!!? I was so surprised at how much money we saved and how little of a difference we could notice in each product’s quality or taste.
Ugh, I do have to admit a caveat: the other people in my family have strong opinions about certain products. Joel likes a special kind of toilet paper, Ellie Jane likes a certain cereal, blah blah blah. So because of the way my brain works, at first it told me we can’t buy generic toilet paper, generic cereal, generic blah blah blah. FALSE—away from me Satan! Do not be deceived. Buy both generic and the specific brand for your specific people; give your picky person their name brand item, and everyone else who doesn’t care gets the generic!!! You end up saving in the long run, assuming the items are non-perishables.
Also, I try to follow similar selective brand assignments around the house. Generic laundry detergent for clothes like sports uniforms, kitchen rags, little boys’ every day clothes, farm clothes—basically anything that’s not special. For adult clothes, girl clothes (because they care how they smell), our sheets, guest linens, etc we use nicer detergent and scent booster.
How about your family? Could they deal with giving up their brand-name food? What about household products? Comment below and tell us what your favorite thing to buy generic is!