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We all know that buying anything generic can save us 1/2 or 1/3 of the brand name price. The question is what items should we buy generic and what items are better with the brand name? Listed below are a few items to help make your decision:

What to buy GENERIC:
over the counter medication

Generic medication are often perceived as cheaply made and may not work as well as brand names. Keep in mind, the same active ingredients in Tylenol are also used to make the equivalent Walgreens brand! Insurance companies encourage doctors to write their prescription in generic as they are much cheaper. 

CD/DVD re-writable Discs

Staples brand makes great quality CD/DVD spindles for 1/3 less of the price than the Memorex, Sony etc. Generic CD/DVD discs work the same way in storing your data and are certainly cheaper. For the simple use of burning music or storing pictures of your vacation, the generic way is to go. 


We don't always have to go for the Oranges with the SunKist sticker or the Tuscan Milk. As long as the fruits look fresh and not rotten, they will taste the same. It's also important to pay attention if the fruit is in season or not. When it comes to grocery shopping, brand names do not play a part. It doesn't mean the banana will taste better because it has the Chiquita label on it. 

What to buy in Brand Name:

Toilet Paper, Paper Towels & Tissues

This is where you want to spend that extra few bucks to invest in the good brands like Charmin toilet paper or Bounty paper towels. The generic brands do not absorb better as I have tested it in my own experience and they fall apart very easily. Let's not forget the harsh cheap tissue paper that could be hard on our noses when the cold/flu are in season (Puffs & Kleenex will do justice) .Even though generic brands may cost less, you will find yourself going through them faster than the brand names. 

Dog Food

It's worth to spend the extra bucks on Eukanuba or Wellness brand name dog food as they contain healthier ingredients to promote longer lifespan expectancy, shiny coat, strong bones and teeth. The cheap brands contain corn meal which act as a filling to make your puppy feel full but lacks the good actual protein.


It's better to purchase candles made by well-known companies such as Yankee Candle or Bath & Body Works. They have a better burn time and use lead-free wicks. The dollar store candles won't specify this information as they could contain toxic chemicals and be hazardous to your health. 

These are just a few items I'd like to share. It's important to use your judgment when it comes to picking out your personal items. Saving money could be a tricky thing where retailers could market their price to be cheaper but the bottle has now been made smaller! Always be aware and open-minded when it comes to saving money and make sure you are comparing apples to apples. 

gangstabarbie posted Mar 03, 2012

Wow, I never knew that cheap candles could be so risky! I would love to share this with others, do you by chance know the source of that info?

dealwagger (rep: 10.3k) posted Mar 03, 2012


@ dealwagger

Here is an article confirming Yankee Candles to be lead-free.

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) posted Mar 03, 2012


Great information barbie! This is very useful specially during drug purchase because that is when I am confused the MOST!

Florida2Texas (rep: 15.1k) posted Mar 03, 2012


My wife only buys Yankee Candles so I guess we are safe!

krmills1 (rep: 14.3k) posted Mar 03, 2012


Id have to disagree with Eukanuba being a quality dog food as it is a grain based kibble. Wellness is decent however. Depends on the dog, I still wouldnt feed Wellness my dog as they have used Ethoxyquin as a perservative in the past. Which is banned from human foods except for spices. Its known to cause cancer, liver failure, stillbirth, birth defects, etc. Taste of the Wild, Orijen, EVO and Canidae are about the only brands I would even think of feeding my pets.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Mar 03, 2012


gas had lead it it, and we didn't drop like flies.
I can't see how a small amount of lead in a wick is harmful, we don't eat it and the flame isn't hot enough to vaporize it.

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Mar 03, 2012