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While at the grocery store this morning, I was looking in the isle for my shredded wheat cereal. I decided to buy the store brand Best Choice Shredded Wheat. Since there is nothing in shredded wheat but 100% WW and nothing else, is the store brand the same thing as the name brand Post Shredded Wheat. The box I bought was only 2.50 compared to 4.00 of the Post one.<br><br><br><br>
What about canned fruit and veggies are green giant and libbys and del monte better than the Best Choice or Always Save etc. store brands?<br><br><br><br>
This got me rethinking my bread also. I put back the 3 dollar orro wheat for the 100% Best Choice WW Bread. I save about 10 dollars buying store brands today.<br><br><br><br>
Same or not?
 

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I will try the store brand at least once. Most of the time, I continue to buy it. In a few cases, it just really hasn't been the same (i.e. store brand cheerios).
 

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I find it's hit or miss. I will definitely try a store brand. I don't usually like store brand canned veggies. Frozen are fine. Some cereals are ok. Bread is definitely ok.
 

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I find it depends on the item. Many store brands are nearly identical to the name brands in every way but name. This is especially true with staples like flour, sugar, etc.<br><br><br><br>
I generally buy store brands and aside from one nasty salad dressing encounter can't recall anytime that the store brand was remarkable worse than the brand name.<br><br><br><br>
Talking about canned veggies specifically, I find that the name brands are of better quality (firmer, less stems and sketchy pieces) than store brands. But, I try to buy fresh and frozen as much as possible and find the frozen store brand veggies to be fine.<br><br><br><br>
The difference in a lot of cases comes down to packaging & marketing budget. Sometimes I even like to store brand better than the name brand.
 

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I always buy the cheapest one there hahaha.<br><br>
Unless its baked beans<br><br>
cause beanz meanz heinz (and economy ones are crap)
 

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I try to buy as much generic stuff as possible. However for some reason, I only buy brand name salad dressing, frozen dinners, shampoo, pudding, candy and chocolate.
 

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Depends on the item. I've had some really good off brand items and some not so good ones. I don't eat canned veggies or fruits very often. They always seem to have a metallic taste to me. Off brand frozen fruits and vegetables are usually about the same though. I don't eat a whole lot of regular bread, mostly pita bread. Offbrand cereals can be okay. Like the offbrand Chex style cereals are quite good, actually.
 

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Store brand Grape Nuts are nasty.<br><br><br><br>
Aside from that, I don't think I have anything against store brand items. I don't buy a whole lot packaged or canned, though, so it's not much of an issue.
 

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I buy the store brand most of the time. Sometimes I find the store brands actually taste better then the name brands (sometimes not though). My ex boyfriend always refused to buy or even attempt to try store brand products. He would pay a ridiculous amount on name brand foods like chips, cereals, drinks, etc but they would always go to waste. It would irritate me so much how he would throw money/food away like that. So I started saving the name brand boxes of cereals, granola bars, etc he bought and I would buy the store brand of them and hide them in there. He never knew the difference.
 

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As others have said, it depends. I like some store brand cerals, frozen veggies, bread, baking stuff, etc. Chocolate, canned veggies, and corn chips I prefer name brand.
 

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It depends. Lately, I've been doing most of my grocery shopping at a grocery outlet store. The name brands are cheaper there than store brands are at a regular grocer. There are always a lot of organics and veg choices too. I can get Whole Foods '365' frozen veggies for 50 cents a bag and they are in fine condition.
 

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I always go for the store brand - it's cheap & the ingredients are usually just basic ones w/o say added sugar or salt for certain cereals. As for taste, i thikn it's basically the same. I live in australia btw, and i buy lots of store brand pasta 500g only 49 cents!!! compared to brand ones like barilla etc costs up to 2 bucks 500g - see the difference in price but not in taste ;D
 

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It depends on the item. Store brand frozen veggies are usually fine. I tried Publix (Florida supermarket chain) brand vegan burgers once and ended up throwing out half the package because they were awful. Their soy milk isn't bad, even though it only comes in vanilla, but Silk brand has a ton more vitamins and minerals in it. Also, the Publix brand soda is hit or miss. The cola is awful compared to Coke or Pepsi, but some of the other flavors are quite good.<br><br><br><br>
Overall, I'm always willing to try the store brand once, just to see if it's any good.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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For me, store brands are best when there isn't much processing to the item or food. So paper towels, juice, and olives are fine, but cereal may or may not be. I've always tried the store brand at least once and I've occasionally gotten lucky and the store brand was BETTER than the name brand (but the closest store to me is a super Target which isn't always the cheapest).
 

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I remember a girl in my eighth grade class did this for her science project. Only one out of the 20-odd people she tested was able to tell the difference btwn the store brand cereal and the name brand. Personally, until there is a store brand Vanilla Almond Peace Cereal, name brand it is. But for other items I normally go generic.
 

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Hey fromper, have you ever tried Publix's veggie sausage links-= those are really good (never had their burgers). Anytime I visit my mom in orlando I buy a couple of boxes to take home with me.
 

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I've been buying lots of Sainsbury Own brand So Organics and have been very pleased. They are competitive prices with name brand non organic stuff. And much of their organic produce is in biodegradable bags.
 
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