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Stifler's - posted on 08/01/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I buy home brand products, mainly eggs, flour, sugar, milk, bread, laundry detergent, dishwasher tablets, carpet powder, cream, frozen vegetables, bacon, the list goes on. I used to buy brand name stuff when I first moved out of home because I was embarrassed but now I don't care. A lot of the products are made in the same factories by the same company, but half price on the shelf. I feel that a lot of people buy brand name products so they don't look "poor". If it gives me extra money for other things I don't care what people think of me buying pov looking home brand things. Do you buy home brand stuff? If not, why not?

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Charlie - posted on 08/01/2010

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I have a problem with the way woolworths and coles put the smaller companies , say a cheese company on lower shelves with higher prices the company loses profit and is eventually Bought out by woolworths and coles and made into what is known as home brand , yes its made in the same place but woolworths and coles have manipulated the sales simply to take over and bully small buisness out so they can "home brand " they do this regularly and i cannot support this type of corporate bullying .

I buy organic fruit and veg from farmers markets because it tastes better , i buy brand bread because it tastes better , i buy meat from the local butcher , i buy 100% recycled toilet paper which is very cheap and environmentally friendly .

As with organic foods the benefits of nutrition may be debatable but i personally prefer foods that havent been soaked in chemicals and to tell you the truth organic tastes 200% better so much more substance and flavour .

Rosie - posted on 08/01/2010

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i guess i don't have a home brand where i live, but i will buy generic alot of the time. i do a mixture of them, some generic things i like better even then name brand.
some things i can't live without name brand stuff-i have to have hellmans mayo, tampax tampons, anything but meat from walmart, etc.
i do it all because it's what is best for us, i could give a shit less if anybody looks down on me for it. i got more money leftover to do what i want with afterwards, lol!!

Shelley - posted on 08/01/2010

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I buy fresh fruit and vegetables at a farmers market also cheese yogurt honey eggs oils and spices and i have to say it tastes so much better. I buy meat in bulk from a wholesaler which too is fresher and tastes better. I make my own bread As for groceries i don't buy much in the way of packaged goods I always buy home brand staples. I have to admit female hygein products and toilet paper are a must in a better brand

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Cheap does not neccessarily mean bad as I said I buy local food where possible which is better and cheaper!

Nobody here said they buy rubbish food just cheaper alternatives to comparable food (some of the named brands are more than double the stores brands and the stores brands are the same/ better quality and taste etc).

I question the true benefits and quality difference of organic products as the organic products I have had are rediculously priced and are no different to normal ranges of products. So even though I can afford to buy organic products I would rather buy the same cheaper products and use my money on other things :-)

Barbara - posted on 08/01/2010

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I think it's kind of silly the way we as a culture insist on buying cheap food. Cheap is kind of relative, because most of the "cheap" stuff we end up paying for in the form of farm/oil subsidies, not to mention in doctor bills because the food is terrible compared to what it could be if it were fresh, in season, local, and not from a package with an ingredients list four inches long, with most of those ingredients being unrecognizable as food to anyone without a degree in chemistry.
We buy local when we can, and organic the rest of the time. Basically that leaves out both name brands and "home brands." ( Usually comprised of a bunch of bits and pieces coming from anywhere but your home state, and maybe not even your home country.)
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LaCi - posted on 08/03/2010

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"Seen at the supermarket check-out a few years back...
The person ahead of me put their stuff on the counter, all the human food was home brand but the pet food was the most expensive, fancy brand! Who was eating what??????"

Well, theres a huge difference between purina (peanutshells, corn, and other things dogs shouldn't be eating) and a good healthy brand. Whereas if you buy store products your ingredients list is virtually the same, I'll be one of those people when I decide to bring an animal in the house.


I buy store brand, Meijer organics and Meijer Naturals. I just convinced myself to buy their dish detergent, it smells like a cough drop, I'm very happy with it.

Meijer is the only place I've found that I can really do that. Kroger has their own organic stuff, it's really expensive in comparison though. Meijer has its own organic/natural everything, and I can't complain about its price.

Stifler's - posted on 08/03/2010

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Weird. I hate how people treat their animals better than their family. It's sick.

Aliska - posted on 08/03/2010

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Seen at the supermarket check-out a few years back...
The person ahead of me put their stuff on the counter, all the human food was home brand but the pet food was the most expensive, fancy brand! Who was eating what??????

Jacquie - posted on 08/03/2010

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I grew up where we shopped at a store where it was nothing but the stuff other stores couldn't sell (damaged). Watching my mother shop that way taught me to do it. We shop at walmart cause it's the cheapest place to shop and we buy almost everything in the great value brand. If I have a coupon elsewhere for a brand name that's cheaper than the great value stuff then I'll buy it but other wise I go with great value. We buy brand name of most cleaning products and hygiene products though just because I have found they work better. However when it comes to food for the most part the cheap stuff is the same and we don't eat a whole lot of processed stuff to begin with so it's not a big deal.

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I try to buy Australian made (most of the generic brands aren't Australian made) and Fair Trade, because I hate the idea of big companies ripping off poverty-stricken workers.

Jane - posted on 08/02/2010

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I buy whichever is the cheapest AS LONG AS it tastes the same. For the most part, store brands are always the cheapest unless the name brand is having some big sale. There are only a few things I won't buy store brand...one of them is Cheerios...I don't care what anyone says....fake Cheerios...no matter WHO'S brand, do not taste like the real thing (LOL).

I have never been embarrased to buy store brand but now it seems it's trendy :)

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Wow just had a look at the farm fresh/wholesale/farmgate..... well whatever i could find. Great prices.
Thanks Jodi i had forgotten about these sort of places.
I'll just have to save for a little while, although it doesn't look like i could afford a half beast let alone a full one. But lucky they do smaller ones as well!

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I forgot to add that we buy most of our frest fruit from the fruit stand at our local flea market. Their prices are better and their fruit is better than the grocery stores. I would much rather wait for our Saturday trip and be without fruit for a couple days than pay way more for substandard products!

We also grow most of our own veggies (we did everything except carrots this year) and we plan on buying our veggies from the flea market in the winter time along with our fruit (the company that does it has a bunch of greenhouses so they can produce all year long - it's wonderful!).

Jodi - posted on 08/01/2010

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I have very little choice but to go to Woolies for half of my things, but I try to get all my fresh foods at the food markets. Some things are no cheaper, some things are a lot cheaper, but the quality is 10 times better than at Woolies. We do have an IGA nearby, but I can't always get everything, and I find it difficult to find the time to have to shop in 2 different supermarket locations AS WELL as the markets to get my weekly shopping done.



Have you seen those wholesale/farm gate meat places that deliver it too? You can order online (depending on where you live), and they do deliveries in refrigerated trucks. I am trying to clear some space for my second freezer so I can start using that service, because their prices are REALLY good. You just have to order enough to make it worthwhile.

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I'm a mixture. I LOVE the diapers in the Target brand (Up & Up) among other things (Wal-Mart brand formula saved our wallet!!!). I never feel bad or cheap or "less" because I buy store brand stuff.



A funny story... I was grocery shopping with my 2 1/2 year-old once and we had to get condiments. So, we were walking down the aisle and I was talking to her (like always) and I was saying, "See Nana, we buy katchup in this brand because it's cheaper, and we buy the mustard in this brand too. But we NEVER, never, never buy our mayonaise in this brand. We buy Best Foods. You can go cheap on everything else, but never go cheap on the mayo." As my daughter was lauging at me a woman behind me says "Amen to that sister! Amen to that!" It was hilarious! LOL

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And i'd love to buy half a beast but the upfront cost is to much for us and we don't have the space. But i should look into it as i live in a farming community.

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I refuse to shop at woolworths, They are rediculously expensive even their home brand products.

When i go shopping i write out my list and then i go to where ever had it the cheapest. Our lists dont change to much from week to week.

I shop seasonal for the fresh stuff but don't have a farmers market near us so i have to use what we have which is unfortunatly coles or woolies.

( i just looked it up and we do but it's only once a month)

I have no problem buying home brand. But a lot of the time its not as good as name brand. Trial and error. For our staples like sugar and flour etc we do buy home brand.

Stifler's - posted on 08/01/2010

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My mum and all her friends went through this phase of making their own bread with breadmakers back in the day. All us kids hated it so much. I agree with buying brand name tampons hahaha although I've never tried home brand ones.

Rosie - posted on 08/01/2010

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one of my friends buys like a half cow at a time. i should ask her how much she pays and where she gets it from, she is kindof from the amish area, like 20 min. away so it makes me think she would get it around there too. like i said before though, i'd have to get a bigger deep freeze, or maybe another small one, don't know where i'll put it though, gqtm!!

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Kati, I kind of always thought that buying a bunch of meat directly from the farmer was supposed to be cheaper. More up front obviously, but cheaper over the long run. I don't know, I've never done it. But I'm jealous that you get to enjoy all the resources from the Amish!

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Yeah, I have more things to occupy than worrying over who sees what's in my grocery buggy. Name brand, home brand...doesn't matter. Buy what is best for your family's budget and health.

To answer the question, I shop at a regional chain and buy a mix of their brand and national brand. A lot of my produce comes from farmer's markets. We try to eat healthy and that includes some organics (as much as we can afford). Luckily my store has some organics in their brand.

Rosie - posted on 08/01/2010

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i've recently been making my own ricotta cheese-soooo easy and soooo yummy!! i want to make my own mozzarella, but i don't know where to find rennett. i also have a recipie for yogurt which i'm going to try here soon. i also freeze corn, can tomatoes, make my own jelly, and have my own little garden of herbs and onions (my other veggies didn't grow, i obviously don't have a green thumb, lol). i would love to get my meat from a farm that i pass on the way to my grandpas house. he lives in amish country, the sign says grassfed beef. i need a bigger deep freeze though, plus i'm kindof intimidated by places like that, i feel like i'm intruding or something. plus i'm scared it would cost 2 arms and 2 legs!!

Shelley - posted on 08/01/2010

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I have a bread maker and it has a timer so i have it all mixed up the night before and then time it to start at 4:30am by 6:00 its ready and you can smell fresh bread all through the house.

Stifler's - posted on 08/01/2010

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I agree with the toilet paper needs to be brand name, home brand toilet paper is gross! And yeah I like to buy butcher meat as it's local meat and cheaper, more delicious and you can get what you want. I also agree some other stuff needs to be brand name and sometimes the brand names are cheaper on special. I buy whatever is cheapest and I felt embarrassed because I was 19 and we live in a mining town where people buy everything expensive just because they can afford it.

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I am a mix, I buy some stuff from the very basic ranges, some stuff from the mid ranges and some stuff from the brand ranges. I try cheaper things and if they are good I buy them again but if they are not I don't. I try to buy my meat from the butcher, fruit and veg from the market or farm and I have eggs delivered from my local farm because these are all better quality and cheaper. There are some things that HAVE to be branded.

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I do seek out less expensive items but ultimately I buy what I like! Most of the time it happens to be brand name BUT I've tried many store brand products and often switch back to brand name either because the quality is poor or it doesn't taste as good! I do prefer Western Family (Save-on-Foods in Canada) cheese over the name brands BUT there's a mile long list of the brand name things I refuse to budge on. Hellman's mayo, Q-tip brand Q-tips, Heinz ketchup etc.

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I'm half & half. Some items I buy the store brand, some I prefer a particular brand. Sometimes the brand label is on sale over the home brand. I actually prefer the Walmart brand cereal bars over the Nutri-Grain brand. They are cheaper, and I stock up on them. Same goes for lots of other items, both food and non-food stuff. Toilet paper...sorry...brand name only! I know my sister is opposite, but I buy brand name for my butt!

Jessica - posted on 08/01/2010

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At our local grocery store I buy as much as I can store brand- its cheaper and with most things there's no difference. There are certain foods I buy brand name, mostly cereal just because I do think it tastes different. And certain things like plastic bags, toilet paper etc just because I notice the store brand/generic kinds are just crappy and tend to fall apart.

Sharon - posted on 08/01/2010

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I buy store brands of the same items you do. The staples, no one notices.

I'll buy offbrands of other things and sometimes I'll try the store brand. Like - krogers puffed rice cereal is NOTHING like rice krispies cereal. The store brand of pop tarts are nasty. But the waffles are fine.

So yes, I will buy store brand and I'm not embarassed about it.

Jodi - posted on 08/01/2010

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Actually, I choose not to buy homebrand so as not to support the Woolworths/Coles monopoly. I have noticed, in my 20 or more years of shopping that the more home brand products both of those companies make available, the more brand name products are removed from the shelves, therefore affecting competition and choice, and also having an impact on the Australian economy...... when was the last time you saw an abundance of Dick Smith products on your supermarket shelves??? Blacklisted...... I also attempt to ensure I purchase Australian made and owned where possible. Just the social conscience coming out in me.

I don't understand the need to feel embarrassed about purchasing home brand products because you are seen to be "poor"....I don't see it that way, why would you care what other people think anyway? I'd never let other people's opinions dictate my purchasing decisions.

*Lisa* - posted on 08/01/2010

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I buy whichever brand is cheapest at the time. However, if I have tried the home brand version of something and it isn't good then I will buy a different brand. Sometimes it's good and sometimes it really is cheaper in quality as well as price.

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