My cabinets have a new theme going on:
It's the new generic packaging from the Mart of Wal! Now, everything is color coordinated in blue and white.
I'm glad most of the products have a picture of what's inside or I would get really confuzzled! LOL!
Seriously, if something is available in the Great Value packaging, I'm buying it. I've never encountered any product that was less desirable than a name brand equivalent. In fact, most of the time, the Evil Twin will remark, "What kind of corn is this? It's delicious!" And, he also prefers the Great Value brand of beef jerky. Beef jerky is expensive, but the Great Value brand offers a much lower price for the quantity than any other brands I've compared.
Yes, I do compare. How many ounces is it? How much does it cost per ounce? Is it really a good deal or am I getting less quantity for the price?
I read the labels on medicines, shampoos, food, etc. If the ingredients are identical or nearly so, I'm buying the generic.
If I shop at the Roger of K, I buy their store brand or the Private Selection brand.
I also scour the sales circulars for all area stores, because the Mart of Wal will price match - saving me multiple trips all over town.
Of course, there are certain things I buy the name brand because I prefer it: Tide, Cascade Complete (more expensive than generic, but for the money, it's the best dishwashing detergent on the market), Coke (I don't drink sodas, but the fambly does and they like Coke), Land o' Lakes spreadable butter, Glad trashbags, Gillette Sensor razors for the Evil Twin, Old El Paso taco kits, Yoplait Thick and Creamy yogurts, OB tampons and Always panty liners (I'll have a diatribe about these two items later - warning!!). And I think that's about it for must have name brands.
Everything else is generic or as cheap as I can find it. (Hellooo? Hooch in a box?).
I think it's more important now than ever before to be frugal. Food costs are rising rapidly, but there is no need to live on Ramen if I can find other ways to trim the food budget. :-)
And, that's your course on being a cheapskate for today! :-)