Give peace a chance.
Give love a try.
Give cheap brands a taste.
Words to live by.
In all seriousness, it’s often worth it to try out a cheaper brand of whatever you’re picking up at the grocery store. I know it sounds scary, but you might be pleasantly surprised.
Now, there are certain products that just aren’t the same as name brand. And there are certain things that could lead to severe marital discord if a store brand was substituted. Like mayonnaise. Dude, don’t buy an off brand of mayo at my house. It’s not worth it. It just isn’t.
But there are lots and lots of products that are perfectly fine, even if they aren’t one of the fancy brand names. I nearly always check for a cheaper option. Except when I’m buying mayo.
Of course, it’s important to be smart. Don’t buy an extra large package of a product you’ve never tried. Don’t buy the store brand if the name brand is on sale for nearly the same price. Don’t take a chance on a risky substitution if you’re preparing a special or expensive meal. And don’t buy cheap mayonnaise if it could wreck your marriage. Just saying.
So, what can you do if you try something that turns out to be gross?
- Cook or bake with it. Other ingredients often mask the taste or texture.
- Fix it. Add salt or spices.
- Give it away. Someone else might be perfectly happy with the store brand.
- Throw it away. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and toss it. Life will go on.
Sure, every inexpensive item won’t be a winner, but usually the savings far outweigh the risk of giving it a try.
Do you use generic products? What do you love or hate?