Many shoppers tend to lean towards well known products and brand names. With well known names comes peace of mind and an expectation of accountability. Other shoppers are more concerned with savings and could care less about pretty packaging and labels. Manufacturer’s have done their homework and are well prepared for what makes these consumers spend.
Now picture this: A single conveyor belt breaks off into two, going two different directions, one down the aisle of attractive graphics and colors, while the other takes the plain road. Those that desire “red carpet” lined cabinets will pay the high price for their fetish, while the frugal customer will enjoy the same products with savings making for a more secure lifestyle in the future.
Here are five items where generics are created equal to brand names:
- Prescription Drugs – Pharmaceutical companies have to use the same active ingredients. Generic and Brand names must meet the same quality and safety requirements. Consequently – twin meds with different names and price tags. Average Brand name prescriptions cost $130 compared to $35 for the generic version.
- Over – the – counter medicines – Same as with prescription, you’ll save a lot more than pennies!
- Baking goods – Equal to brand names with much smaller price tags!
- Spices/Spices – Equal to brand names with much smaller price tags!
- Fresh Fruits and Veggies – Forget Brand names here – simply pick these items by freshness. Generics are especially better when grown locally. Can you imagine how much older that produce is if imported from Mexico instead of right in your own city or state? Only note here, when it comes to berries always be sure to rinse well before eating. Most peel and eat produce that doesn’t really matter.
Top 3 Items you “NEVER” skimp:
- Toilet Paper – No explanation needed
- Diapers – Could be a smelly, jelly, leaky mess.
- Beer – (chuckles) Hey, what can I say?
Research shows, these few adjustments will save you hundreds of dollars each year! So why make brand name manufacturers richer by emptying your pockets? If “looks” are your biggest apprehension, the easy fix would be to use attractive and creative pottery and glassware to store these items. Your personalized touch will certainly be more attractive than any disposable packaging, and no one will ever know the difference.
Publix Savannah has a great Labor Day Sale on fresh produce From September 1-7th:
- Seedless Watermelon $4.99 ea
- Avocados $1.29 ea
- Cantaloupes 2 for $5
- Honeydews $2.99 ea
- OMG my fav….Fresh Figs!!! BOGO $4.99
Visit publix.com/save for mor deals online.
Low Country visitors and residents should visit Forsythe Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm through November 19, 2011. Visit Forsyth Farmer’s Market: Food for all for more details and vendor opportunities.