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Don't waste money on brand names when the generic is just as good! breaks down the 10 products you should always buy generic.

10 Products to Always Buy Generic

Over-The-Counter Medications

WalletPop: Since the Food and Drug Administration requires generic medications to have the same ingredients as the patented products they replace, over-the-counter medications are the best way to save money by buying generic. Read more at


Can your kids tell the difference? Can YOU? WalletPop suggests buy the real thing and then continue to refill with the generic. Your family will never know!

Pantry Staples

Save money! Buy your flour, sugar, salt, and spices generic. Read more at


You may be very loyal to your Pepsi or Coke, but don't overlook the generic soda pops in your grocers aisle. This is a sure-fast way to save serious change! Read more at

Gas The price difference can be about 20 cents a gallon. Some off-brand stations often get their gas from the same tank trucks that deliver to the brand-name stations. Read more at

Electric Cables

Jus because you splurged for the fancy television, doesn't mean you need to spurge on the fancy cable to connect it to your cable box. Read more at


It may be hard to put your favorite Clinique gloss down but beauty experts say some drug store brands are actually the best. Read more at

Batteries Brand name batteries, from Duracell to Energizer, advertise that they last longer than other batteries, including generic ones, which they normally do, but the cost isn't worth it. Read more at

Salad Mix and Produce

No matter what, the most important thing is freshness! A sticker on a banana saying its from Chiquita isn't going to guarantee a better banana than the cheaper banana without the sticker.

Baby Formula The Infant Formula Act requires specific procedures be followed in making infant formulas. Paying $13 more for a can of Enfamil or Similac over a generic brand is a waste of money since both are certified by the FDA as good and healthy for your baby.

Which brand-name product would be hardest for your family to stop buying?

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Rita July 14, 2010, 12:25 PM

You get what you pay for. Don’t write a blog saying how disappointed you were with your generic item when it fails on you.

Most generic products are made in China. I’d rather spend a few extra dollars just to buy a product that was made in the USA, or at least in this hemisphere.

I don’t trust OTC generic medications. Most of them claim they do not have any affiliation with Bayer, Tylenol, what have you. How do you know they weren’t manufactured in China with God knows what else and shipped over here? Unless they specifically say Made In The USA, I won’t buy it.

I have bought generic cereal and no, there really isn’t a taste difference.

Dollar Store generic food and soda are nasty-tasting stuff. I wouldn’t give it to my dog. Wal-Mart’s GV brand isn’t too bad, though their new very generic GV label leaves much to be desired.

I’ve bought both name-brand and generic batteries and have been horrible disappointed in the generics.

Of course, these are all just my experiences.

RJ July 14, 2010, 7:35 PM

BTW there TOTALLY is a difference in Generic cereals - and I can ALWAYS tell Generic Pop, if you cant you really don’t have taste buds.

MANDIE July 14, 2010, 7:56 PM

I buy a lot of generic items. Sometimes though using coupons I can get name brand products just as cheap or cheaper. I do not buy tylenol or Motrin. After all of their misshaps I am sticking w/ trusted generic brands. Also, what about kellogs recalling tons of cereal? Name brands have had a lot of problems here lately. Talk about lack of quality. More money for a bad product. There are some generic products that are blah. I just try things and go with what we like.

Me July 15, 2010, 11:23 AM

There is a huge difference between generic and name brand cereal. The generic still tastes fine but the name brand is far, far better.

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