I am the CEO of the home, I pay all the bills, buy all the food, manage the budget, etc. The other day I needed to buy some cream of mushroom and celery soup. I normally buy Campbell’s but I looked at the price of one can of soup and decided it was time to do a little comparison shopping. I looked to see where the generic label soup was and here was the difference ~ Campbell’s was $1.79 and the generic label was $1.00. I looked at the labels on each and there wasn’t a difference, so I purchased the generic or store label. The ingredients were basically the same and I honestly couldn’t see why I would pay so much more for Campbell’s. I do it for the sake of peace at home.
Let me give you a little history…
When I was a single mother, I would buy generic can goods and some food from Aldi. I tried a little bit of everything, scratch & dent sales, coupons. You name it I tried it. Finally I decided to shop the weekly ads and that started working for me. I would do the weekly ads and Walmart. A co-worker came to me with this concept her church was promoting, it was a monthly program that you pay $25 and you get a box full of food, mostly staples, all of it generic label. I did it two months and paid it forward for a friend that was struggling. You had to pay in advance and on the first of the month, went to the church and picked up your box of food. This worked for a while, but I didn’t like that you weren’t able to pick your food and some generic food just isn’t good, no matter how much you season it.
Then I met my husband…
He does not buy generic anything, not one thing. I explained to him when you are a single parent with two children, a mortgage, car payment and other bills, you budget, budget and budget. I can remember eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches which was fine as long as my girls were able to eat a decent meal. He called me cheap, I told him whatever. I agreed not to buy generic for his sake and my sanity, but at times I can’t help it.
It’s tough out there right now, gas in our area is reaching the $4 per gallon status, groceries are expensive and it’s more expensive to eat healthy. I keep working that budget, rearranging things and try to make the best of what we have. I’ve cut back a lot for the sake of the budget.
What about you, do you shop generic or brand name? Please share.