Groceries are expensive, and there is really no way around it. In general, I choose the name brands because subconsciously I believe they are: healthier, higher quality and will be much tastier. Recently I have been subbing a few of my name brand go-to's with -GASP- store brands. The thing is, there hasn't been much difference in flavor. In fact, sometimes the store brands TASTE even better than the name brand. On the other hand, there are some things you absolutely should go with the name brand on. Here are a few that I will personally vouch for. Please let me know what items YOU buy store brand to save the extra cash....
Store brands just as good as the (sometimes) $3.00 more name brand item:
Spices: If you are like me and love to cook different meals that feature an array of flavor profiles, you need armloads of spices. Spices are expensive, McCormick brand will run you around $3.00, Simply Organic (which I love and would buy exclusively if I won the lottery) is around $4.20. Buying the store brand will save you over 50% and the taste is so close you can hardly tell a difference.
Dry Pasta: Noodles are pretty much noodles, you know? And if you can tell a difference, you can throw in some of those super inexpensive spices you just bought.
Canned Vegetables: Depending on where you are shopping you can sometimes taste a slight difference. Generally store brands have less sodium and are actually healthier. I chop onions and throw in with my green beans, butter with my corn, etc. If you add a spice or throw another ingredient in to flavor your veggies, all you will be noticing is a huge SAVINGS.
Eggs, Flour, Sugar, Butter: I have bought/used at least 4 different butters in the past 2 weeks. No flavor difference. Same with the others, these are places you can save the extra money at no cost to quality.
Orange Juice: My husband goes through a container of orange juice a week, easily. After buying Simply, I subbed it for store brand and the taste was about the same. Even if you purchase the minute maid brand you get more for less money.
Name brands you should spend the extra money on...
Miracle Whip/Mayo: Flavor difference is huge. Store brand is bland and oily.
Ketchup: Go wit Heinz. The store brand is a little more tomato-y and watery.
Peanut Butter: Store brand...how do I describe it... well, it stuck in your mouth longer. It was not as creamy and it almost tasted a little burnt. Name brand doesn't even compare, it is that much better.
Potato Chips: Name brand seems to be less greasy and high on flavor.
As I continue to shop & try store brands I will be posting more money savers! Please share YOUR money savers!