Tightwads of the World, Unite!
I’m a total cheapskate about everything. It drives my family crazy, especially my kids who are at the age where suddenly labels matter. I won’t even go into the nightmare of shopping with my little lovelies.
While trying to come up with a blogging idea, I got the munchies (of course) and went to the pantry to grab a snack. These days, my favorite snack is Baked Cheddar Cheese Bits. Never heard of them? That’s because they’re a store brand. Whenever I’m at either of the two closest grocery stores, I always buy the store brand unless I have tried the product before and know I prefer the name brand.
Times are tough and you can save tons of money by buying a store brand as opposed to a name brand. Are they as good? Yes, in my experience, store brands are usually as good and sometimes even better. I’d take a store brand cheese bit over the name brand any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
I have an old neighbor (they moved, they’re not old) who works for an unnamed food company (it has a name; I’m choosing not to mention it J). I like their products and do buy from them on a regular basis. Whenever he comes to our house (they are good friends and do visit), he always peeks his head inside my pantry to critique my purchases. I never have enough of his product, which constantly irritates him. Oh, well. We love him anyway.
There are certain things I won’t scrimp on and will buy the brand I know we like and enjoy. Strangely enough, the first thing that comes to mind in this category is dog food. I guess the husband and kids know where they stand on my priority list. Living in Atlanta, we have friends who work for Coke and friends who work for Pepsi. You’ve never seen brand loyalty like these folks, I can assure you.
So are you brand loyal or are you a cheapskate, too?