Generic Products I’ll Never Waste Money on Again

Growing up, my family brought store-brand groceries so we could save money for something exciting, like new rain gutters. It’s a tactic I used when I started to manage my own finances so I could save money on something equally exciting, like printer cartridges. But the road to savings isn’t an easy one. Mistakes were made. These were the worst of them—products I’ll never buy generic again.

Dental floss
On three occasions, thinking it would take the Jaws of Life to get this torture string out from between my molars, I’ve considered, with sweaty brow and aching jawline, giving up and going to the ER.

If I’m going to rot my teeth out on soda (eliminating my need for dental floss at all), I’m not reaching for a can of Big Fizz. I’m going straight for real, non-cheap Coca-Cola. Worth it.

Macaroni and Cheese
It’s an extra dollar for the blue box. That proprietary blend of artificial cheese flavors just can’t be beat.

After years of buying store-brand tampons, I noticed a woman giving me the side eye at the drug store. “Don’t do it,” she said, waving a glossy box of Tampax at the box of generic supers I was holding. “You’re going to regret it. Those applicators just fall apart.” I looked around to make sure I wasn’t on a hidden-camera show. “It’s not worth the savings!” she called one last time as she left the aisle like the Ghost of Periods Past.

I caved and spent $3 more on a glossier box of tampons, and life as a woman has been exponentially better since that very special day. All those happy-period commercials you see might have been inspired by me.

Every single adhesive bandage you have ever seen out of place has been a store-brand one: floating in a swimming pool; on the floor of the locker room at the gym; in a fitting room at the mall; tangled in your sheets when you take them off on laundry day; stuck to the carpet at any airline gate. Don’t be the person who leaves a store-brand bandage behind. That’s gross. Spend the extra dollar for something that sticks.

Did you know that Costco sells alcohol? They sell Kirkland alcohol. No. I’d rather pay for rail drinks at the most divey of bars than do it at home for less.

When I’m sick, I want to sleep through it without delay. (Looking at you, Wal-Flu.)


Lisa Rowan lives in Washington, DC.


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highjump (#39)

YES to all of these. Would also add Oreos.

@highjump At the grocery store by my house there’s an Oreos rip-off called “Eat the Middle First.” Bought it once for the name alone.

amirite (#2,677)

“It’s not worth the savings!” Ha ha, she’s like a guardian angel of feminine hygiene. I’m picturing her dematerializing in a haze of glitter while a harp plays rather than just leaving the aisle.

But seriously, yes to all of these, especially band-aids. The ones made for blisters stay in place for days and I forget that I have a blister until it healed. The knock-offs fall off immediately and ruin my life.

szajic (#1,811)

+1 to dental floss! J&J Reach is $0.99 at Target. Also: Q-tips.

@szajic Generic q-tips HURT. And the cotton isn’t soft. It’s like putting a stick with a tiny bit of rough material at the end inside your ears. Only useful if you’re trying to break the habit of putting q-tips inside your ears.

jfruh (#161)

@szajic @szajic YES! I bought Rite Aide brand Q-Tips like a few months ago — not even because I’m hard up, just because they were half the price and I was like “How much worse can they be?” Worse enough to dump a 500-pack of Q-Tips in the GARBAGE, that’s how much worse.

szajic (#1,811)

@TheclaAndTheSeals I could not agree more. I meant: do not go generic on q-tips! I agree 100% with everything you said, I hate generic q-tips so much.

Jenn@twitter (#2,325)

@szajic Ugh, yes to the Q-tips! Not only is the cotton not as soft, but the stick isn’t as firm (which sounds so much dirtier than I mean it to). I did go ahead and use the box until it was empty but I was mad about it the whole time.

laluchita (#2,195)

Kirkland brand beer really isn’t that bad. And szajic, Target’s generic Q-tips have come a long way. They are really almost as good as the real thing. But my big no-nos are tissues, toilet paper, and plastic wrap. All worth every penny.

Kirkland brand alcohol is Grey Goose and Jack Daniels. The only reason Costco isn’t my go-to liquor store is that I just don’t have the storage space or demand for the giant sizes they sell in.

@laluchita I totally agree on tissues and toilet paper, but Costco’s plastic wrap is the best. Kirkland champagne, on the other hand, is not worth it.

Worker Parasite (#2,292)

@laluchita Yeah, I’m totally fine with Up and Up Q Tips. Their dental floss SUCKS though!

Lisatella (#3,394)

@laluchita I have to admit, I was pretty bummed when I realized I left plastic wrap off the list. Definitely learned my lesson there.

@fo (#839)


You are *totally* *totally* off base on the Kirkland brand booze. Their tequila is awesome; their single malt scotch (yeah, seriously) is awesome; they have several good wines (hafta like Pac NW wine, tho). Beer is ok, but I’m a beer snob.

Other stuff I havent had enough to know for sure–but based on tequila and whisky, all worth a try, at minimum.

I’ve never noticed a difference between generic and name brand Dayquil or Nyquil? I haven’t been sick in a while though…

WaityKatie (#1,696)

@Amanda@twitter The CVS Brand one is actually pretty good!

@WaityKatie agree! CVS store brand is pretty great in general.

chic noir (#713)

@WaityKatie – I think the Walgreens brand is pretty awesome. Helps me sleep thru the night.

Erin@twitter (#2,395)

Yes! Except I’d replace alcohol (Kirkland and Trader Joe’s spirits are fine for me, I’m always mixing them anyways, and Kirkland beer is decent) with Cheerios.

Stina (#686)

@Erin@twitter Ooh Yes! Generic cheerios are sort of …dusty.. almost. I am fine with generic with every other kind of cereal but they haven’t figured out the cheerio.

Heckyes (#1,162)

@Erin@twitter Agreed, but Trader Joe’s Cheerios-equivalent are actually quite tasty, at least the honey nut flavor.

BananaPeel (#1,555)

@Heckyes Hy-Vee brand Honey Tastee-Os (or whatever) are actually better to me than Honey Nut Cheerios.

OhMarie (#299)

Your tampon fairy godmother is totally right.

I am picky about my tea bags and my diet soda (Coke Zero and Fresca, anything else is dead to me) and my toothbrushes. I need that ergonomic, rubberized handle and those fancy weird bristles.

@OhMarie FRESCA.

sarrible (#1,545)

@OhMarie A friend and I were at the store a few days after Hurricane Sandy, and she was picking up items to drop off at a nearby school to be donated to people who’d been really affected (we were in a part of Brooklyn that just got wet). She held up the big box of Lipton tea bags and said, “Well, this one is a dollar cheaper…but these people have suffered enough.” Put it down, bought the Tetley.

kbn22 (#1,414)

Hear, hear on the Nyquil! I don’t give a damn what the active ingredient list says; CVS ‘Daytime Cold/Flu’ can’t touch Dayquil in terms of effectiveness. My husband and I have this argument at least twice a year (which is an odd role reversal, as I’m generally the penny-pincher. But thrift flies out the window when I’m feeling like crap.). He’s currently using generic Claritin and it’s not helping him at all, and I make sympathetic noises but am secretly pleased because now he knows I’m RIGHT.

@kbn22 If it’s the same active ingredient in the same dosage, how could it possibly have a different effect? Is this like some post-industrial capitalist version of homeopathy where the brand magic rubs off on the molecules somehow?

ThatJenn (#916)

@stuffisthings If the CVS brand doesn’t sell well, it might be older stuff on the shelves, decreasing the effect. And I mean, inactive ingredients do make a difference in ways that are usually not well-studied. They may impact absorption, etc. (Just ask a girl who’s allergic to an inactive, “inert” ingredient included in most pills, sigh.)

kbn22 (#1,414)

@stuffisthings I have no idea why it doesn’t work as well – perhaps because of the inactive ingredients like ThatJenn suggests? I just know from experience that it doesn’t. (Note: The one exception to this rule is generic ibuprofin, which is totally as good as Advil.) I’ve also had doctors who almost always prescribe generic meds, but in some specific cases request the name brand only, because in their experience it works better for more of their patients.

Nat (#3,101)

I disagree with ALL of this, except for Coke.

cryptolect (#1,135)

I am the lone dissenter here, but I actually prefer CVS brand tampons to Tampax. Tampax changed their applicator design a few years ago, for the worse, and CVS just keeps on keeping on.

ThatJenn (#916)

Disregard nearly all of this if you have a Publix available. Their store brands are nearly universally awesome and usually better than the cheap brand-name stuff. I love their grape & orange sodas, and basically all of their food products. I don’t buy most of the rest of that stuff (no tampons, get my floss for free from the dentist, rarely buy booze or Nyquil), but I bet if they do have store brand stuff in any of those categories, it’s pretty good.

Heckyes (#1,162)

@ThatJenn I had their store brand Honey Nut O’s this morning and they tasted like slightly sweet cardboard :( But most of their stuff is, indeed, delicious.

ThatJenn (#916)

@Heckyes That is sad! I have mostly eaten their Greenwise cereal, not usually the regular stuff, but I did know they had a few products that didn’t measure up, from hearsay.

@ThatJenn I don’t know if Publix Crispy Hexagons can compare to their name-brand equivalents, but that’s one of the best generic cereal names I’ve ever heard.

faceifer (#3,162)

Right on about store brand mac & cheese – even the texture of the pasta is off. ONCE in a while I will go for the Shaws brand spirals, but if I’m honest with myself it’s just not right. The only upside is I don’t feel as guilty about throwing a third of a 50 cent box of pasta away uncooked to have super-cheesy sauce.

I learned the hard way that store brand salsa is also horrible (you’d think it would be hard to mess up salsa?), and store brand pie crusts cannot compare to Pillsbury. You cannot substitute this on a chicken pot pie. I definitely try to go for what’s cheapest when I can, but certain things aren’t worth the compromise.

kbn22 (#1,414)

@faceifer Seconded to pie crusts. I once tried to save .50 with Publix pie crusts, and regretted it heartily. It’s Pillsbury or nothing. Same with organic milk – the stores brands I’ve tried all taste like paper.

Runawaytwin (#2,693)

@faceifer I agree completely on the pie crusts and the blue box mac and cheese.

Also Tuna fish- bumble bee all the way. White albacore water only.

megsy (#1,565)

@faceifer the Presidents Choice salsa (up here in Canada) is infinitely superior to brand name salsa. The only salsa that beats it is the trendy, “keep fresh” salsa that you have to buy from the refrigerated sections of the grocery store

@megsy Hmmmm that is good to know. I will have to grab some next time I am in Superstore. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it, ’cause a lot of the PC stuff is actually pretty great.

faceifer (#3,162)

@megsy ooh I’ve never seen that… my experience has been more of a Food Club vs Tostitos comparison. OH and store brand pizza rolls are also gross gross gross.

amirite (#2,677)

@megsy Presidents Choice anything is usually just as good and often much better than name brand. There isn’t always much of a price difference though.

olivia (#1,618)

My mom dislikes store brand products and never bought them when I was growing up, so as a result, I also dislike them. I almost never buy store brand products.

ThatJenn (#916)

@olivia I was like this for a long time! I gave them a shot a couple years ago from my go-to store (Publix, mentioned elsewhere in this thread), and they were and are great – and then I tried them from the store my mom shopped at while I was a kid (Giant) and understood exactly why she never bought them. (I suspect some of it was a money/class memory, too, since her family cut monetary corners wherever possible and she liked being able to pay for name brands as an adult.)

km1312 (#213)

The generic versions of Tampax “Pearl” tampons are usually fine – there’s no way for a plastic applicator to fall apart, really (*knocks on wood*). They’re not the cheapest generic in the store, but they’re cheaper than actual Tampax Pearl.

Also: PEANUT BUTTER. $6 or whatever for Skippy Super Chunk is WORTH IT.

limenotapple (#1,748)

Cheerios. I’m not sure why it’s different, but it is. I’m also partial to dairy products that come from a local organic dairy-the milk comes in glass bottles and whenever I have milk from more commercial, large dairies that produce the store brands, it never tastes the same to me.

@limenotapple When I was growing up we had a milkman from a local dairy who would deliver twice a week in glass bottles, and man, there is really nothing like it. When I went to college I stopped drinking milk (except for in my coffee) and I still haven’t picked it back up.

km1312 (#213)

Also, I don’t know why you people are messing around with Dayquil etc. when Mucinex exists and is a magic drug from the gods.

blueblazes (#1,798)

@km1312 Because it makes my pee smell like alien blood. Seriously, the first time I took Mucinex I thought I had some kind of horrible bladder infection in addition to the chest congestion.

@km1312 how do you know what alien blood smells like?

Beck (#2,269)

Read the back of the box. If the amount of active ingredient is the same there is NO DIFFERENCE between generic and name brand drugs. We sabotage ourselves! There have been some interesting studies recently that show that generic drugs have a reduced effect (or perceived effect) when the user knows that they are generic. Basically if you think a drug will suck, it will.

Regarding tampons; I just want to say that the Diva Cup has CHANGED MY LIFE. It’s a little extra up-front, but saves a ton of money in the long run.

Blondsak (#2,299)

@Beck EXACTLY. The big brands are Jedi mind-tricking you, people – there’s no difference if the ingredients are the same (and they almost always are – start checking before you buy).

Stina (#686)

@Beck I totally agree about the Diva Cup. Tampons give you um, dry mouth of the HooHa.

And I use the perceived effect in my favor as I have managed to convince myself that DayQuil (Generic version is fine) is the miracle cure when it comes to cold medicine.

honey cowl (#1,510)

@Beck You belong on the Hairpin’s recent Ode to the Diva Cup thread.

ThatJenn (#916)

@Blondsak The inactive ingredients are rarely identical. Worth remembering if you are prone to allergies. (But I agree in principle.)

Also, @Beck, thank God for the Diva Cup. Actually… I have a Moon Cup, I think. But same basic idea, it was just the one my local grocer carried (though not a store-brand, heh).

amirite (#2,677)

@Beck @Beck Sometimes though, the additional ingredients make all the difference in terms of taste, ease of administering, convenience packaging etc. Not 100% necessary but nice to have when you’re sick and little things like that just add to the misery.

Formergr@twitter (#3,396)

@Beck I’d normally agree with you, but about two months ago my prescription Singulair went generic, and I was *so* excited because that stuff is expensive! I take it off-label for a histamine disorder, and it changed my life. After about 8 days, I was feeling progressively crappier, lots of my old symptoms coming back (it’s mainly joint and nerve pain) and hadn’t put two and two together until I sneezed three times in a row at work, and my co-worker said, “Bless you. Do you have allergies already? It’s not even spring?”

That made me realize that it had been about a week since I changed to the generic Singulair, and possibly that was the culprit. Called doctor, got new prescription for brand-name only, started taking it, and after about 10 days felt like myself again. Since it didn’t occur to me that the generic might not work, I don’t *think* it was a placebo effect like in the article you posted. I looked online too after to see if others had the problems, and there were plenty of folks whose kids were having renewed asthma symptoms after switching to the generic– kids too young to understand the difference and be susceptible to placebo effect. I’ve heard epilepsy and other neurological drugs are really touchy in terms of brand vs. generic, too.

TARDIStime (#1,633)

@Beck I have a juju cup and we’re best friends. I paid ~$70 including shipping for it and I know that’s double what a Diva Cup costs on Amazon, but damn if she’s not 1000% worth it – worked right away without needing the stem trimmed, hasn’t ever leaked, I don’t even worry about boiling it on the stove to sterilise, I just wash it thoroughly before storing.
<3 u, cuppie!

notpollyanna (#2,841)

@amirite I got CVS brand womens multivitamins once and I just had to throw them out. I wasn’t taking them because they just smelled so bad. Same stuff, but yuck. I do just fine with my Target brand multivitamins, though.

Beck (#2,269)

@TARDIStime That’s exactly what I was going to say – 1000% worth it! No I take that back, 1,000,000% worth it!! My only regret is that I dithered so long over buying one. I was put off by the initial $40 investment and the whole idea seemed kind of…weird. Then I had an embarrassing incident regarding a clogged toilet and old tampons and, well, needless to say the Diva Cup and I are now best besties. BTW, I don’t boil mine either. I don’t think directions say anything about that.

jfruh (#161)

When I left grad school and finally got a real job, more than doubling my annual income in the process, the one consumer luxury decision I made was to immediately swictch from Safeway-brand cola to real Coke. I haven’t looked back since!

amardine (#2,951)

@jfruh Refreshe! My boyfriend was quite the fan during our time in Safeway-land. By “was a fan” I really mean “drank it to feel better about his soda habit during our long stint of funemployment”.

oiseau (#1,830)

Yes to Coca-Cola, Q-tips, and NyQuil.

I grew up on 100% store brands because my mom pinched the hell out of pennies and it was gross. Walmart brand tomato soup =/= Campbell’s, etc. I still feel guilty when reaching for brand names sometimes…

Whole Foods 365 brand is the best store brand. Most products in that line are great and surprisingly cheap. Except for their tampons, which are chlorine-free (good!) but the applicator is a flimsy cardboard tube, yuck.

BananaPeel (#1,555)

St. Ives apricot scrub.

ThatJenn (#916)

@BananaPeel I am so sad that it includes an inactive ingredient that I’m allergic to. I love that stuff. (That said, it does have some sad memories associated because my ex-husband refused to stop using it even though it meant pain & suffering for me if my mouth touched anywhere the body scrub had touched. We were doomed.)

BananaPeel (#1,555)

@ThatJenn That IS sad. obviously it’s more expensive but you could give the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel a try.

ThatJenn (#916)

@BananaPeel I’ve used it and like it! Lately I just use water or water + Aveeno body wash, though, and it seems to be working well. I miss my fancy products but if I can get my skin to behave without them, I can’t really justify them. (I’ve also done just baking soda – keep a bowl of it in the shower, grab and handful, add a little water, and scrub.)

amardine (#2,951)

@ThatJenn Mix brown sugar with coconut oil! It smells yummier and leaves your skin softer than st. ives, I promise.

ThatJenn (#916)

@dleaf Oh YUM. That sounds amazing. It will be hard to keep from licking it off, though.

chic noir (#713)

@BananaPeel – I love beauty stuff, so going to add this to my list.

selenana (#673)

@dleaf I have a homemade batch of this in my shower right now! My friend made it for me for Xmas. Nice stuff.

megsy (#1,565)

HEINZ KETCHUP. This is non negotiable. Store brand ketchup is universally disgusting.
My ex used to buy dollar store Kraft dinner (mac & cheese) and I wouldn’t eat it. He did that so he could blow more money on cigarettes and beer.
Wow, the posts I make about my ex on the Billfold definitely do not paint in him a flattering light.

charmcity (#1,091)

@megsy Brand-name boyfriends ONLY, from here on out.

km1312 (#213)

@megsy seconded! And never, ever Red Pack. Ugh.

I agree with all of this, unless you’re talking about Target brand, in which case it definitely equals (or beats) the name brand, including tampons, behind-the-counter pharmacy meds, q-tips, those pre moistened face wipes, etc etc. You can pry my Up & Up from my cold dead hands.

ThatJenn (#916)

@polka dots vs stripes Except the Target store brand Tupperware, that stuff sucks. The rest, I agree with you on.

kbn22 (#1,414)

@polka dots vs stripes Up and Up are usually pretty great, but stay away from their gummy vitamins. They *look* just like Vitafusion, but it’s like trying to chew a dried out out jujube that’s been at the bottom of your purse, in the backseat of the car, all summer long. Whereas the real Vitafusions are like delightful little gummy bears.

Vicky (#2,266)

Wegmans store brand anything is typically better than the name brands, but ESPECIALLY the mac & cheese, and ESPECIALLY ESPECIALLY the spirals. It’s $.39 and it’s perfection.

craygirl (#63)

@Vicky YESSS!!! Wegmans spirals basically make up the bottom of the food pyramid for my household. So amazing.

Vicky (#2,266)

@craygirl spirals 4 life

@Vicky Wegmans is wonderful. I miss their blue cheese-stuffed olives now… To a lesser extent, President’s Choice up here in Canada often offers good quality. For example, their mac ‘n’ cheese is light years better than Kraft’s.

Stina (#686)

1. Chocolate. I will happily chow down on generic red licorice or gummy bears but chocolate must at very least rise to the Nestle/Hershey level if not higher. Anything less tastes powdery.

2. Dish soap. Brand name ends up being the better buy as I can go through a $1 a bottle in under a week whereas my Dawn Foam lasts a long time.

faceifer (#3,162)

@Stina I think I have to take this opportunity to give props to the Great Value (Walmart I believe) store brand. I bought some Great Value dish soap over a year ago when I moved into my current apartment, since I was stocking up on all the basics and trying not to blow a ton of money on cleaning supplies. I’m still using the same bottle (it’s almost empty), and I think it’s great, and my boyfriend loves the smell of it haha. Likewise GV dishwasher detergent is better than other grocery store brands I’ve tried, though maybe not quite at Cascade level.

Also Great Value pancake/waffle mix makes AWESOME belgian waffles!

Stina (#686)

@faceifer I may have to give it a try. Thanks faceifer!

probs (#296)

Diet Big K with Lime 4 LYFE

BananaPeel (#1,555)

@probs at first I read that is “with Lyme” and was horrified.

AlliNYC (#1,725)

For the first few months I lived in NYC after moving from the land of giant grocery stores with aisles full of wine, I thought for some bizarre reason that Chateau Diana was NYC’s small-grocery-store answer to wine aisles… until I realized that it was only-slightly-fermented fruit juice.

Who makes an entire bottle of wine with a lower ABV than a beer? SMH Key Food, SMH.

la_di_da (#1,425)

@AlliNYC oh oh! i did this once! It’s called “wine product” and its awful. Stupid NYC alcohol laws–grocery stores can’t sell wine or liquor.

DarlingMagpie (#1,695)

I’m so happy that other people have pointed out the Q-Tip thing. I had a teacher in the fourth grade tell us a horror story about a generic Q-Tip unfolding in his ear and having to go to a doctor to get it out. NEVER DO IT.

Also, dish soap. Dawn Ultimate Power De-greaser is the only thing I use any more. Sorry organics!

ThatJenn (#916)

@DarlingMagpie My dude was mystified the other day when I, queen of thriftiness via generics whenever possible, pulled the CVS brand out of his hands and hunted down the real deal. I guess he’s never tried a generic Q-tip.

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

This is true UNLESS you live near a Market Basket. Market Basket store brand products are usually not only cheaper but superior to name brands. Their plain yogurt is among the best I’ve ever had.

MaxBraverman (#3,273)

@ATF@twitter A Market Basket opened up a few months ago near my apartment and the traffic jams for that place are 24/7. I have to get off the highway an exit early unless I want to sit in traffic for 45 minutes to get home. I’ve never been in Market Basket, but I hate it for messing up my life so much.

Man, I think I have lower (stingier) tastes than everyone. I buy generic EVERYTHING. I love Safeway’s and Wegmans’ in-house brands, sometimes more than the name brand. The only generic products that have ever given me a problem are structurally unsound store-brand trash bags, and a bottle of generic medicated shampoo that gave me a rash. I was talked into switching back to the brand shampoo, but I still experiment with the cheap trash bags now and then, just to see if I get lucky.

It does make it hard when we have to cut our grocery budget though because there’s no switching to cheaper products when you already buy generic everything and clearance value-pack perishables. We just wind up doing without instead. Thank god garlic in a giant jar is cheap!

@bowtiesarecool safeway and wegmans are both special cases, imo– i have never enjoyed such quality in-house brands anywhere else. safeway-brand ice cream is the fucking best.

sunflowernut (#1,638)

I almost always buy the cheapest option (except where dairy is involved). Surprisingly, it isn’t always the generic. And anyway, a lot of generic products are actually made/grown/produced by the same companies that make brand name.

But one type of product that I refuse to go store brand for: hair products! It’s so worth it to spend the extra money on the fancy kind, for the most part.

jb (#3,389)

@sunflowernut Yes! This isn’t a store-brand, but one time I bought a Suave styling product that promised that it was “just like Matrix!”. It was not. I threw it out. Total money waste.

la_di_da (#1,425)

@jb TRUTH. Suave body wash is good. Not so much with the styling stuff.

km1312 (#213)

@la_di_da Actually, I’ve found Suave dry shampoo to work better than the fancy brands. Never tried any of their other styling products, though.

poodlepants (#3,393)

CANNED BEANS. Kroger-brand organic chick peas are TERRible. Splurge on the Bush’s.

Formergr@twitter (#3,396)

@poodlepants Same with Safeway’s “O” organic line of chick peas. SO awful. Makes the worst hummous.

@poodlepants Goya or go home.

Lily Rowan (#70)

I actually just started buying generic tampons recently, and they are FINE. I think it started when the store didn’t have any cardboard applicator Tampax in stock, and I can’t with plastic applicators.

cminor (#3,400)

@Lily Rowan I’m a recent DivaCup convert, but I feel the same way. I don’t get the hoopla over the plastic applicators. I always feel like those little plastic teeth on the end (that hold the cotton in pre “application”) are going to get caught on my sensitive bits.

la_di_da (#1,425)

Let’s all just take a moment and do a collective shudder at the “white rose” brand in New York. Having not had much of a choice for a year or so I can tell you that they are usually the worst.

Spaghettius! (#4,004)

@la_di_da white rose…ughhhhhhh, and there’s another one that starts with a K, usually sold in places that carry White Rose, and equally as ughhhhhhh

In high school I went on a three-week trip with a bunch of other students, and forgot to bring a razor, so I went to a drug store and bought the cheapest set of disposables I could find. Never. Again.

And Whole Foods house brand is almost always good, though probably the better way to save money is not to go to Whole Foods in the first place. But their house-brand pasta is actually my favorite brand of dried pasta, and before they discontinued it their house-brand black cherry soda was SO GOOD.

Sandwich bags: the generic ones do not seal as well/at all.
Garbage bags: the savings aren’t worth it if you have to double up.
Milk: my local brand of milk is the best (accept no substitutes! Well…unless it was delivered. That shit is crazy good.)

chic noir (#713)

@cupcakecore@twitter – yup had to make my mom switch to Glad.

chic noir (#713)

Tide Soap Powder or liquid= nothing cleans like it and I love the scent.

Dove soap, I’ve used generics but they just dried my skin out.

sintaxis (#2,363)

@chic noir Ahh, yes! Dove sensitive skin is the best. Bar soap is awesome, and not having a bunch of gross perfumes and dyes in it is great.

chic noir (#713)

@sintaxis – I can’t get enough of Dove’s scent.

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