Does The Generic Brand Really Save You Money?

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I want to preface that I’m completely for buying generic; however, when cheap costs expensive, it makes sense to opt for the “more expensive” product.

A word to the wise: When buying generic items at the grocery store, while they may be just as effective as their more expensive brand name counterparts, sometimes they’re not. For example—bleach. The cheaper, generic bleach is actually watered down. So, for the concentration per dollar you spend, the “more expensive” bleach is actually cheaper.

With generic bleach, you are paying more for water. You’re lugging home extra water.  You’re cleaning with extrawater. Clothes just a white? Does water make them white? No, sodium hypochlorite causes your whites to be whiter. So, it makes sense that a higher concentration of sodium hypochlorite would result in whiter whites. Otherwise, you will be using more of the generic brand to get the same result. Not very thrifty or efficient if you ask me.

I recently bought generic dish detergent. What a mistake. I live in Valencia, CA which is notorious for hard water. My dishes were coming out of the dishwasher with a white film on them. I then bought Lemishine because this product is designed to clean despite hard water and get rid of the hard water film. Okay, not bad, but the dishes were not very smooth-feeling. But, lo and behold! I purchased Jet-Dry gel packs with a coupon yesterday and tried one out. Lemishine cannot hold a candle to Jet-Dry. The dishes came out shiny, smooth, and fresh-smelling. The result? Dishes that look, feel, and smell as if I had washed them myself, which is what I had been doing all the while.

Jet-Dry is twice as expensive than the generic brand, but the generic brand does not work well. Let’s be brutally honest. Dishes that are not “well” cleaned are just not clean. It’s kind of like, “You can’t be a little pregnant.” The generic brand was, in essence, a waste of money. Jet-Dry is the efficient and more cost effective choice. I will now have to find some other use for the generic detergent, as well as the Lemishine.

You have to look at the end result and what your time is worth. What do you want the product to do for you? Then, buy the one which will do this, regardless of name. Compare what one product, verses another, does in comparison to the price. Sometimes, the quality matters, i.e., bleach. Sometimes it doesn’t, i.e., cashew halves and pieces. You’re going to chew them anyway. What difference does it make whether they’re whole? If you want clean dishes, the more cost effective brand is not necessarily the cheapest in price at checkout, but for what it does, it is cheaper in the long run. The cheaper-priced product sometimes means wasted money. Don’t just grab the generic for the sake of it being generic; as goes, don’t just buy brand name for the sake of the brand name.


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