While I pretty much let George handle the horrors of the grocery store on his own (though I do have to check him now and again. I mean, otherwise we end up in situations like the recent one wherein he brought home a random box of like 25 taco shells “because it was a dollar.” Mission drift.), we do share in a love of the generic or store brand. Tylenol shmylenol. Give me the Target/Acme/Whatever brand any day. The amount of SupRTastie Cola (Uh, should I trademark that?) I’ve consumed in my life could probably fill a Texas-sized football stadium. And guess what? CNN told me recently that that MAKES ME A GENIUS. Just kidding. But not really. They also told me that Americans overspend by $44 billion dollars annually when they opt for name brands over generics. $44 billion. With a B. I don’t even want to get IN to the kind of traveling I could do for a cool $44 bil.
Anyway, word on the street is that some times generics and store brands are produced in the same factory that’s making your name brand stuff, but the dorky name and ugly label means that you get to take it home for a fraction of the price. So next time you’re thinking about giving the evil eye to that bag of Dee-Lish Your Grocery Store Name Here Frozen Raviolis, compare the ingredients with the name brand bag and then think about that dream vacation. The choice is yours, my friend.
Do you shop generic? Are there still some name brands you just can't give up? (No dice on the
fake-o Lucky Charms for me. Real deal, all the way...)