Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 15:10
Sometimes it is easy to go straight for the name-brand products on your weekly shopping trip, but in the long run those famous and fancy name-brand buys add up.
In some instances, you might not want to skip out on a product sold by a well-known and trusted company, but on-the-other-hand buying generic items can be equally as effective and far less expensive.
As college students, we need to be saving our dollar bills every chance we can get, so a great place to start is to begin buying the generic version of items found on your shopping list.
If you still are not sold about passing up your favorite name-brands, here are a few helpful tips on buying generic products.
Food: There is pretty much an off-brand for every staple food item, like mac ‘n cheese, crackers, cereal, ect… If you are not too picky about the exact matching of food in terms of taste, trying to buy generic food brands is a great way to save money. If you can at least buy some generic items it will cut down on your overall costs.
Over-the-counter meds: College campuses are breeding grounds for colds, the flu and other gross viruses, so chances are you will probably need to purchase over-the-counter medication at one point or another. It might not be super appealing to try a generic medication, however generic medication is required, according to the Food and Drug Administration, to carry the same active ingredients as name-brand medications. In the end, these products are essentially the same thing, the consumer (you the college student) is just paying more for one of them.
Clothes: Spending over $20 on a plain white t-shirt is utterly ridiculous. Many basic clothing items can be bought at non-name brand stores, and are sure to cost much less than name-brand items. Certain clothing items like socks, T-shirts and other basic clothing essentials do not need to have a brand-name sewn on the tag…nobody sees the tag on the inside of your plain white T-shirt anyways!
Cleaning supplies: Like most generic products, cleaning supplies are basically the same thing as their name-brand counterparts. Many off-brand cleaning supplies like bleach, glass cleaner and laundry detergent get the job done just as well as the more expensive name-brands, they just don’t have pretty packaging.