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When to Buy Generic at the Grocery Store

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We love to talk about saving money on groceries. That’s why you should start replacing some the brand names in your grocery cart for generics and store brands. In our last post we busted lots of myths that might keep people from buying generic and store brands. Today we’ll focus on which generic items we think you should try the next time you go grocery shopping. Need affordable Raleigh event catering this fall or winter? Call Catering by Design. We’ll save you time and money on your catering needs.

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Baking Ingredients

You can feel good buying generic for most of your baking ingredients. Things like flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, brown sugar, syrup, oils, and mixes should all be available under a store brand. Save your money for brand name chocolate, honey, molasses, extracts, and flavorings.


I personally buy all generic dairy. I cannot tell any differences at all. I buy generic milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, ricotta, sour cream, and cottage cheese. I think the only brand name dairy product I buy is coffee creamer.

Canned Goods

Most of the canned goods I buy at the grocery store are store brand items including vegetables, soups, beans, and fruit. I do make a few exceptions for certain soups, baked beans, and tuna.

Frozen Foods

I buy brand name pizza, quick microwave meals, and burritos. I buy store brand frozen vegetables, frozen fruit, frozen juice, ice cream, and frozen waffles.


I like brand name salad dressings, balsamic vinegar, hot sauces, marinades, steak sauces, mayo, and ketchup. I buy store brand spices, salt, pepper, other seasonings, mustard, pickles, relish, and apple cider vinegar.

Now granted, all these buying decisions are based on what’s on sale as well. Sometimes the brand name item has a better price so I’ll go with whichever will save me the most money in the end. If you have an event coming up soon and need great tasting food with affordable prices, call Catering by Design.

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