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Store Brand vs. Brand Name Products

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Store Brand vs. Brand Name Products

Help us RFDers save some money, without regretting being frugal!

Pretty much as the title says... What store branded products impressed you, or were acceptable for the price? Which ones were disappointing, and not worthy of saving a few cents for? What products would you never consider subbing out for?

I've heard that many store branded items can just be re-branded brand name products, though I don't know of any on the top of my head. Feel free to share those too!


A few that come to mind at this very moment; though I only really shop at RCSS/No Frills these days:

Impressed/acceptable:
- PC products are generally quite good (cheese, chips, salad products, tortillas, juice, etc.)
- No name brand staple ingredients (i.e. pasta, canned vegetables, flour)
- Compliments French fries
- Vitamins - who knows if they do anything, anyway?

Disappointing:
- No name ketchup - blegh, tastes like canned tomato soup
- No name flavoured tuna
- No name toilet paper - would rather wipe with industrial 0.5 ply
- No name cream cheese - has a weird plastic consistency
- No name cheese - eh, it's so-so; very wet and smells a little weird; acceptable if super cheap
- Any boxed mac & cheese that isn't PC or Kraft
- Old Mill bagels suck compared to Dempster's; but acceptable if super cheap

As an aside, I'm curious to hear about knock-off Oreos... are those ever worth it?
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That cheap canadian tire paper towel sucks!

But the food basic one is good enough for me.

Don’t trust great valu cheese! Its kinda chalky.

PC brand is great in general. Its almost like its own brand of quAlity goods.
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I enjoy a lot of Kirkland products from Costco. It's the only place where I buy store brand items.
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You can't go wrong with Kirkland.
Enough said.
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Western Family TP is good, pretty thick and smooth. I agree with you on cream cheese, sticking with Philadelphia.
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I have no issues with PC or Kirkland

No Name stuff just sucks...including the beer
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Swerny wrote: I have no issues with PC or Kirkland

No Name stuff just sucks...including the beer
... No name brand makes beer... or just off-label in general?
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You can't go wrong with Costco Kirkland brand. Generally very very good.
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PC Organics salad greens, mushrooms, etc.
Selection walnuts
Irresistibles whole grain mustard
Selection canned tomatoes because they come in a can 1/2 the obscenely huge size of all the other brands
PC frozen vegetables, the young green beans & baby Brussels sprouts
No Name generally cannot screw up things like sour cream & cottage cheese (Weston owns Neilson dairy)
PC Chipotle hot sauce (not quite as good as Tabasco chipotle because that is aged, but it is close enough & a fraction of the price)

I think what makes Kirkland "so good" is they are not trying to sell you cheaparse mac & cheese, oven fries, & ketchup. OP needs to broaden their horizons & try some real food. "No Name? He has a name, & it is Wilford Brimley!"

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Phonophoresis wrote: ... No name brand makes beer... or just off-label in general?
Its actually a noname beer! Yellow labeling and all.
Stuff is brutal. Fizzy water with a faint beer taste. But last time i had it... i just pretended it was tonic water and squeezed in some orange, lime & a mint leave. lol

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