Groceries I Never Buy Generic

September 29, 2019lifewithcattitude

Hey guys, long time no talk! I always say things are crazy, but let’s face it, at this point it’s just my personality! I finally managed to have a weekend off, so I figured I’d whip out a quick post (among many that I’m attempting to draft), since I get asked a lot about my grocery hauls. You all know I’m on a quest to cut my grocery budget in my ongoing debt free journey, but there are just some things I absolutely refuse to buy generic. Whether it be because of taste or quality, or cost per ounce, etc, there are just some items I don’t swap. They’re sort of my non-negotiables, and Travis understands it. Lucky me!

So here is my comprehensive list of things that I NEVER buy generic, even on a limited budget!

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This one is a straight up non-negotiable that I NEVER buy generic. While I admit that there are some fantastic store brand flavors out there (I’m looking at you, Publix), I am a woman of habit. My 8 O’Clock coffee is the GOAT. It’s cheap, almost always on sale somewhere, and they just have so many flavors. Not to mention you can also buy certain flavors either ground or whole bean. I only buy the whole bean when the big bag is on sale. Travis doesn’t particularly care about his coffee being name-brand, seeing as he just puts a whole cup of creamer and sugar in it, but he gets my need for name-brand!

Laundry Soap

I am a Gain girl, through and through. My last college roommates got me straight up ADDICTED to that stuff, and now my house always smells like Gain. I never buy the generic Gain. I did one time, and I hated it. I ended up giving the bottle away. To me, there’s just something so therapeutic about the smell of it. When I crawl into bed on Sunday nights after washing them, I feel more relaxed. It’s become a sensory therapy for me. So I will NEVER buy the generic of laundry soap, and I will especially never buy anything but Gain.


Okay, I’m probably about to get chastised for this, but I really don’t have a preference for mayo brands like Kraft, Hellman’s, or Duke’s. I’ll eat whatever’s in the fridge. However, I do NOT eat generic mayo. I did when I was in college for things like sandwiches and tuna salad, but it made everything taste so nasty. I swore off generic mayo for life after that horrifying time, and I never buy it anymore.

Toilet Paper

This is another non-negotiable. I never buy generic toilet paper. I get it, it all goes to the same place, but I like for my toilet paper to last, and generic just doesn’t last. My mom always bought the 30-pack of Scott 1000-sheet rolls growing up, and that’s just what I’ve always enjoyed using. It’s not cheap upfront, but it lasts a long time! Travis and I bought a new pack when we moved into our house in mid-July, and we’re still not even halfway through the pack! Whereas the generic runs out exponentially faster. No sirree Bob, mm-mm. Generic is not for me!

Peanut Butter

Jif Creamy just tastes so good! Much better than generic. Another one I refuse to buy generic.

Cleaning Supplies

Just like the laundry detergent, I refuse to buy generic household cleaners. They just smell too good to pass up, especially the Gain scented ones! And I’m not sure if they’re as potent as name brand. PS: this post is not sponsored by Gain, but I wish hey Gain give me a call sometime!

There you go! Let me know in the comments what all you refuse to buy generic, I genuinely love hearing from you guys! Have a great week, everyone!

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