How about different brands?
I am loyal to the store that gives me the best deal on what I am in need of at a specific time! Really!!
I shop at many stores. Kroger, Aldi, Meijer, Wal-Mart, SavAlot, Ollies, Dollar Tree, Big Lots, you name it. I go where the deals are.
I know 'my' BEST prices, and go to the place that can match that price or beat it.
I used to coupon a lot - back in the day. Today, it is not profitable for me to do much of that. The coupons we get are not things that I would buy, nor do ANY stores in our area double coupons any more.
Stores no longer match prices here either. The only time that happens in our area, is at Christmas time on 'things' not food.
SavAlot deals this week
Aldi specials this week
I don't purchase a lot of the things shown above - but boy there are some deals. If one was on a limited or super tight food budget - these would be some great deals. Not always the healthiest - but you know if you are hungry and have little/no money - it would fill you up!
You do what you have to do at various times in your life.
I think we have all been through times that full bellies was what was most important.
Brand loyalty. Are you loyal to certain brands?
Me not so much. I have found that most items are processed in the same plants and just different labels are added. You really need to read you products, and you will see.
My main loyalties are pet food - as certain brands make my cats sick and other brands they won't even think of eating (that says a lot to me).
I am pretty loyal about my lotion that helps my complexion.
Other than that - I am pretty much open. We have tried lots of different brands, and don't often find things that we don't like.
In my opinion - much of the taste comes from cooking/seasoning techniques - not brand.
I am not crazy about 'just eating' store brand cream of soups (rarely would eat any way), but they work fine in casseroles. I like to make my own 'cream of' mixes - but always keep canned on hand.
Veggies seem similar and I have no problems with them - it's all about how you fix them.
I have found that Walmart brand of vegetable BEEF (not just plain veggie) soup is wonderful! I use it in many dishes. COST is .50 a can - Campbell's is 1.49 can in our area. What a savings and they taste exactly the same!
I like to keep a few cans of ravioli around. Quick lunch or great to have for helping out someone or donations. Dollar Tree it is $1 every day (name brand) - or .89 can at WalMart (name brand). It is generally 1.29 can and up at regular stores, unless they are having a 10/ $10 special. You just have to pay attention.
I buy store brand peanut butter as well - usually Kroger or Aldi. I always get it for $1 or less a jar.
I have tried all the special brands people talk about - tea bags, coffee (not big drinkers), peanut butter, catsup, veggies, even shampoo, dish soap, etc. and NO we don't see a big enough difference to spend 3X the dollars for products.
I water down or use less that called for of most things that aren't food - so I alter it anyway.
Toilet paper - not necessarily brand loyal - just NOT single ply, yet soft and durable.
We are just simple folks with simple tastes.
I can jazz up anything with spices and cooking technique. IF we did try something that we thought was nasty - then no I wouldn't purchase again. So far though, that has happened rarely in 33 years.
What say you? I know there are going to be some brand loyal folks here - not sure about store loyalty.
Are you willing to try different things?
I am curious to hear your thoughts and experiences.