Brand names are out there to rip you off. The companies spend a fortune on advertising to draw you in. And the consumer (you) pay for it. You will save money if you buy store brands. You will also save more of your money by running an efficient kitchen. Buy in quantity when on sale. Double your recipes and serve at another meal. You can save money big time.
Unless you know better, you are apt to use brand products that you know and have seen in your parent’s and friend’s pantry. Those brands cost much more than store brands. These companies have high priced advertizing that you pay for. They are placed on the most convenient shelves in the store, at waist and shoulder height where you are most likely to look. Brand products pay extra for that convenience which is passed on to you also.
Brand names are a rip-off. Most store brands are the exact food as the brand name. They are foods that were left over after the brand name orders were filled. The leftovers are then canned and packaged as store brands. They are the same food but cost less and they don’t have that expensive brand label.
Many children aquire a taste for brand names after watching television where brand names are touted.Teach your children about store brands and have a tasting test. Prepare a taste test between their favorite brand names and the store brand. ( Be sure to hide the labels.)They will have fun doing it, and they will learn to scrutinize advertising and compare prices.
Here are a few comparisons of brand names versus store brands.
Brand Name and Store Brand
1. Apple Juice 64 oz. Brand name $2.79 Store brand $1.99
2. Applesauce 15 oz. Brand name $1.17 Store brand.79
3. Red Kidney Beans 15 oz. Brand name .83 Store brand .53
4. Hot dog buns 8 Brand name $1.79 Store brand .79
5. Vegetable Oil 24 oz. Brand name $2.35 Store brand $1.49
6.Evaporated Milk 12 oz. Brand name .85 Store brand.69
7.Baking Soda 16 oz. Brand name .75 Store brand .55
8. Monterery Cheese 1 lb. Brand name $5.38 Store brand $3.99
9. Frozen Corn 10 oz. Brand name .89 Store brand .79
10.Whole Wheat Bread 24 oz. Brand name $2.09 Store brand $1.69
11.Butter 1 lb. Brand name $2.69 Store brand $2.29
12. Sugar 5 lb. Brand name $2.69 Store brand $2.29
13. White Vinegar 16 oz. Brand name .79 Store brand .59
Count the difference in the name brands and the store brands and look what a savings. Just think what you could save on your grocery bill in a year.
You can also run an efficient kitchen.
1. Buy what you need in one visit to the grocery store. You will spend extra money on every trip you take. Buy more than you need of everything that is on sale. Save time and money by doubling your recipe and freezing half for next week.
2. Keep a container in the freezer for those extra scraps and any leftovers. Use them to make a pot of soup.
3. Skim milk costs less and is better for you than whole milk. Plain frozen vegetables are less expensive and they don’t have all the fat and salt of prepared foods. Legums are not expensive and are full of fiber,potassium, and protein.
4.Breakfast foods are low cost and are good for supper. Kids love it. Pancakes, eggs, and bacon are a good example.
Don’t throw these away.
1. Sour milk; Use it to make pancakes and biscuits.
2. Stale bread; Use it to make bread puddings or stuffing.
3. Overripe bananas; Make banana bread.
4. Dried up pound cake; Make french toast.
5. Stale corn flakes; Use them in cookie recipes.
6 Old wine; Add to your vinegar.
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