10 Items You Should Always Buy Generic


Snacks and Sweets

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Snacks and sweets can put a huge dent in your grocery budget, but generics are often just as good, if not better, than name brands. Digital Vision/Getty Images

If you're stocking up on snacks and sweets, you could cut a quarter of your bill by buying store brands — and still be satisfied with how these foods taste. A 24,000-person survey by Consumer Reports found that 72 percent of those surveyed had opted for store brands in the past month, and of those, 74 percent were highly satisfied with the quality of those store brands.

In Consumer Report's taste-testing of store brand versus name brand snacks and sweets, many items came out about equal, including cheese crackers, granola bars, yogurt, peanut butter, pickles and walnuts.

But there are some generic products that consumer groups and polls have told us to avoid. Take Oreo cookies, for example. Time and again, this name brand sweet snack has beat-out its store brand competitors for texture and taste, but not price. In the end, most consumer agencies advise the curious to test store-brand foods out at home.

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