10 Items You Should Always Buy Generic


Home Equipment and Tools

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Store-brand tools are generally just as tough as pricier versions. HD Connelly/Getty Images

DIY and home-improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot have built their reputations by supplying the tools for all kinds of projects, whether you're building a deck on the weekends or simply want to repaint your bathroom. In either case, their brands are built on marketing the idea that you can DIY your home to your heart's content.

House brands of home improvement tools (Craftsman originally owned by Sears but now Stanley Black & Decker and distributed via Lowe's; Husky and Workforce from Home Depot) are offered at significantly lower prices than high-end brand name tools. Buying these tools in "bundles" can save money, so watch for combo kits that sometimes save 30 percent over buying each piece individually. Then, once you make that first big tool purchase, stick with the brand. This enables you to use a single battery and charger with multiple tools and buy subsequent tools without a battery and charger, saving up to $50 dollars a purchase.