Whether it's food or clothing -- or just about anything else, for that matter -- the reason you and your big family know the brand names of particular items is because the company behind them has spent big bucks promoting them [source: Schrage]. And all of those marketing dollars have to be recouped some way, and the simplest and easiest way to do that is for companies to charge more for their marquee names.
But does it make sense to shell out extra money for, say, Cheerios, when a generic label offers the same cereal at a reduced price? Not necessarily, says Schrage of Money Crashers. "Consider generic brand items instead of those expensive, widely marketed brand names that often don't provide any extra quality or effectiveness," he says.
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