name brand http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9229/all en-US 7 Cheaper Versions of Your Favorite Products http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheaper-versions-of-your-favorite-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-cheaper-versions-of-your-favorite-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_sharing_earbuds_000076401933.jpg" alt="Couple finding brands with cheaper versions that are just as good" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Figuring out which trendy brands have cheaper alternatives is an excellent way to keep more of your money when shopping. After all, there is nothing worse than dropping money on a name-brand item only to bring it home and be disappointed with the quality. Here are seven popular products that fall into this category, and their cheaper alternatives.</p> <h2>1. Beats Earbuds</h2> <p>The idea of dropping $78 on a pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/1nPFEtM">Beats headphones</a> is completely reasonable for many shoppers. But what if I were to tell you that there is another brand that is significantly cheaper and gets amazing reviews on Amazon? By significantly cheaper, I mean approximately $7 compared to $78.</p> <p>The in-ear headphones of which I speak are made by <a href="http://amzn.to/1nPG43q">Panasonic</a> and get a very high 4.5-star rating with over 28,000 reviews. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive and typically say something to the effect of how shocked the buyer was with the great sound quality. By comparison, the $78 Beats version only received 3.5 stars with just over 1,500 reviews on Amazon. You could buy 10 pairs of the Panasonic earbuds and hand them out to your friends and still come out ahead.</p> <h2>2. Top-Shelf Liquor at Costco</h2> <p>There have long been rumors circulating that when it comes to buying alcohol at Costco, the Kirkland brand is often made by top-shelf manufacturers. While Costco would never admit to it, many spirit connoisseurs believe Kirkland Signature Vodka is produced by Grey Goose, Kirkland Scotch by Macallan, and their bourbon by Jim Beam. Whether they are or not, the Kirkland brands often beat the top-shelf liquors in blind taste tests &mdash; making them great buys, especially with a price tag at almost 40% less per bottle.</p> <h2>3. Expensive Brand-Name Makeup</h2> <p>Many &quot;drugstore&quot; cosmetics are just as good as their high-end, name-brand counterparts &mdash; at a fraction of the price. For example, a tube of the ever-popular <a href="http://amzn.to/1P9bD0Q">Benefit They're Real! Mascara</a> retails for $26, while <a href="http://amzn.to/1Svy6JK">CoverGirl's Lashblast Mascara</a> can be had for under $6 and tends to get better overall reviews. Excellent cheaper brands to look for at drugstores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS include Maybelline, Milani, e.l.f., and Revlon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mascaras">The 5 Best Mascaras</a>)</p> <h2>4. Over-the-Counter Cold Meds</h2> <p>Have you ever looked at a box of generic cold medicine and compared it to the name-brand alternative? If you have, you're already aware that they typically have identical ingredients with the only significant difference being the price tag. Whether it's Benadryl, Sudafed, Bayer, NyQuil, or Tylenol, you should definitely consider buying the generic at the drugstore and easily save 25%&ndash;40% in the process.</p> <h2>5. Gillette and Schick Razors</h2> <p>Aside from growing a mountain-man beard, it can be hard to avoid buying expensive razors, like those from Schick and Gillette. But the good news is that there is a solid alternative that won't break the bank. In particular, I'm a huge fan of <a href="http://amzn.to/1nPJHX4">Studio 35</a> disposable and blade replacement razors found at Walgreens, Amazon, and Drugstore.com to name a few. Not only do they sell on average 30%&ndash;40% less than the name brand, but they do a great job on my skin and last just as long. By comparison, you can buy a new Studio 35 razor and six replacement blades for $5.29 at Walgreens, while a comparable Gillette package will run you close to $13.</p> <h2>6. Banana Republic Clothing</h2> <p>I recently stumbled upon an&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice/comments/3aot9w/banana_republic_vs_gap_vs_old_navy/">excellent Reddit thread</a> discussing Banana Republic vs. Gap vs. Old Navy clothing. As all three are owned by Gap Inc., the thread discusses the quality difference between them, especially considering that Banana Republic is far away the most expensive of the three brands. Interestingly, when it comes to Banana Republic, items like jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are very similar quality to the oft-cheaper Gap and Old Navy brand. Also, the consensus on buying underwear, boxers, and basic T's is to shop at Old Navy and get quality items, and more importantly, avoid the higher price tag found at Banana Republic.</p> <h2>7. Girl Scout Cookies</h2> <p>While supporting the Girl Scouts at $5 per box is a worthwhile spend, what do you do if you need your cookie fix when they aren't being sold? If you love Thin Mints, try Keebler Grasshoppers. If Samoas are your thing, give Keebler Coconut Dreams a spin. If you crave Do-Si-Dos as much as I do, you probably already know that Nutter Butter's are a cheaper alternative. Also, let's not forget the humble, but highly popular Tagalong, which can be found at Walgreens for cheap under the Nice! Peanut Butter Fudge store-brand.</p> <p><em>What name-brand alternatives have you discovered that always save you money?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-cheaper-versions-of-your-favorite-products&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Cheaper%2520Versions%2520of%2520Your%2520Favorite%2520Products.jpg&amp;description=7%20Cheaper%20Versions%20of%20Your%20Favorite%20Products"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Cheaper%20Versions%20of%20Your%20Favorite%20Products.jpg" alt="7 Cheaper Versions of Your Favorite Products" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheaper-versions-of-your-favorite-products">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-prescription-drug-coupons">Don&#039;t Use Your Prescription Drug Coupons Until You Read This</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-why-used-is-better">6 Reasons Why Used Is Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/replace-these-8-luxury-buys-with-their-cheaper-better-alternatives">Replace These 8 Luxury Buys With Their Cheaper, Better Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-never-skimp-on">15 Things You Should Never Skimp On</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping cheap alternatives generic name brand popular products quality Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:07 +0000 Kyle James 1653344 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip http://www.wisebread.com/8-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby_looking_at_produce.jpg" alt="Baby looking at produce" title="Baby looking at produce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="178" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although it is convenient to grab everything at the grocery store, sometimes it's best to only buy certain items and shop for the rest at other locations such as specialty stores or the dollar store. One of the best ways to save money at the grocery store is to keep away from the items that are marked up. I talked to consumer savings expert <a href="http://www.andreaworoch.com/">Andrea Woroch</a>, who shared eight items you shouldn't put in your grocery cart.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Grocery-Apps-20133901">RELATED: 7 Apps That Will&nbsp;Save You&nbsp;Money at the Supermarket</a></p> <h2>Cubed or Presliced Meat</h2> <p>&quot;Meat markup is up to 60% and much more for precut or precubed meats. Since meat has a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/overpriced-grocery-items-19150854?page=0,0,0&amp;lc=int_mb_1001">refrigerated shelf life</a> of just five days and must then be thrown out, most meat departments in grocery stores aim for a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/overpriced-grocery-items-19150854?page=0,0,0&amp;lc=int_mb_1001">minimum 30%</a> markup, and often much higher, to make up for losses.</p> <p>Steaks, for instance, are marked up 40% to 50%; some cheaper cuts, such as round and chuck meat, are marked up as much as 60%. Lesser cuts of meat, those typically cut into pieces for stir-fries or stews are marked up as much as 300%, should never be bought at full price because they're always discounted at some point (look for markdowns on meats that near their sell-by date or hit up bulk stores like <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/costco?lc=int_mb_1001">Costco</a> for savings of up to 30% off larger slabs of meat. You can refrigerate that which you don't use for later).&quot;</p> <h2>Name-Brand Spices</h2> <p>&quot;Name-brand spices are marked up close to 97%. Smart shoppers can buy spices at a natural food store to save you up to 97% on the basic spices people buy regularly. For instance, a $3.52 jar of bay leaves at the grocery store will cost you only 12 cents for the same amount at a natural foods store. Drugstores and discount stores also sell spices cheaper than at a grocery store. You may have to bring your own bottles to fill but the savings make up for this.&quot;</p> <h2>Bakery Goods</h2> <p>&quot;Bakery items are marked up nearly 100% as you&rsquo;re paying for convenience. For instance, $20 supermarket cake can be made from scratch or out of a box at home for just $5 (or less by purchasing sale items and using coupons for the boxed goods).</p> <p>Bread can also be baked inexpensively at home. Since most people won't bake bread at home, look for buy-one-get-one-free deals and freeze one loaf or buy when bread is marked down. Savvy shoppers will ask store managers when bread gets marked down &mdash; usually nearing the expiration date or end of the day.&quot;</p> <h2>Brand Name Cereal</h2> <p>&quot;Establishing product differentiation and aggressive brand promotion are key aspects of cereal markups. Production costs and retailer share make up about 36% and 20% of the retail price of cereal, the rest (44%) is average manufacturer gross margin.</p> <p>One of the most basic cereals, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, had the highest average retail markup of 43.5%. At the low end was an average 18.2% markup. Buying generic is a smart means of saving money, nearly 50%. Compare ingredients of name brand with generic &mdash; if the ingredients are the same, you won't taste much of a difference. In fact, most store labels (generic) are actually produced by the big-name brands. They just happen to use different packaging &mdash; packaging that didn't cost a lot in marketing dollars to attract customers. However, this difference in packaging results in prices that are as much as 50% cheaper!</p> <p>Compare the nutritional information and ingredient order of a favorite brand and a store label. Chances are, they will be identical and if so, you will be satisfied with it while saving a ton of money. Note: most stores offer a money-back guarantee on their own brands, so keep the receipt just in case.&quot;</p> <h2>Batteries</h2> <p>&quot;[Batteries] are marked up as much as 60%. Stay away from batteries at the grocery store and instead throw them in your online cart next time you're browsing Target or Walmart's website. Better yet, hop on over to a warehouse store like Sam's Club or Costco where you can find double the quantity of batteries for the same cost as your local supermarket. Since batteries have no expiration date, buying in large quantities is A-OK!&quot;</p> <h2>Presliced Produce</h2> <p>&quot;Produce that has been presliced, prechopped, or diced for the consumer will cost on average 35% more than the whole vegetable or fruit. Shoppers are paying for convenience but a task that takes no more than five minutes, isn't worth paying more for.</p> <p>Opt to shop for produce at a local farmers market and buy only what's &quot;in season&quot; to enjoy the lowest prices. Better yet, pop by a street vendor for the least expensive fruit and veggies.&quot;</p> <h2>Detergent</h2> <p>&quot;Though warehouse stores offer unbeatable prices on bulk laundry detergent and other household cleaning supplies for that matter, you could skip the special visit to the store altogether by purchasing online at stores like Walmart and Target. With various free shipping deals and online coupons ($5 off $50 at Target from <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/">CouponSherpa.com</a>), you could stock up on bulk detergent and avoid lugging to and from your car. And, since laundry is one of those never-ending chores, the bulk stuff won't get wasted.&quot;</p> <h2>Personal Care Products</h2> <p>&quot;From body lotion to shampoo and toothpaste, unless it's on sale, skip it. The best deals are offered at various drug stores like CVS (with coupons), Walmart, and even cheapest at dollar stores (makeup applicators, cotton swabs, shampoo, etc).&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting everything you need at the grocery store is convenient. But if you&#039;re buying these eight items, you&#039;re definitely overpaying. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Supermarket-Psychology-Tricks-18344600">5 Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Money-Whole-Foods-11376657">Insider Info: 18 Tips to&nbsp;Saving Big&nbsp;Bucks in&nbsp;Whole Foods</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Supermarket-19548670">6 Smart Savings Tips for Your Next Supermarket Spree</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill">5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-simple-ways-to-save-on-thanksgiving">5 Simple Ways to Save on Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-cut-costs-on-holiday-feasts">13 Ways to Cut Costs on Holiday Feasts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping name brand overpriced save on groceries Mon, 05 Dec 2011 11:36:11 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 809697 at http://www.wisebread.com "Can you spare a square?" 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage. http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1402812403_b598732dd3.jpg" alt="TP attacked" title="TP attacked" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>That classic scene from Seinfeld got me thinking over the weekend. Is there a strategy for using toilet paper? Is it worth our time? But when I spend money to literally flush the product down the drain, I often wonder…how much should I be flushing? Am I wasting money?</p> <p>As an adult, I had never given it much thought until a comedian I was listening to pointed out that even hardnosed conservationists seem to forget their scruples in the stall. Why use a few sheets when a massive wad of paper will do the job just as well?</p> <p>My mother worked out, pretty quickly, that regardless of how good the toilet paper was that she bought, we’d use the same amount; way too much. So instead of buying the luxurious double rolls with extra absorbency, she’d get standard rolls. And as kids, we never really noticed the difference, and would still pull armfuls of paper from the roll, leaving the cardboard tube spinning on the holder for a good 10 seconds. </p> <p>So, what to do? Pardon the pun, but even to a frugal guy like me it seems a little anal to have a toilet paper strategy. I mean, I don’t have much of a life but I’m not at the point where I’m counting TP sheets…at least, not yet. But there are a few things I can suggest, especially with kids around. </p> <p>1) Think twice about getting those expensive, luxurious rolls of paper for the kids&#39; bathroom. Regular paper works just as well, and kids will use either one with zeal.</p> <p>2) Consider having a box of baby wipes in the bathroom. On those times when things get a little messy (stomach flu anyone?) a baby wipe or two will do the work of handfuls of toilet paper. They’re designed to handle much bigger messes than regular TP.</p> <p><em>NOTE: As many readers have pointed out, buy FLUSHABLE wipes. Kandoo and Cottonelle are popular, but many stores (Walgreens for instance) now carry their own brand of flushable wipes for a nice saving.  </em></p> <p>3) Buy standard sized rolls. Double rolls actually run down quicker than two standard rolls. The reason being, we see more of the roll and subconsciously use more because there’s plenty. It’s the reason you keep seeing manufacturers up the size of the roll, so that now we need extra equipment to fit these jumbo sized rolls onto the holder. </p> <p>4) Go with store brand. As I’ve said many times, there is very little difference, if any, between name brand and store brand; especially in this instance when it all ends up being flushed down the drain anyway. </p> <p>5) Practice restraint. There’s no reason at all to attack the roll and pull masses of paper away with the force of Rambo starting a speedboat. Grab what you need and nothing more.</p> <p>These few simple tips will save you money on a product every single one of us uses on a daily basis. Let’s save a few trees and a few bucks at the same time.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs General Tips Green Living Shopping bathroom habits name brand store brand toilet paper Tue, 20 May 2008 16:02:00 +0000 Paul Michael 2107 at http://www.wisebread.com