store brands http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9794/all en-US Store Brands Rival Heinz and Hellman's in Taste Test http://www.wisebread.com/store-brands-rival-heinz-and-hellmans-in-taste-test <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/store-brands-rival-heinz-and-hellmans-in-taste-test" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-3179695-small.jpg" alt="condiment bottles" title="condiment bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's hard to resist the siren song of the big national brands. All that pretty packaging beckons from the store shelves, the last chance to close the sale after millions have been spent on advertising and marketing to make those names well-known and trustworthy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/market-clones-how-to-pay-drastically-less-for-pricey-products">Market Clones: Pay Less for Pricey Products</a>)</p> <p>In the past decade retailers have gotten into the branding game, too, with their own branded products, many of which are produced by the very same companies that produce those national brands. Trader Joe's, for example, has built its business this way. Costco, Target, Walmart, and even Whole Foods all have their own store brands, which can be 10% to 30% cheaper than comparable national brands.</p> <h2>Savory Store Brand Condiments Win Big</h2> <p>For its October 2013 issue of the magazine, Consumer Reports <a href="http://www.today.com/money/dont-be-afraid-buy-store-brand-food-consumer-reports-says-8C11022220">conducted a taste test of store brands and national brands</a> across several grocery store categories. The store brands did pretty well, in general. While none are exact copies of the big brands, most were rated by testers as high quality, the equal, or nearly so, of the big players.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-5206067-small.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" class=”ggnoads” /></p> <p>The big winners, however, were store brand ketchup and mayonnaise. In a blind taste test of Consumer Reports staffers who said they preferred the national brands, 45% chose Target's Market Pantry brand (13% had no preference; 41% chose Best Foods/Hellman's or Heinz).</p> <p><strong>Ketchup</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerreports.org">Consumer Reports</a>' testers pitted Heinz ketchup against the store brands and found one &quot;near-twin&quot; (Target's Market Pantry brand ketchup) and another high quality substitute (Sam's Club). Both were ranked &quot;Just As Good&quot; by the tasters, and both are at least 30% cheaper than Heinz. Avoid, however, substituting with Whole Foods' 365 brand ketchup. Tasters thought it was &quot;thin and dark,&quot; and, in general, Whole Foods' 365 brand products do not offer consumers much in the way of savings.</p> <p><strong>Mayo</strong></p> <p>Before I switched to <a href="http://followyourheart.com/products/original-3/">Vegenaise</a>, Best Foods (Hellman's back east) was my favorite, and it's America's leading brand. But in Consumer Reports' test, three store brands were rated &quot;near-twin&quot; (Market Pantry, Walmart's Great Value, and Costco's Kirkland Signature). Whole Foods' 365 brand mayo joined those three as &quot;Just as Good.&quot; Again, the store brands are as much as 25% cheaper than Best Foods/Hellman's.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-4188312-small.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" class=”ggnoads” /></p> <p>The next time you visit the market to stock up on pantry staples like ketchup and mayo, consider reaching a little lower on the shelf for the store brand. You'll see the difference in your pocketbook, but you probably won't taste the difference on your sandwich. You may even prefer it.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite store brand substitutes f</em><em>or the big national brands?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/store-brands-rival-heinz-and-hellmans-in-taste-test">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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The report noted a drop in diaper sales and an increase in use of diaper rash cream. It even quoted a doctor who was seeing more diaper rash cases. But the article also acknowledged that <em>most </em>of the drop in sales is due to a lower birthrate over the past couple years.</p> <p>Still, the piece got me thinking that a lot of parents are paying more than necessary to keep baby booties dry. Here are some hints for reducing diaper expenses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a>)</p> <h2>Cloth Diapers</h2> <p><a href="http://www.momadvice.com/parenting/cloth_diapers.aspx">Estimates for savings</a> over the three years most kids are in diapers are usually in the $1,000-$2,000 range. And there are certainly compelling environmental reasons to use cloth. However, these estimates assume you are spending 17-28 cents per diaper and changing them an average of eight times a day. Bargain shoppers will not save this much. Nor will lazy moms like me who change only five or six times a day and try to potty train at age two. I estimate that disposable diapers cost me only $5 a week, for about 130 weeks per child (two-and-a-half years). Even assuming that I spent more than $5 during those newborn months (a vague memory at this point), the total per-child cost of disposables was under $1,000 &mdash; capping my possible savings somewhere south of that.</p> <p>If you decide to use cloth, consider shopping secondhand or asking for hand-me-downs. <a href="http://www.freecycle.org/">Freecycle</a> groups are great for this. Don't be grossed out by the thought of used diapers &mdash; after all, diaper service clients use diapers previously worn by other children every day.</p> <h2>Join Amazon Mom</h2> <p>Members of the free <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/welcome">Amazon Mom</a> service get 30% off diapers and wipes when they order through the Subscribe &amp; Save option. Add this to free shipping, frequent unannounced sales, and coupons you can load on the site, and Amazon has been my diaper store of choice for a year now. Tip &mdash; because prices fluctuate on Amazon, stock up when you see a great price.</p> <h2>Combine Coupons and Promotions</h2> <p>Target, Babies 'R' Us, and drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS all issue store coupons for diapers and take manufacturer's coupons as well. You can pair one of each for every pack of diapers you buy. Target sometimes offers a $5 or $10 gift card for buying packs of diapers &mdash; if you come in with a manufacturer's coupon, a Target coupon, and get the gift card, you've often brought the price down to an acceptable level.</p> <h2>Do the Math</h2> <p>Some diaper sales sound like a good deal, but turn out not to be. You need to know your target price <em>per diaper</em> in your child's size in order to accurately price compare. <a href="http://babycheapskate.com/">Baby Cheapskate</a> has a GREAT resource for figuring out how many diapers are in a mega or jumbo pack and what makes a good price for each size &mdash; the <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/53166568/How-Many-Diapers-Per-Pack-Stockupportunity-Pricing">diaper stock-up price chart</a>.</p> <h2>Try Store Brands</h2> <p>Store brands' quality have improved in recent years. While a newborn with a lot of &quot;blowouts&quot;* may need the highest-end diaper you can buy, older tots may be just fine in any old brand. I used Costco's Kirkland even on newborns with no problem, and now that my youngest is a toddler, I find Luvs, Walgreens, CVS, and Target diapers all just fine.</p> <h2>Keep Your Eyes Open</h2> <p>I have purchased opened packs of diapers at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">garage sales</a> and found boxes with discontinued packaging on deep clearance discount at grocery and drugstores.</p> <h2>Accept Help</h2> <p>Times may be tough, but babies shouldn't be the ones to suffer. If you can't afford enough diapers to keep your baby dry and comfortable, apply to a program such as <a href="http://www.huggies.com/en-US/promotions/everylittlebottom/diaper-help">Huggies Every Little Bottom</a> or apply for other assistance.</p> <p>* If you're not a parent and don't know what a blowout is, <em>don't ask</em>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/too-broke-to-buy-diapers">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-4"> <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/calculate-the-stock-up-price-to-save-on-these-baby-essentials">Calculate the &quot;Stock Up Price&quot; to Save on These Baby Essentials</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/4-more-ways-to-save-on-maternity-clothes">4 More Ways to Save on Maternity Clothes</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/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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-infant-nail-clippers">The 5 Best Infant Nail Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping babies diaper deals store brands Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:48:11 +0000 Carrie Kirby 736880 at http://www.wisebread.com Sure Savings at the Supermarket http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2259224024_d5ac7518e5_z.jpg" alt="shopping cart" title="shopping cart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's not much price difference on national brands among stores, but there is one way you can definitely save big.</p> <p>I've priced a market basket of 9 staple items at two nearby supermarkets &mdash; our two large regionals are Hannaford and Shaw's &mdash; and share the results here with you. I also invite you to price these items in your area and post the results here on Wise Bread.</p> <p>The great majority of Americans live within a few miles of competing grocery stores, so you expect their prices to be competititve, and they usually are. But, the savings really add up when you compare the prices of their <strong>store brands </strong>both to the national brands, and to each other. I've included store brand items in my market basket pricing so you can clearly see the savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-other-grocery-stores-should-steal-from-trader-joes" title="5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal From Trader Joe's">5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal From Trader Joe's</a>)</p> <p>Before we check out the market basket, a word first about store brands, which are also called private labels. They are not offered on all products, but are certainly available on most of the staple items you buy week after week. We know you can save money buying store brands, so the question really is one of <strong>quality</strong>: Is it comparable to what you get with a brand label?</p> <p>I have always bought store brands, and with very few exceptions, have found them to be good quality, and a good value. Private labels traditionally have been produced by the name-label companies, usually to the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100000-with-a-do-it-yourself-taste-test">same standards</a>, although occasionally a private label may have its own product specifications. The one store brand item I have found repeatedly disappointing is dish detergent.</p> <p>Below is the list of market basket items, the name brand, that price at each of the two area chain supermarkets and the price for the store brand at each store. Pricing was done on Saturday, September 13, no sale prices were included.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/chart1.png" alt="food cost chart" title="food comparison chart" width="474" height="486" /></p> <p>While the difference between stores on national brands, and even on store brands, isn't terribly significant, the difference at&nbsp; either store between name brands and private labels <strong>IS substantial</strong>. These are the total market basket costs for the nine items:</p> <table border="0" width="500" height="84"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <p>Hannaford National Brands</p> </td> <td align="center"> <p>&nbsp;Hannaford Store Brands</p> </td> <td align="center"> <p>&nbsp;Shaw's National Brands</p> </td> <td align="center"> <p>&nbsp;Shaw's Store Brands</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center">&nbsp;$22.45</td> <td align="center">&nbsp;$17.84</td> <td align="center">&nbsp;$24.07</td> <td align="center">&nbsp;$18.16</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The bottom line is clear</strong>. You can save approximately <strong>20-25%</strong> by buying store brands when they're available. Now, <em>that's</em> a good saving strategy!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mary-webber">Mary Webber</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">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/supermarket-savings">Supermarket Savings Guide</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/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</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-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</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/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</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/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping generic brands grocery shopping store brands supermarket Wed, 17 Sep 2008 15:10:34 +0000 Mary Webber 2435 at http://www.wisebread.com