One great way for consumers to save money on everyday items is by buying generic. After all, many generic products can hold their own against their branded counterparts. However, this isn’t always the case. Some generic products are significantly poorer in quality, and will actually just cost you more in the long run. Here are some generic items you should avoid:
1) Toilet paper and paper towels
Toilet paper and paper towels are two items you don’t want to scrimp on. Generic brands of these paper products have fewer fibers, resulting in less absorbency. Sure it will cost you less, but you’ll likely use up more sheets than you would with a branded counterpart. If you want to save on these two paper products, purchase them with coupons from your favorite grocery store.
2) Garbage bags
Generic garbage bags may be inexpensive, but they are also of much poorer quality. They are often thinner and with less capacity, and are a lot more likely to leave you with a huge mess to clean up when they break open. Shop for branded garbage bags with patented materials, and opt for the black industrial strength bags over those marketed for the home for your big jobs.
Every parent knows how easily a baby can go through hundreds and hundreds of diapers (I had 5 in diapers at the same time – ouch!). Although your first instinct may be to save with generic diapers, you may want to think again. Generic diapers just aren’t as high quality as branded ones. By going generic, you’re more likely to deal with a lot more messes, leaks and even diaper rashes. If you’re really looking to save money in this department, you might want to look into cloth diapers.
Generic electronics may be available everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you should purchase them. They’re often made from older parts or pre-used items, and are unlikely to work over the long haul. Generic electronics have a tendency to break more often than their brand name counterparts, and will rarely come with a warranty. If you’re looking to purchase a gadget you can use for hours (and days and months) on end, then go with a respectable brand instead.
Are you about to give your home a facelift? A generic bucket of paint may cost a lot less than brand-name paint, but it’s not worth the possible headaches. Generic paint is often watered down or thinner, requiring more coats to cover the same area. It’s also more prone to chipping and fading. The one-time premium you pay for branded paint is definitely worth it.