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10 Store brand Products that Are the Same as Name Brands

We’ve all been there, wavering between the pretty box of "Tylenol" and the cheap "acetaminophen." The store brand costs so much less but is this really the place to look for savings? Medication?

The fact is, there are products you want to spend on if you can, like toilet paper and maybe lamb chops. But there are just as many goods you can get on the cheap and, if you’re like most people, never know the difference. (In fact, the real difference is typically marketing dollars.)

Here, 10 store brand items you can count on to improve your bottom line without sacrificing quality. First, for your cereal (or sippy cup)

7. Baby Formula

It may be the last thing you’d think to skimp on, but consider the facts: Store brand baby formula has to meet the same safety standards and nutrition guidelines as brand names, and they’re made with the same basic ingredients.

Formula is also very expensive, which makes it an area worth saving in.

If your baby has allergies or extreme fussiness, you’ll want to examine the fillers in the different brands (store and name brands, alike); otherwise, try the cheaper one.

Next: Save on hydration

6. Bottled Water

If you spend on bottled water, you apparently haven’t yet been swayed by the "water is water" argument. But how about this one: Bottled water is bottled water.

Mineral and/or carbonated water is different, of course, but if we’re talking about regular old "purified water," the store brand water is just like the brand name stuff. Both contain H2O molecules; both went through the same types of purification processes; and both quench thirst and taste, well, like water. The only real difference is that the name brand (which, unless it’s labeled as "spring water," is likely from the tap) can cost twice as much.

Next: Save on seasoning

Ever done a salt taste test? Go ahead, try to tell the difference between name brand and store brand table salt. They look, feel, taste and raise your blood pressure the same.

And really, unless you’re quite the gourmet, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between store brand and name brand oregano, basil and thyme, too. (Or any other seasoning in your spice rack, like chili powder, garlic powder or sage.)

Save on the cheap salt and pepper so you can spend on the real vanilla the artificial stuff is a pale imitation.

Next: Save on clean

You’re using it to line pans or steam on the grill. Maybe wrap some leftovers. Aluminum foil is purely utilitarian and pretty simple as far as "ingredients" go: It’s the element aluminium, shaped into thin sheets.

Not all store brands are as strong as the name brands, but lots are. (After all, according to Consumer Credit Counseling services, the manufacturer of Reynolds Wrap also manufactures store brands.) And you can always upgrade to the heavy duty, which will probably still cost less than the brand name regular. So try it. You’ll probably find there’s no need to splurge on this kitchen essential.

Next: Save your stomach

As with antacids, pain relievers are a great place to save. Store brands have to meet the same efficacy and safety standards as name brands. They typically come in various forms (caplets, tablets, etc.) to suit your preference. And the active ingredients are identical for example, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Your headache doesn’t care whether the ibuprofen has its own ad campaign.

A dollar here and there can really add up over time, so don’t underestimate the power of the store brand. Fifteen bucks a week may not cover your mortgage, but it can probably take care of your texting.

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