What are the Best Generic Products to Buy

Best Generic Products to Buy

If you are a regular at the grocery store or pharmacy, you’ve probably gone through this debate in your mind: what are the best generic products to buy? Despite more impressive packaging and name brands you recognize, there are many examples when it’s not worth paying a premium when you can buy the store brand for less. So next time you are shopping, consider our list of the best generic products to buy.

Over-the-Counter Medications

Over-the-counter medications is one of the best generic products to buy. The formula used in a store brand versus a name brand is similar and in some cases identical, meaning there is absolutely no difference in the product you are purchasing.


Not only is there no difference between brands of bottled water, but there is little difference between bottled water and the water that comes out of your tap. But if you need to buy bottled water for whatever reason, always go with the generic brand.

Cleaning Products

Much like with over-the-counter medications, there is little difference between cleaning products. They all use the same formula with some minor cosmetic differences like scent. If you want to go even further, you can even make your own basic cleaning products at home.

Pantry Items

Whether it’s sugar, salt or baking powder, it’s all the same no matter what brand you buy. So there’s no reason to go name brand for this purchase.


Although there are differences between name brand and store brand cereal, it is minimal and sometimes store brands are actually better. In any case, when you are saving over $1 a box, there is no arguing with that.

If you are looking for more ways to save, see our tips for If you are looking for more ways to save, see our list of 5 cheap staple foods that everyone should be buying.

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