Can we talk about “off brands” for a minute?
Definition provided by www.dictionary.com.
1. not having a recognized or popular brand or name:
2. being a cheap or inferior brand or grade:
3. a brand or name that is unrecognized or relatively unfamiliar.
4. a cheap or inferior brand.
What items are okay to purchase as an “off brand” vs “name brand”?
I can be ridiculous when it comes to this subject. I am very picky for someone who has a tight budget. I like what I like. There are coupons or you can buy a smaller quantity of it until you get paid again. I’m not talking about super fancy stuff either. For example, I have a coke problem. Don’t get all crazy ya’ll… A Coca-Cola addiction. So the other night I asked my darling husband to run out and get some drinks. Why in the world did he bring back this?
I was so hurt…
Me: “Seriously, why? How could you? How much did you pay for this?”
Husband: “$5.00 for both 12 pks.”
Me: “Oh, that’s great. You saved us $1.00.”
I hung my head and sulked like a spoiled child.
Me: ‘You have to know where to get them on sale. I never pay more than $3.00 for a 12pk of Coke. I can’t drink this.”
Husband: “You will drink this. That’s why these kids give you such a hard time about dinner. They’re just like their mama.”
Me: “This sucks.”
So I drank it. It wasn’t disgusting. It wasn’t coke though. Mental note…stop sending him to the store.
Another example: Bath & body products
I feel like I’m on a budget in this category. I feel safe with Suave. Does it strip my hair? Yes. Does it smell good? Yes. Can I afford it? Yes.
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This is the “I’m not sure how we’re going to put gas in the cars this week” category. Do I need to wash? Yes. Do you consider yourself broke right now? Yes. VO5 is a great choice for this scenario.
Now that you have a basic understanding of my brand name thoughts for budget shampoo/bath soap maybe you’ll understand why I was so confused when my husband brought this home tonight?
Me: “Hey babe! What kind of soap is this?”
Husband: “What soap?”
Me: “The soap you just bought.”
Husband: “I don’t know. It’s soap you wash your hair and body with. Why? What does it say?”
Me: “Where did you get it?”
So basically he’s at the store that has EVERYTHING. Every brand name you can imagine is in front of him. From $0.98 up to however much people who have money spend on soap and this is what he grabbed. Interesting.
Make mental note with a more permanent writing utensil…stop sending him to the store.