12 Generic Alternatives to Brand Name Products That Don’t Suck

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Don’t let the term “generic” sway your decision to buy any more. Why? Because there are actually a lot of products that are not only easy on the wallet but work wonderfully and taste great too. And we’re sharing our top choices today.

Name brand just doesn’t mean the same anymore. From Target’s “Up and Up” and “Market Pantry” options to Walgreens’ “Nice!” line, there are a lot of popular spots that are offering up more affordable household staples – from the pantry to the laundry closet. Let’s have a look at 12 generic alternatives to name brand products that don’t suck! Not even a little!

12 Generic Alternatives to Brand Name Products That Don’t Suck

Equate Sunscreen

equate sunscreen

  • Online & In-store: Walmart
  • Price: $6.98 for a twin pack

You have to be smart here, but we’ve outsmarted those name brands. When buying sunscreen, make sure you’re hitting a couple of different marks. Firstly, make sure to buy above SPF 15 to prevent sunscreen. Also, make sure the bottle is marked “broad spectrum” to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. This one hits all marks and knocks it out the park.

 

 

Market Pantry Milk

Market Pantry Milk

  • In-store: Target
  • Price: About $1.98 per gallon

Most of the store brand milk is processed at the same plants as name brands. Just go with the generic with this one. A lot of them are quite literally identical to name brands like Darigold or Purity. And you can’t taste the difference!

 

 

Kroger Frosted Toasted Oats with Marshmallows

Frosted Toasted Oats with Marshmallows

  • In-store: Kroger
  • Price: $1.49

If you look really closely you may be able to tell the difference between this one and its Lucky Charms big sister. But, when it comes to taste, it will be hard to notice a true difference. Save yourself a bit with this buy.

 

 

 

Nice! Disinfectant Wipes

Nice! Disinfectant Wipes

  • Online & In-store: Walgreens
  • Price: $6.99 for a twin pack

These will get the job done for a great price. Actually, you’ll be saving around $2 by going with this generic brand while still killing the flu virus around your home. Go easy on the budget this time around and try these out. The bathroom will be cleaned either way!

 

 

Kroger Extra Strength Pain Reliever

Krogers Extra Strength Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer

  • Online & In-store: Kroger
  • Price: $2.48

Medications are already regulated by the FDA and have to follow certain regulations. Grab the name brand that you’re used to taking and then pick up the generic brand – now look at the ingredients. Nine out of ten times you’ll see identical lists of ingredients and you can save a little bundle by going with the store’s option.

Great Value Ice Cream

Great Value Ice Cream

Just try some of the flavors. You may go into this binging session with preconceived notions but if they’re satisfying your sweet tooth in the same ways as Purity or Breyers why not save the nearly $2 that you could be with purchase?

 

Market Pantry Mini Twist Pretzels

Market Pantry Mini Twist Pretzels

  • Online & In-store: Target
  • Price: $1.99

And these will satisfy your salty cravings without missing a beat. It’s hard to mess up pretzels and these are just as crunchy and delicious as our favorite Rold Golds. Grab these for the kid’s snacks or your next game night with friends.

 

 

 

Nice! 100% Pure Honey

Nice! 100% Pure Honey

Real, pure honey can cost a good amount, but at Walgreens, you can get a quality product without splurging too harshly. Baking, in your tea, or drizzled on desserts – the taste is of clear comparison. There’s even a lengthy list of fabulous reviews that provide even further evidence to its great taste along with its accessible price tag.

 

 

Market Pantry Ketchup

Market Pantry Ketchup

  • Online & In-store: Target
  • Price: $0.89

This is the ketchup I buy and there’s virtually no difference in taste – just the color – which is seemingly more natural than the Heinz we all know and love. Do yourself a favor and buy this from now on.

 

 

 

Up & Up Paper Towels

Up & Up Paper Towels

  • Online & In-store: Target
  • Price: $0.99 per roll

These paper towels will get the job done just like other brands we love. If you’re super picky, you can stick with your Bounty or Scott. But, you’ll be saving money and still wiping up your messes at home without any trouble.

 

 

 

Great Value Baking Powder

Great Value Baking Powder Double Acting

  • Online & In-store: WalMart
  • Price: $1.00

Grandma may swear by a certain brand but there’s really no difference in a Clabber Girl versus a Great Value. Save the extra budget to use elsewhere on the grocery list – like with your meats (which you should NEVER go generic with). You’ll get an end result that still tastes great.

 

 

 

Kroger Produce

Kroger Produce - Fruits & Vegetables

  • In-store: Kroger
  • Price: Varies

Kroger produce is usually A+, as in the pre-packaged ones. You don’t have to get Dole to get good-for-you and fresh ingredients for the night’s meal. Instead, this store brand offers up really good looking fruit and veg.