Saturday, September 19, 2009

Generally Speaking.

Since I am the primary grocery-shopper in our family, I do what I can to get the most bang for my buck. I've gotten better about clipping coupons and, most importantly, choosing the generic stuff over the pricey brands. 

I've been pleasantly surprised, actually, with most of the generic stuff I've purchased. From frozen waffles to cream soups to wheat pasta, I haven't found much of a difference in quality at all.

However, there are just a few things that can't give up. A few brands that I hold near and dear to my heart and no matter how much I try to go cheaper or generic, I just can't part with them. I just can't. I've tried.

This category includes Viva paper towels, Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Mrs. Renfro's salsa (garlic is my personal favorite). I've tried buying the cheaper paper towels. BUT I JUST CAN'T STICK WITH IT. Viva paper towels are so ... so ... soft and cloth-like. Why compromise? And the olive oil? I can't part with my Bertolli (perhaps it is the way I roll the "r" that makes it so appealing to me). And the salsa ... well, I've tried going with a generic or with Pace, but I just can't wave goodbye to Mrs. Renfro. 

So. What about you? When you make your menu for the week and hash out the ingredients, what are the things that you know you won't be able to compromise on? 

Have a lovely weekend, friends!


  1. Country Time lemonade mix, Yoplait yogurt, my pre-popped organic popcorn, name a few.

  2. diet dr. pepper, rice krispie treats, baked doritos.

  3. Land o' Lakes butter or Hiland if it's a lot cheaper; Carapelli Olive Oil, C&H Pure Cane Sugar; Pillsbury Gold Medal Flour; Diet Coke with Lime; Diet Dr. Pepper; Ghiradelli or Nestle's chocolate chips; Borden Viva 2% milk or Braum's 2% milk if I can make myself go into the filthy Owasso store to buy it; Kraft Mac & Cheese - wow, that's a lot of brand snobbery!

  4. Oh, I hear ya on the viva towels! I've got some bounty right now and I'm not a huge fan.

  5. Plugra butter, Fage greek yogurt, Yogi tea, Maranatha organic no-stir peanut butter, and Ghiradelli chocolate chips! And now excuse me while I go get a snack...

  6. I, too, love Mrs. Renfro's salsa. Have you tried the salsa verde flavor? To die for. Also making my list of brands: Simply Orange Orange Juice with Mango, Hiland Milk (no growth hormones=good) or Horizon Organic if I can splurge. Preston is the brand snob in our house. Between special diet dog food and fancy medications, he is quite high maintenance, but well worth it.