When I started using Emeals, I was on the clean eating plan. My husband was not a fan of this approach to eating (we stopped eating clean when I was pregnant) so I switched the meal plan over to Walmart Classic. The great thing about the menu’s shopping list is they search the store for the cheapest ingredients and most of the items were Great Value.
Before I might have considered myself a label snob. I mean nothing tastes better than Philadelphia Cream Cheese right? WRONG. One of the recipes (beef chimichangas)called for the GV and I honestly could not tell a difference. I was a changed woman. Now I was buying GV rice, pasta, veggies and cheese! Suddenly my refrigerator was taken over. Everything was becoming generic and my meals were as tasty as ever. The only major difference was my food spending was going down.
After a month on the Walmart plan I switched to the natural and organic plan. My husband decided he did like the slow cooked beer brats, but wanted to eat healthy again.
Oh, Walmart we had a good run! The problem is, many super healthy natural and organic items aren’t sold in the Great Value brand. I have had to switch to shopping at other stores to find the products, but whenever I can, I do buy generic.
I put most of my products in my Tupperware containers and once it is there, no one knows what brand it is. They just want to eat it! No toddler is deterred by labels alone. If you don’t believe me, check out the label and in most cases, the ingredients are the same.
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Generic also works in other areas too! I cloth diapered my oldest until we moved into a little Japanese home that I couldn’t figure out how to change the washing machine settings (I don’t know how to read kanji). Looking at the price of a box of diapers reminded me why I clothed in the first place. It was so expensive. So I bought the generic brand (Exchange brand for you military folks) and it held poop and pee just fine. Sure I might have felt cheap shopping with my (token) Coach purse with a basket full of generic wipes and diapers, but I was saving money on a need so who really cares. That is what it all boils down to anyway. While I will say, there was one brand of generic wipes that really sucked and were super thin, I switched to another small label and they worked just as well as Huggies
So don’t judge a generic before you try it! You may end up saving a ton of money in the end!