5 Store Brand Items That Are The Same As Name Brand

If you’re looking for simple ways to save some money on your next grocery run, you don’t have to spend hours clipping coupons and scouring sales. Saving is as simple as reaching for the store-brand label instead of the name brand. Here are five key items where you shouldn’t worry about the label. 

1. Over-the-counter medications

Next time you have a headache, heartburn, or an allergy flare-up, reach for the store brand. Even with coupons, over-the-counter medications are expensive. There’s a reason that grocers and pharmacies place their brand right next to the name brands—they contain the same active ingredients and are required to meet the same safety and efficacy standards as name brands.

2. Aluminum foil

This kitchen staple helps keep your food from sticking to pans and helps keep leftovers fresh—right before you throw it away. There isn’t much room for deviation between name brands of aluminum foil and store brands. In fact, name brand Reynolds Wrap manufactures many store brands of aluminum foil. 

3. Makeup

If you’re a beauty guru, you probably have some brands you love for their long wear and rich pigments. Even if you shop sales online, a single designer lipstick could set you back majorly. Did you know that many drug store beauty products are manufactured in the same factories as the expensive designer brands? This is especially true of mascara and lip color—before splurging, see if you can find a reliable drug store ‘dupe.’

4. Herbs & Spices

Most herbs and spices in the store-brand bottles and shakers are identical to the name-brand ones. After all, they contain one ingredient and will be mixed into your favorite recipes, so any slight variation of quality won’t be noticeable. This is especially true of staples that get used in larger volumes, like salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Saving on these basics will let you splurge on higher-quality ingredients elsewhere, like that imported vanilla and fancy truffle oil you've been eyeing. 

5. Milk & Cream

Whether you prefer nonfat, whole milk, or something in-between, all milk comes from cows. Store brands have the same quality standards as name-brand dairies—and in many cases, their milk comes from the same farms and the same cows. Even if you prefer organic milk, many store brands are expanding their organic options to meet consumer demands at a price point slightly lower than premium organic dairies.