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Generics vs. Name Brands: How to Make the Decision
Shoppers are constantly bombarded with countless ads promoting products from big brands, but what about the brands that sit right next to these items that look just a little different and cost less? 

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Consumer products expert Andrea Woroch breaks down which products you should pay top dollar for and when it’s better to go with a private label.

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Generic: Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication

FDA regulations stipulate that all drugs be as effective as their name brand counterparts, so there will be little difference in the medicines and many are made by the same manufacturer.

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Generic: Sunscreen

As long as the lotion contains, avobenzone, a main component that protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, Woroch advises saving money by avoiding the more costly name-brand lotions that with summery-sounding names and fragrances.

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Generic: Cereal

When looking for your next breakfast cereal, check out the bottom shelf. Cereals that are in bags instead of cartoon-covered boxes are often comparable to the name brands and can be 40% cheaper, according to Woroch.

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Name Brands: Trash bags

Similar to the reasoning for toilet paper, it’s quality over quantity when buying trash bags. Thicker bags can hold more garbage and buying in bulk can help you save money.

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Name Brands: Toilet Paper

While the plush, multiply brands may seem expensive the math often works out in the consumers favor. Using a thinner tissue require you to use more of the product and in the long run you often go through more rolls than you would with a major label. Andrea recommends buying paper products when they are on sale instead of bulk buying at your major retailers.

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Name Brands: Condiments

Summer is the time to stock up on barbecue staples and Woroch says name-brand condiments have more complex and flavorful recipes. Do your research and see what you like best and then stock up when there is a sale.

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Generics vs. Name Brands: How to Make the Decision

Shoppers are constantly bombarded with countless ads promoting products from big brands, but what about the brands that sit right next to these items that look just a little different and cost less? 

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