Chalk this one up to a Frugal Fail! One of my strategies for keeping our spending down is to buy generic when I can’t match a sale with a coupon to get a better deal on a favorite name brand. I’m not terribly brand loyal, so buying generic generally works for me.
Not this time.
I have fallen in love with the ease and effectiveness of Cascade Dishwasher Gel Packs. The price, however? Not a fan, unless I can match a sale with a coupon. When I last ran out, the lower-priced generic beckoned, and I bit. 12 loads of only mostly-clean dishes later, I gladly paid full-price for my beloved Cascade! With the generic brand, I had to double up on packs and still ended up washing a lot of dishes, which cost me both time and money (in extra soap and water.) Frugal fail! (And yes, I am just stubborn enough to use the whole blasted ineffective package.)
And that bar soap you see? Moisturizing bar is moisturizing bar is moisturizing bar, right? Wrong! 2/3 of my 3-pack has been sitting in my linen closet for over a year. (Declutter much?!) I don’t think I even used all of the first bar. Feeling more coated in scum after showering is simply not the goal. Frugal Fail! The Frugal Franny side of me would really like to find a use for the rest of the soap (that doesn’t include my skin) but really? It needs to go in the trash.
Do you buy generic or are you brand loyal? Are there certain items worth buying even at full (much higher) price? Do tell!
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