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  •  They want you to buy store brands (17+ / 0-)

    even when, in some cases name brands can be cheaper, if you catch the right sale or have the right coupon! Even when I buy junk food I buy sales or I use a coupon to get it as cheaply as possible, and there have been times, many times when store brand is more expensive than name brand when you actually look at the prices.
    Like cheese last week. We got Sargento's cheese instead of store brand. Store brand was 2/$5. Sargento's was on sale for $2 a pack, same sized pack. So I should buy store brand because it LOOKS better for a poor person to buy it?

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    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:09:28 PM PDT

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    •  Obvious answer: Yes, you should buy what (10+ / 0-)

      LOOKS better. Because then someone else's hard earned tax dollars don't go to you getting good, less processed cheese. And that's what is most important, isn't it?

      I buy store brands a lot, on purpose. I happen to like most store brand cereals. I don't know why. But there are some things, you can't substitute unless you absolutely have to. I absolutely cannot eat store brand frozen veggies. They are always freezer burnt, and they don't clean them/prepare them as well, full of stems, etc. It's usually not enough of a difference in price to make that big of a deal.

      I'm so tired of the food police, and I don't even use SNAP (yet)

      I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

      by second gen on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:14:32 PM PDT

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      •  Most of what I buy is store brands (11+ / 0-)

        but there are a few things I won't. Dish soap and laundry soap for one, they never work right and someone in the house always breaks out from them.
        I do by some store brand veggies, but my other half is allergic to lima beans, so I buy whatever mixed frozen veggies does NOT have lima beans in it. Sometimes that means name brand, sometimes it means store brand depending what the store carries and what they have in stock.  But I always check and cross check prices and sales. If I have the money to buy the bigger package that is cheaper per oz then that's what I get. Sometimes I only have $5 and have to go for the actual cheapest. Sometimes I have to go for ease of use, if I'm buying for a night when Caedy won't be home and I'm having a really bad day. I try to keep kid preparable dinners in the freezer for those nights, which usually means hot dogs and fries, or chicken nuggets, or spaghetti rather than cook from scratch foods I would normally do. Less healthy but at least they can eat and aren't stuck with sandwiches.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:22:21 PM PDT

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        •  have you got a microwave? Tonight we had (3+ / 0-)
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          hash browns out of a box, and I threw the box directions in the trash (set a hot pan down on a box and see if you can read it afterward).
          So I soaked them in hot water for 10 minutes then nuked them for 10 minutes then browned them in (half the box directions' amount) of melted butter (not 'spread' or oleomargarine).

          Damned if they didn't taste better than the ones we get when we eat out. Therefore, I have now learnt a new technique, and will buy those hash browns and use them more often. This is a good thing: a box of those will keep longer than fresh potatoes, and doesn't leave me with a ton of open flakes like instant mashed.

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          by BlackSheep1 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:17:09 PM PDT

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          •  they're good for the adults.. (8+ / 0-)

            Neither kid will eat them. They're also a LOT more expensive than potatoes. We go through about a 5 lb bag of potatoes every week or two, I almost never have to throw any out. I cut up my own fries most days, or I dice them and bake them after coating them in herbs, or I make home fries.  As for open flakes of instant mashed. Buy a box of quart zip lock bags and put them in it, or even sandwich sized and portion them out. They keep forever that way without a mess and without drawing bugs. Another option is putting them in a canister or tupperware like you would with flour. Just write the instructions on a piece of paper and tape it fast, or if it's something you keep stocked, write it on with sharpie.

            Also the frozen hash browns come out good if you bake them in the oven, and they are much less greasy that way. No butter required. If you have a really 'sticky' pan you may need to spray it with a light cooking spray.

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:23:16 PM PDT

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          •  butter is best makes food taste like food (8+ / 0-)

            I avoid a lot of other chemicals and processed anything, I just have my one thing.

            And I completely agree, necessities should not be excluded.  One thing about living in Oregon, I could trade in those plastic bottles for nickels and buy TP.  Can't do that in Louisiana.

            And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

            by Mortifyd on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:24:16 PM PDT

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            •  not that much costlier than the oleomargarine (1+ / 0-)
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              if you hold out for the "good for you" varieties. The cheaper oleo is nasty and goes rancid fast, I find.

              LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:18:42 PM PDT

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