1. Infant Care Products
Taking care of a baby is already challenging, so you definitely don’t want anything that makes your life even more difficult. Do your baby (and yourself) a favor by choosing baby product brands that have good, established reputations and are sure to get the job done right. Generic diapers especially fall flat when compared to their higher-priced counterparts. Babies find them uncomfortable and they are known to cause rashes.
2. Household Paint
While some options are better than others, most generic household paints are watered down and fail to cover darker colors. However, well-established brands like Sherwin Williams can easily hide even the brightest colors with just a few coats. Though generic paints may be less expensive, in the end, you will end up needing more paint -- and more work on your part -- to get the job done.
3. Paper Goods
When it comes to cleaning up a mess, you want a paper towel that is absorbent and doesn’t fall apart immediately. This is true for toilet paper as well. Buying cheap paper products results in using more and therefore spending more money to complete the same jobs higher quality products could have easily handled. Skip the hassle and choose brands you know you can trust -- even if they’re more expensive.
Batteries are no fun to replace no matter what they’re powering. No one wants to have to search for batteries just to turn down the television volume, or deal with a heartbroken child when their favorite toy stops working. Purchasing name brand batteries may be more expensive but name brand, especially Energizer, out-performs most other batteries in both high and low drain scenarios.
Sometimes buying off-brand electronics seems like a great deal, but what happens when it breaks? These companies likely won’t offer very good customer service, which can make repairing the item more trouble than it’s worth. Additionally, finding parts for generic electronics can be rather difficult since they aren’t as common. Keep this in mind next time you are looking to buy a new television, computer, cell phone, and more.
6. Trash Bags
When it comes to a stinky trash can, you want something that will both effectively contain the smell, as well as reliably be able to make it to the dumpster or bin outside in one piece. Nothing is worse than trying to pick up on the drawstrings of a trash bag, only to have the contents spill all over your floor. Choose sturdy, name brand trash bags to avoid this headache.
7. Sports and Winter Clothing
While you can get away with buying cheap clothing in some circumstances, sports and winter clothing should always be purchased from more established brands. Sports gear in particular experiences high wear, so even if you spend more upfront, you will ultimately get more use out of the item -- making the cost-per-use lower than with poorer quality items. One of the reasons for this is that name brand clothing comes with brand recognition and as a result, these brands work harder to provide quality products.
We’ve all been tempted to purchase a pair of shoes from Walmart, but unfortunately, we soon learn that that unbelievably low price tag really was too good to be true -- don’t be surprised to find the shoes tearing up after only a few months of light wear and causing damage to your feet. Cheaper shoes use significantly lower quality materials, which is what can lead to problems like the rubber sole separating from the base of the shoe. When it comes to shoes, consider splurging for more expensive brands because they are much more equipped to stand the test of time.
Places like Walmart and Target sell discounted jewelry, but is it worth it? Well, let’s put it this way: there’s a reason that it isn’t locked up. When you buy jewelry at Walmart and Target, you’re not only buying something cheap, but also potentially deadly when worn long-term. While cheap jewelry can easily get the job done to complete a Halloween costume, you probably shouldn’t rely on it to last very long with everyday wear.
10. Certain Grocery Items
I’m not saying that all groceries should be name brand. That would cost far too much. However, do try to limit yourself to buying only certain store-brand grocery items. For items like soda, beer, spaghetti sauce, diet foods, ketchup, and butter, you’re better off sticking with the name brand products if you want the best quality. Your taste buds will love you.