That old Taryton ad’s not been seen in like, forever, but their motto’s embedded in my “gray matter.” I was reminded of that tag just this morning, hearing another shopper remark to her companion, “I miss not having to shop for generics.”
Now, I depend on DH for so many things … particularly his shopping savvy. While I’d flunk “The Price is Right” in the first 5 minutes, he actually enjoys the shopping experience. Wise to weekly specials and cost comparisons, he’s probably saved us umpteen dollars over the years.
And slowly but surely, I’m making a real effort to catch on. I sure don’t want to be confused with the creature (whom I’m embarrassed to admit is a relative) who wrote on her Christmas card, “We’ve decided not to participate in the recession this year.” Unbelievable.
Here's a ‘for instance’ I can personally vouch for: My mother’s old recipe for an all-in-one bathroom cleaner that's totally replaced several “mainstream” brands in our household: 1 part water, 1 part vinegar, 1 part ammonia (in a spray bottle): Put-it-all-together-and-shake-it-all-about.
Back to generics. While I applaud their efforts, more than a few are just plain sorry. In the manner of MC Hammer’s, "You Can’t Touch This!" … a few of my own “keepers” include: Best (aka Hellman’s) Mayonaisse, Dasani, Bounty, Charmin, Palmolive ...etc., ad nauseum.
So, have you had any real success with generic or "off" brands? I promise not to tell the folks on Madison Avenue!