I committed a cardinal sin. I bought a generic razor. The funny thing is, I know better. I was just sick of spending so much money on razors that I just figured I’d buy a bunch of cheap disposable razors instead of three name brand blades. The numerous cuts on my legs will tell you that was a big mistake.
Most of us savvy shoppers have rules on which products are acceptable as generics and which aren’t. We all learn from our generic mistakes!
So, I’ve compiled a list of items from friends and the internet that people agree are approved generics and unapproved generics.
photo from santabarbara.comOK to buy as generic:
NOT OK to buy as generic (Popular name brand is listed):
People should spend the money on the items that are important to them. If you can’t live without your morning coffee and Starbucks home brew is your favorite, by all means, splurge on the name brand coffee. But if you have no preference in cereals or breads, for example, buy the generic. It may take some time and experimentation to find what is acceptable to you as a generic and what isn’t. However, there are just some times you won’t want to risk using the generic (like with condoms, diapers, or feminine hygiene products), which is completely okay! The main idea is that you just want to avoid buying something generic that will cause problems later on (motor oil, shoes, or especially condoms).
Let me know in the comments if there are any items that I may have missed, or you think are in the wrong lists. I’d love to hear from you!