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Stretch Your Dollar: Changing Food Brands

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If the prices of your favorite products are putting a pinch on your wallet, you could save some money by changing the brands you buy. 

Mechel Glass is the Director of Education at CredAbility.

"Frozen vegetables, frozen fruits and even the rices, some of those pastas, those are great deals where it's pretty much the same thing, same ingredients. Look at the labels. For stuff like bleach and vinegar, when the ingredients are the same across the board no matter what the label is, go with the generic because you're going to get a cheaper price with that," said Mechel Glass.

So we put this money saving tip to the test. We went shopping at Kroger, Publix, and Walmart with a shopping list of nine items. We bought the name brand and the store brand of each product, to see how much money we could save.

Here is what we paid:

Kroger:

Name brand products:
Orange Juice: $2.59
Bread: $4.29
Peanut Butter: $3.59
Jelly: $2.49
Spaghetti Sauce: $2.09
Spaghetti Noodles: $0.75
Canned Green Beans: $1.09
Canned Corn: $1.09
Yogurt: $0.70

Store brand products:
Orange Juice: $1.49
Bread: $0.99
Peanut Butter: $1.21
Jelly: $1.31
Spaghetti Sauce: $1.11
Spaghetti Noodles: $1.00
Canned Green Beans: $0.79
Canned Corn: $0.79
Yogurt: $0.40

Publix:

Name Brand Products:
Orange Juice: $3.00
Bread: $4.29
Peanut Butter: $3.89
Jelly: $2.69
Spaghetti Sauce: $2.07
Spaghetti Noodles: $1.23
Canned Green Beans: $1.39
Canned Corn: $1.39
Yogurt: $0.67

Store Brand Products:
Orange Juice: $2.29
Bread: $1.79
Peanut Butter: $3.29
Jelly: $1.89
Spaghetti Sauce: $1.39
Spaghetti Noodles: $0.99
Canned Green Beans: $0.79
Canned Corn: $0.79
Yogurt: $0.50

Walmart:

Name Brand Products:
Orange Juice: $2.98
Bread: $3.28
Peanut Butter: $3.28
Jelly: $2.78
Spaghetti Sauce: $1.88
Spaghetti Noodles: $1.28
Canned Green Beans: $0.98
Canned Corn: $0.98
Yogurt: $2.00*

Store Brand Products:
Orange Juice: $2.12
Bread: $1.50
Peanut Butter: $2.56
Jelly: $2.22
Spaghetti Sauce: $1.33
Spaghetti Noodles: $1.08
Canned Green Beans: $0.68
Canned Corn: $0.68
Yogurt: $1.88*

Total savings on final bill by buying Kroger brand products: $8.75 or 44%.
Total savings on final bill by buying Publix brand products: $7.11 or 33%.
Total savings on final bill by buying Walmart brand products: $5.55* or 28%*.

*At Walmart, they only had four packs of the store brand yogurt. If you account for that and only factor in the price of one yogurt, here is how the prices adjust for Walmart:

Name Brand Yogurt: $0.50 each
Store Brand Yogurt: $0.47 each
Total Savings on final bill: $5.46 or 29%

And here is more food for thought, if you buy these nine items twice a month, the Kroger brand products would save you $227.50 in one year.

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