Free Money Finance wrote today about Americans finally “getting a clue” that store brands are generally as good as name brands, and a lot cheaper to boot. The example given was of a woman who bought the CVS brand of facial scrub instead of the name brand, and was pleasantly surprised that she couldn’t tell the difference.
Now I know those of you who also play The Drugstore Game are probably laughing, just like I was. Because what the woman doesn’t realize is that she could be getting the name brand version for free. Especially since she’s shopping at CVS, where a combination of coupons and ECBs gets me almost all of my toiletries for free. In fact, the only toiletry I haven’t been able to find for free in the last three months is Dove body wash (my preferred shower soap because I know it won’t irritate my pemphigoid gestationis-afflicted skin). And even then I paid at most $3 for two bottles at Rite Aid after the sale price and coupons.
I certainly have nothing against store brands, and there are many store brand items throughout my house. And other than toilet paper and paper towels, I think I’ve found every generic item I’ve tried to be acceptable, at least for the price.
But just because something is generic does not mean it’s the cheapest. This is especially true if you play The Drugstore Game. If your goal is to save money and spend less, then you should always make the most of the resources available to you, including coupons, sales, store rewards programs, and your calculator. (Why do you need your calculator? For your price book.)
What’s the best or favorite thing that you’ve gotten for free in The Drugstore Game?