5 Items you should start buying generic to save tons of money

When it comes to shopping there are certain ways we can save money and may not realize it. While coupons can only spare you a buck or two, have you ever thought about buying generic? Now, I know what you're thinking. The last thing you want to do is buy generic toilet paper because you're a three-ply kind of girl.

Have no fear, you don't have to give up your smooth bottom by switching to generic TP. Instead these are the other interesting items you can buy generic to save money!


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I've been guilty of thinking that a generic item isn't as good as a name brand. This isn't necessarily true, IF you know which things you can get away with buying to spare a few bucks.

If you're curious to find out which items are safe to buy generic then check out our helpful list below!

Cereal: If you're willing to sacrifice your Fruit Loops for Fruity O's then you'll save a good amount of cash. Mobile coupon company Pushpins reveals that you can save almost three dollars simply by switching from your brand cereal name to generic.

Batteries: It turns out you're getting the same quality whether you buy generic or brand name batteries. A test done by Dealnews found that both types of batteries performed and lasted similarly

Infant formula: Every mother might freak out at the thought of this, but generic infant formula is as safe as its counterpart. Thanks to the Infant Formula Act, this product MUST be approved by the FDA before it goes on the shelves.

Over-the-counter medication: It might sound risky buying generic medication, but it turns out it has the same contents as a name brand. Doctors do heed that caution is taken when it comes to taking prescription generic medication.

Gasoline: With gas prices going through the roof, you want to save as much money as you can. In fact buying generic gas works just as well as brand name and can save you as much as 20 cents a gallon.

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