Friday, November 19, 2010

Store Brand vs Name Brand Formula

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It's no surprise when  having a new baby in the house parents are bombarded with 'Should I get the name brand or store brand of an item?' store brand formula and name brand formula is no exception. I want to talk about why store brand formula is cheaper than the name brand. When my babies were young I was a breastfeeding mama. But it didn't mean I didn't apperciate formula every now and than. I would always save those free samples I would get just in case. One thing I did notice about that is all my samples were name brands. Nothing really from a store brand formula. Thus why store brand formula is cheaper than name brand is because they are not as heavily advertised or given away as a sample.  If a store brand formula sample was given it was very rare and usually from a franchise such as Walmart.

But the cool thing about going the store brand formula route is that the savings are passed down to the consumer. As much as $600. That's a lot for any new family or a family that is adding on. And truth be told store brand formula  has the same nutrients as a name brand formula. So why not save where you can in such things like formula? Having a baby is wonderful but the end result is that it can be very expensive and its a good thing to make cuts where you can. Especially if there's no difference in nutrient value.

In these hard economic times one has to make cuts where they can. Especially in programs such as WIC who has had to have some of their funding cut so when they offer packages to families they made it where parents can buy store brand formula. When you think about it it makes the dollar stretch if you go the store brand formula route. WIC only offers that plan to families that went the formula route or did a mix of breastfeeding and formula feeding.

I can hear you now, 'but what about the Similac incident?'  As many are aware this brand was recalled voluntary because of a small beetle found in the mix last month. If you have Similac product in your possession it is advised to call (888)376-2054 to see if your product is affected. Similac products most affected was the powder line and those found in plastic containers in the 8-ounce, 12.4 ounce and 12.9 ounce cans.

In conculsion, I still think breastfeeding is the best way to go. But I am aware that not every family can do that. So I think the 2nd best option is to buy store brand formula. It's cheaper on the pockebook and it has the same nutrients as name brand. So there's nothing to lose in going the store brand formula route.

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Tracy B. said...

Thanks for the info!

Mel said...

Your quite welcome!