Generic means something that has no brand but the ingredients, material or item is the same as the branded, which means they are made and sold under a well know name like Chanel, Givenchy and more. But if you want to save the generic or unbranded items are as good as the branded.
Like in medicine you buy the Tempra, Advil and other branded which cost a little more than buying a medicine that is just named paracetamol. They are both fever reducers and also a pain reliever. I buy a generic medicine for my DVT (deep vein thrombosis) which cost only 25 pesos but if I buy the branded it cost 32-42 pesos. I save a lot, especially if I have to take them 1-2times a day for life.
Cleanser, toilet paper, dish washing soap comes in different brands but the generic brand of SM Bonus is much cheaper and they serve the same purpose. Even bags come in class A, AA or they call copies. Looks and feels like the originals but way cheaper. I am not ashamed to say I have a few Class AA which they say is the nearest to original and even Class A. At least when I am using them I won’t feel t bad if they get stained or worse get snatched 😆
Even in cooking using non branded ingredients is as good as the branded ones, much cheaper and sometimes it even tastes better. It is in the mixing and the taste and the reason why you are cooking it, because if it is meant to be a gift then you decide on the ingredients but if you are charging someone and they are paying for it, then you can charge the expensive ingredients.
But there are a few things when generic isn’t good. Like if there is a certain medicine, lotion or ingredient that must be of a certain brand, then we can’t divert.
So before buying anything in generic form always read the ingredients and if any kind of medicine always ask your doctor. And always buy just a small amount to know if it is compatible especially in cooking. 😛
Just another tip from a mother who always looks for any way to save money.