5 Grocery Store Items You CAN’T Cheap Out On

I know what it’s like to try to save money, trust me, I’m a college student. And if you are planning your weekly trip to the grocery store, you know you can get the off-brand of items on your shopping list and save a little money. But there are some things you just can’t skimp out on. Yes, go ahead and get the Walmart brand of water, but spend the extra money on these items:

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1.) Cheese. Don’t do it. Yes, I know Velveeta cheese is almost $4.00 and the store brand is less than $2.00, but you are going to taste it. When you make a grilled cheese, you deserve that gooey melt-in-your-mouth taste that only high quality cheese can give you. Also, low grade cheese has a tendency to taste like it’s gone bad and that can ruin your whole meal.

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2.) Toilet Paper. Why shouldn’t you buy cheap toilet paper? Think about how terrible the toilet paper at school is. Or at fast food restaurants. Your booty deserves more love than that when it comes home. Not only will it make you feel better, it is also going to to clean you better. It’s pretty hard to clean when the toilet paper is so flimsy it falls apart as you unravel it from the roll. Buy that 3 ply. Treat yo-self!

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3.) Makeup. Do not buy cheap makeup. Especially if you are wearing it every day. You can get away with buying knockoff eyeliner and mascara, but when it comes to things like primer, foundation, blush, and bronzer, spend the extra money and get the good stuff. If you buy them cheap, it is going to break out your skin and also look unnatural.

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4.) Dishwasher detergent. You don’t have to buy the most expensive kind, but make sure you get a reliable brand. And from experience, I strongly suggest you don’t use the dishwasher pods. A lot of times, they don’t dissolve completely or leave a soapy residue on your dishes. You don’t want to have to wash your dishes twice, so make sure you get something good that is going to clean them the first time.

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5.) Shampoo & Conditioner. Nobody likes hay-textured hair. And that’s normally what your hair feels like after a wash with dollar store shampoo and conditioner. Depending upon your hair type, you need specialty shampoo that was created to nourish the type of hair you have. Whether you need volume, more bounce to curls, color protection, or anything else, you should be spending a few extra dollars a month on shampoo designed to nourish your hair.


The best thing about all of these things? They’re mostly monthly staples. It’s not like you’re having to buy them every day. So put back a couple extra bucks each month and splurge on these items, you’ll be glad you did!


Taylor Ledbetter

Author: Taylor Ledbetter

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