I'll give generic brands a try, but if the product is not good, I will never try that particular item again. I often find generic products are just as good or better than name brands. Especially in high cost items such as pharmacy products and cosmetics. If you look at the ingredients in your often used antihistamines, pain relievers, vitamins, etc, you will often find products with the exact same formula and you can save several dollars per purchase by using the generic. Shampoo, cream rinse, creams and cleansers from your cosmetic department are also high cost/big saving products that work equally well as the name brand. But when it comes to taste, it is often a different story. I have found my biggest disappointments have come from canned goods, especially vegetables such as sweet peas, corn, green beans, pork and beans, etc. Often the vegetables are tough and woody and have an "off" flavor. Nothing is a bigger waste, because if you won't eat it, the savings go into the trash. Yogurt is often good across brands, milk, and other dairy products. Ice cream can sometimes turn out better in generic. Fudge bars are pennies on the dollar and of superior quality. Trial and error is the only way I know to find out what you like and what you don't. While you may find some things you never want to try again, it's worth it if you can find a permanent replacement for a higher cost name brand product. Good shopping!