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Name Brand vs. Store Brand: Putting them to the Test

Name Brand vs. Store Brand - Peanut Butter

We tried 6 brands of Peanut butter this past week:

Great Value - $1.50

Kroger - 1.97

Western Family - $ 1.99

Skippy - $2.68

Peter Pan - had in storage and forgot to check regular price

Jif - 2.74

I didn't pay these prices for all of the peanut butter above.  I buy them on sale and don't pay more than a dollar for a jar.  I had 3 different ones in my pantry.  I found the prices for two of them when I did my weekly grocery shopping, but the store I went to didn't carry the Peter Pan. 

Everyone liked Jif the best.  Western Family and Kroger were split between second and third.  Skippy was 4th, Walmart 5th and Peter Pan 6th.  Some of the comments were as follows: 

Slightly burned flavor for Great Value, Kroger was saltier than the others, Skippy has less peanut flavor, Peter Pan has less flavor and a bad after taste.  Jif was the creamiest and tasted the best.  I don't know if you can see the picture very well, but the Peter Pan brand was greasier looking than the others. I almost went and bought several Peter Pan peanut butters today on sale for 99 cents, and I am glad we did this test before I did! 

Recommendations:  I personally wouldn't pay more than $1 for a jar of peanut butter.  When it goes on sale, buy as much as you would regularly use by the expiration date or until it goes on sale again.  You can match store brand for store brand at Walmart so even if it Walmart brand doesn't go on sale, you can match it to get it on sale.  My husband and son eat peanut butter in our household, and they would prefer to have me pay a little extra for Jif.  They are willing to eat the top 4 brands though. 


If you are busy or don't want to shop sales, Walmart Great Value peanut butter is the cheapest at the regular price.  


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