Tara Kamiya


Everyone wants to save money. It’s often suggested that you buy off brand or bargain products to lower costs, but buying a subpar product will not necessarily translate into savings. Here are 5 products you should always buy the brand:

1. Clorox

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What do you want to bleach away? Girl! These dingy clothes. I have been using bleach for years. No other product whitens like Clorox. I thought buying a bargain brand would save me money, but when the clothes had to be washed twice to achieve the same results as Clorox it cost me more. Running the machine twice, using double the water and the time involved. Clorox girl, Clorox! In addition to the stellar whitening performance, I have noticed that Clorox does not leave a residue behind after washing. I can hang the clothes on the line (as we do here in Japan) or put them in the clothes dryer. Excellent results. I will not buy any other bleach.

2. Pampers

photo courtesy of www.pampers.com

You know product quality is solid when you use the brand name to describe all products available in that category. When is the last time you heard someone use the word diaper? No, it’s pampers for a reason! They fit well and they don’t leak. The absorbency cannot be matched! I have three kids, ask about me! In addition to that, they have a points reward program. I have redeemed my points once in America and once in Japan; the kids were extremely pleased with their gifts both times.

3. Crayola

photo courtesy of www.crayola.com

Adult coloring books are a big thing right now but even before it became popular, I used to color. Yes, a grown woman buying crayons. The quality is excellent! Smooth color payoff without waxy residue. You can even find handmade crafters recycling broken Crayola crayons to make new crayons. The pigment is that good. If that is not a testament to the quality of this product, I don’t know what is. When Crayola launched their skin tone crayons, I lost it! What a fabulous idea. This should be a standard classroom product. Diversity…they got that!

Ok, let’s take an intermission. Who am I? What qualifies me to blog this blog that I’m blogging? Well, I am a 39 year old consumer and a fairly new mom. I have not always been on the cash abundance side, so I know a thing or two about saving money. My mom raised four of us as a single mom and she continued to purchase these brands when cash was a bit low. Even living abroad I have hunted these brands down. My advice here is solid folks! OK, let’s continue…

4. Brillo

photo courtesy of www.brillo.com

A scouring pad impregnated with soap (as described on Wikipedia). What more do you need? I remember using a brillo scouring pad for what seemed like an endless line up of dirty pots. When the soap finally did run out days later, I put some dishwashing liquid on that bad boy and kept using it. Sometimes when there is no more soap in the pad I like to use it to clean the oven. One box will last you for months and for the cost of one box, you cannot beat it! Excellent product, and it’s made in the U.S.

5. Vaseline

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Last on this list, but not least. Vaseline came back hard a few years ago, remember the bling packaging? I wanted to win one of those for real! The product definitely deserves applause. How is petroleum jelly not greasy? I have no idea, but when you buy that $1.00 or ¥1.00 jar from a bargain retailer you can feel the difference right away. The quality of vaseline cannot be matched. Then there are the possible uses! There are so many hacks for vaseline, there could be a blog for that alone. A big jar at home and a mini for the purse or vanity table. The heaters that everyone uses to heat their homes dries the skin out severely in Japan, I have reached for this quite a few times. Any other petroleum product I have purchased in the past went straight in the trash after a few uses. No match!

There’s a reason why some of these brands have been around for one hundred years! These are my non negotiable brands that I use.

Please share your non negotiable brands with me, I am always on the lookout for that next lifetime product.

Be Well,

Tara Kamiya

9 thoughts on “5 Products you should always buy the brand

  1. Even my Japanese mother in law recommended Pampers over any other brands for the baby on the way! Guess I know what to stock up on.

    Does Clorox help remove old stains…? I realized this morning I have a few drops of what I’m guessing by the color is gyoza sauce on my favorite shift. I love this thing, I need to find a way to save it lol.

  2. Congratulations!

    Yes, Clorox can remove old stains. If you think the shirt is a decent quality cotton or cotton blend with more than 50% cotton soak the stained area in bleach for a few hours and wash it as normal. If the cotton content is not high enough it will turn yellow, so take care with that. Also, take a look on their website for more resources. They have so many new products now that I would love to get my hands on. Perhaps there is something you can find where you are that works even better than the original formula.
    Thanks for reading!
    Be Well
    -Tara K.

  3. Yes! I totally agree. As a mom, I find Clorox is the best product. I have tried other diaper brands and ended up sticking with Pampers. It was the best option in terms of preventing leaks and I loved the line that changed color as my toddler’s diaper became full. We also use Crayola crayons which I have had to wipe off the walls. Great blog post!

  4. So true – especially about Crayola! Any time I try to buy the less expensive crayons they’re never quite the same. Great tips and suggestions here.

  5. Years ago I preferred Huggies over Pampers but I do agree you should always buy name brand diapers. I don’t use many of the cleaning products mentioned as I make my own but when I do buy them I always go for the name brands you mentioned. I have tried off brands and they do not perform as well. Great blog post!

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