brand name cleaning supplies (Tide, Pine-Sol, Dawn) are more expensive initially, but because you can use much less product, and it saves money in the long run. be careful how much of something you use. chances are, you’re using too much shampoo, coffee grounds, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc. use less and experiment to see how little of something gets the job done. buying in bulk seems like a bargain, but be aware of the stuff either going bad or getting freezer-burnt before you have the chance to use it all. it’s not a deal if you end up throwing half of it away!