This is an interesting topic! It's fascinating to hear about peoples' non-negotiables!
For me, certain spice/seasoning blends are irreplaceable. A current (somewhat pricey) favorite of mine is This Little Goat brand seasonings. I also have 4 different brands of lemon pepper that I love and use regularly and I would not be interested in ANY other currently existing brands, even if free.
The only brands of bone broth I will use are Pacific Foods (if on sale) or Full Circle. Other brands have either way too much sodium or taste excessively bitter.
I used to have a favorite cereal - Mother's Peanut Butter Bumpers, but I can't find it anywhere anymore. It was organic, so very pricey and never had coupons, but nothing else compared.
I only like Musselman's brand applesauce, unsweetened.
Also, only Scott 1000 toilet paper for me; I CAN'T STAND the cushy stuff lol
I have 3 different eye drops that I use: Bausch & Lomb Soothe XP, Blink gel tears, and Systane Complete. I have a stock up price for each and buy in bulk when it's on sale. I will TRY other expensive brands (no cheap Visine crap) if I can get them close to free (Refresh offered $10 off coupons last summer because of Covid, so I bought a few different types to try), but the 3x I mentioned are my go-to drops.
Those are the main things that come to mind
@Zombie Systane Complete is good. I was buying Target brand tears to save money, but switched back to brand after repeated quality issues.
This week all eye care is 15% off with Target Circle. Systane is on my list. Combined with the $8 mfg coupon and RedCard discount, a 2pk will be less than $11.
@Zombie The $8 coupon is from a Sunday paper insert. Not sure which one without some digging. I remember being excited about getting Alcon coupons, but they were missing from my inserts that week. Then last week a friend who lives in the next town gave me a bag full of coupon inserts and there they were, along with others. I was thrilled.
It’s for $8 off a 2pk, and there is another for $3 off a single pack. They expire in August and September.
@Nique NICE! I wish I had a couple of those coupons. With an $8 coupon, I'd be able to get a 2ct pack of Systane Complete next week for $5.49 at Walgreens with my employee discount. (And that's if it DOESN'T go on sale next week; if Systane happens to be BOGO50 next week, with 2x $8 coupons, I'd be able to get 2x 2ct packs for $2.74 TOTAL.)
Currently I have a $6 digital coupon and could get a 2ct pack for $8.38, which I'm somewhat considering... I'll have to check my stash of eye drops