One day last year, as I randomly surfed Instagram, I found an ad for a new site called Brandless™. (affiliate link)
I had been burned by an essential oil company (more on that later) for a sample product and really wasn’t looking to test a new company. But something about Brandless resonated.
I love Amazon, but the prices are higher than previous years, with Prime shipping taking much longer than it should and price fluctuations worse than my local Wal-Mart stores.
Living in the Midwest, I don’t have a lot of options for gluten-free and dairy-free products. And it is a true blessing if I find a product with no yeast of any kind (yeast is my worst allergy). Some of the places that do carry these products are so expensive, I have to do some serious shuffling to fit them into our debt snowball budget.
Brandless™ seemed like a great solution. After a talk with the hubby, we decided to give it a try.
And we are so glad we did! Brandless™ offers gluten-free options for me and sugar-free options for him. The products are quality and taste AMAZING.
What is Brandless™
The site offers products that are not branded. The idea is that you save money when you buy unbranded items by avoiding the “brand tax”.
As with shopping on any site, you need to consider the items you are buying and the cost per unit. Is it really cheaper than what you buy now? I shop a LOT at Aldi, so I get products for a terrific price. But I don’t always get the selection of gluten-free products I want. Brandless™ offers some products I buy now in organic and non-GMO, as well as products I don’t have access to through my local stores.
For myself, some products seemed higher per unit compared to other products I buy at various stores and sites. However, the products I looked at on Brandless™ were non-GMO and certified organic – and the products I was buying were not. When comparing apples to apples, Brandless™ knocked out the competition on several product prices.
5 Reasons I Love Brandless™
Everything at Brandless™ is $3 or less. Some products – like the gluten-free pancake mix (you MUST try this!) are 2 for $3, while some canned goods are 3 for $3. You can easily budget for what you need on this site. Brandless™ sorts products into categories, and into bundles.
In addition to food, Brandless™ offers products in health and beauty, office supplies, personal care and household. There are environmentally-friendly cleaners offered on the site – which I haven’t yet tried. The company also offers pre-arranged bundles – a terrific way to test products from a certain category. For example, gluten-free shoppers can simply click a button to try 10 products for $27.
The site also offers many products that are certified organic, non-GMO, no preservatives and tree-free.
If you are like me and have multiple food allergies, you can review all product ingredients under Ingredients and Nutrition .
For free shipping, customer need to spend $39 or more. My husband and I usually spend more, since we don’t order each month – only when we have the extra money for the items we need. You can also pay $36 for an annual membership for free shipping all the time – which is much more affordable than Amazon. We do not plan to buy a membership, since another annual bill does not fit with our debt snowball plan and we can still get free shipping with larger orders.
I do most of my shopping on my phone. The internet is so much faster (it would be nice if rural communities were not ignored for high speed, but I digress…) and I can easily find everything on the mobile-responsive site. If you scroll to the bottom of the homepage on a mobile device, you will find a category for gluten-free products. I click on that and start building my next order.
The mobile site includes a plus (+) button, so you see a product you want, you click the plus button to add to the cart – you do not have to go to the individual product page. This makes shopping much faster.
For every purchase, Brandless™ donates a meal to Feeding America. I believe no person in America should ever go hungry, so this is a great bonus to ordering.
Brandless™ is a terrific site for people with food allergies, who limit sugar and want certified organic and non-GMO foods. Deliver is fast and the products are quality. We plan to continue ordering from this site.
Have you tried Brandless™? What did you think?1