Grocery Stores And The Empty Store Shelves

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Have you checked out the grocery stores and the empty store shelves lately? If you’ve been getting drive-up or pickup you may have missed a few things. It seems it’s getting harder and harder to purchase some of the items we all need or want. You remember the toilet paper shortage, the Clorox wipes, and the hand sanitizer, right?

Well, hand sanitizer is overflowing on shelves now and toilet paper is easier to pick up these days. I can get Lysol wipes and spray but I prefer the Clorox wipes a little more. Anyway, I’m grateful for what I can get these days.

Grocery Stores And The Empty Store Shelves

I decided to go take a few pictures of some grocery store shelves to share with you. Some days the shelves are worse. This was not a drastic day but look really close and you can see some items pulled forward so the shelves seem a little less empty.

Ramen Noodles

I was happy to see the Oreo’s totally stocked, I didn’t buy any, but I was tempted. LOL! Some families depend on ramen type noodles, so thankfully, these shelves were not totally empty. But there were slim pickings for the various offerings.

Dried Noodles on Shelves

Canned Soups

The area where soups were stocked was a little more full on some shelves and less on others. The cans were pulled forward so it appeared the shelves had more inventory than they really did. Look closely on the bottom row on the left, it is a single row of soups.

Canned Beans On Shelves

Ketchup and Condiments

Thank goodness for ketchup, I need it for making my own barbecue sauce and I spread it on hamburgers as well. The shelves were not empty but some rows were only one row deep.

Whew! I need my ketchup. No, I don’t want to make my own ketchup, I did it once.

I like stocking it though! It’s almost embarrassing how much ketchup I put on my hash browns, just saying!

Jar of Ketchup on Grocery Shelves

Mayo and Miracle Whip

Now that the kids have moved out on their own, I tend to buy smaller containers of mayo and Miracle Whip. I’m really having a hard time getting Real Mayo (not the “Light” kind) in the small jars. I caved and bought some “Light,” and for me it’s hard to gag down. I sure hope they get some Real Mayo back in stock.

Mayonnaise on Shelves

Salsa

Salsa is one of my all-time favorite condiments. I swear, I have to have some Spanish/Mexican genes because I could eat salsa on just about anything. The jars were a little sparse, but acceptable, for those needing to stock up on their favorite salsa jars.

Salsa on Grocery Shelf

Canned Meat

My granddaughter went with me and we had to walk over to see what these two shelves were missing. These shelves usually have SPAM! No SPAM at this store, I grew up on SPAM. I never fed it to my kids, but people buy lots of it here in Southern Utah!

I forgot that SPAM was even an item available anymore. My mom fried it and made SPAM fried rice with it. Hopefully, the shelves will be replenished soon.

They had plenty of tuna and canned chicken, so life is good for sandwiches or casseroles, so that’s awesome!

SPAM is missing on the Shelves

Canned Beans

The dry beans were a little scarce but the canned beans on the shelves are a concern for me. Yes, I buy dry beans, but I still love a case or two of my favorite ready to eat canned beans. I remember writing a post on Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store.

Several people have mentioned lately that they only buy fresh or frozen vegetables, not the canned version.

I get it, but we need to stock cans of food we will eat. It could be beans, olives, tomato pastes, green chilies, salsa, or canned soups. I cook from scratch, but I still need my pantry stocked.

Please stock up my friends, we must. It can be home-canned food or store-bought food, just do it.

Beans Pretty Scarce On Shelves

Pasta and Spaghetti Sauce

The pasta aisle seemed better stocked today than the last time I visited the grocery stores. They seemed to be limited when it came to spaghetti sauce choices. I love making spaghetti sauce from scratch, but I love having 8-10 cans of ready to heat jars of spaghetti sauce.

My favorite pot for making pasta, 6-Quart Soup Pot.

Pasta ans Spaghetti Sauce

Canned Vegetables

You can see there are very few choices for canned vegetables, but hopefully enough for one or two cans of your favorite ones.

Green Beans a little Scarce

Peanut Butter

We specifically walked down the peanut butter aisle. The jams and jellies were fully stocked, but the peanut butter shelves were not as full. Here again, I only buy the small jars of peanut butter now, the 16-ounce size is just right for the two of us.

Mark and I will fix peanut butter and jelly sandwiches sometimes for dinner. When you make them on homemade whole wheat bread they are yummy!

I prefer jam, but jelly sounds like P & J sandwiches, right? I highly recommend stocking up on peanut butter right now if you enjoy eating it on sandwiches, etc. Check the dates, peanut butter can go rancid over time, so be careful with how much you stock.

Peanut Butter Aisle

Flour and Bisquick

As I walked down the baking aisle, I totally spaced looking for the yeast! The shelves were pretty full with different flours, but sugar was in short supply. I saw plenty of baking soda and baking powder. If you need a good recipe for biscuits here is mine: Easy Homemade Biscuit Recipe

Grocery Stores And The Empty Store Shelves

Thanks for joining me today to talk about the grocery stores and their empty shelves. We know with all the storms in the Midwest that have been happening the crops are being destroyed. Plus, those fruits and vegetables that were ready to pick, the farmers in some cases had no one to gather the bounty.

Final Word

This is why we prep because we never know when food will be scarce. There are times we may have health issues and be unable to work so having food stocked is critical.

I can still remember a young mother emailing me and telling me that the city she lived in had an ice storm and the roads were not passable so she was unable to drive to any store. I had the same experience when I was in high school and living with my aunt and uncle in the Chicago area. It was scary!

As preppers are not hoarders, we are families who realize we must be prepared for whatever comes our way. I can’t imagine having to tell my children the cupboards are empty. “I’m sorry, I didn’t plan ahead.” You don’t want to be one of those panic buying families, trust me on that.

Please grab an extra bag of rice or beans or a can of green beans every week. God will provide for those people who take care of themselves. Please keep prepping, we must. May God bless this world, Linda

90 thoughts on “Grocery Stores And The Empty Store Shelves

  • August 25, 2020 at 5:30 am
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    Bug Spray
    Went to get my mom some Home Defense Spray and yeah none anywhere. I can order it but all they had was Raid brand on the shelf. I’ve no idea why

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    • August 25, 2020 at 7:22 am
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      Hi Matt, yikes!! I better go check that out, thanks for the heads up! Linda

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      • August 25, 2020 at 9:30 am
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        The pictures look a lot like our store’s shelves. We ordered some air tight containers to put our opened food stuff in. We’ve been having a horrible infestation of moths. We’ve put out traps, but we’re still getting them. We find the eggs and such in packaging, so we put our cereal and such as that in the containers. I did put some flour in one, and will put sugar in another one. We have our cereal in them also. I eat one kind and hubby eats a different kind. OK 2 different kinds in the same bowl. His doesn’t have as much sugar as mine. He’s diabetic. I do have half gallon jars as canisters, but they won’t hold a full bag of flour or sugar or such as that. I do have some gallon jars that my MIL gave me from pickles and such. I use them as well. I do put bay leaves in my rice, flour and other things that weevils like. I also place them in my pantry to deter them.

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        • August 25, 2020 at 1:27 pm
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          Hi Deborah, oh my gosh, I have helped two friends get rid of them. Let me grab a link for you. They may have traveled to your cupboard hinges, they are terrible!!! Please read this post and the comments. It will take time but you can get rid of them. They “hide” everywhere. https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/pantry-moths/ Oh, I hope you find where they are spreading. I found the culprit in one house, it was a can of bread crumbs. I can NEVER buy that brand, all I see are pantry moths! Good luck, my friend, Linda

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          • September 4, 2020 at 8:12 pm
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            Hi Linda,
            I think someone already mentioned moths. I was going to do the same…I don’t have that problem with food I’ve already stored…just the new food I’ve bought to top off the food we’ve eaten since this begun. I am freezing staples in bags for a few days then letting them come to room temp in the bags before removing them. That’s the only way I know to kill them, but I was shocked to find a moth fly out of a box of stove top stuffing…it wasn’t in the bag but in the box, so maybe the food was okay. I had a moth in something else too. That aside, I really like having the pix to see the shelves. They are similar here, but they don’t keep the shelves that neat here. One thing I noticed at the Mexican fruit/veggie stand. They have them all over central FL. Anyway, they are doing the same thing by filling up the bins with whatever they have. I went to one and found a few different fruits and veggies, but the majority of the bins were filled with ONIONS. It’s what they had a lot of. It’s one thing when a store owner fills shelves one deep, but when it’s onions in a fruit stand, it’s quite noticeable that they are low on stock.

          • September 5, 2020 at 11:20 am
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            Hi Debbie, life changes every day at the grocery stores, the shelves get thinner and shorter. We all know there is a food shortage, just different foods at different times. The pantry moths are a pain! Check all your cupboard door hinges, they hide in those. Bleach the shelves and buy moth traps, etc. They are such a nuisance, Linda

    • September 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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      I’m in Texas and I’ve been noticing the exact same thing for a few weeks now!!

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      • September 4, 2020 at 4:42 pm
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        Hi Liz, thanks for letting us know, we like to know what’s going on in different states. Thank you, Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 8:08 am
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    Linda, I’m off to Costco in Las Vegas today so plan to pick up several items–dog food, a 50 lb bag of white rice, another similar bag of Pinto beans, a few 5 lb blocks of various cheeses, etc. We already have plenty of rice and beans in long term storage (heat sealed Mylar bags + O2 absorbers) but I think it pays to have extra on hand for neighbors. I’ll not see children go hungry when I can do something about it.

    Our local Kingman grocery stores are showing the same empty shelf signs you are seeing. TP? No problem so far, but canned meats? I picked up a case of Spam last time they were selling it in case lots. Not my favorite but I do like it, and it lasts forever. We also have a plentiful supply of bread in our stores and that was in short supply last time. Fortunately, we can bake our own and when I get back I’ll be grating up a bunch of homegrown zucchini to make blueberry zucchini and zucchini banana bread.

    I no longer buy pasta in boxes. It gets weevily too quickly. Now I buy American Beauty in the clear plastic bags. It lasts longer just sitting in my pantry without going to weevils. I also vacuum seal pastas for long term storage, but the Mylar/O2 regimen also works.

    Since I’ll be in Vegas I’ll stop by an Olive Garden for lunch (drool). I’m not going anywhere there’s been recent violence in the City but I’m prepared anyhow, just in case.

    I wouldn’t be heading there at all but I’m getting my annual eye check up and my optometrist is in Vegas. It makes a good excuse for a Costco run and Olive Garden–love their Pasta Fagiole soup and Seafood Alfredo.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 8:54 am
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      Hi Ray, smart move to pick up extras for those in need. That is my favorite soup at Olive Garden!! What a fun day you’re going to have!! Linda

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      • August 25, 2020 at 9:16 am
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        Linda, i’ve tried making Pasta Fagiole soup using copy cat recipes but none of them have nailed it so i’m going to try to buy a quart of it to bring home.

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        • August 25, 2020 at 1:21 pm
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          Hi Ray, I have too! The Olive Garden must have a secret recipe ingredient! Linda

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    • August 25, 2020 at 11:31 am
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      This may be a dumb question, but how do you vacuum seal your pastas? I have tried it and it seems the noodles punch tiny holes so they don’t seal. Macaroni especially. Or did I just have bad luck?

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      • August 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm
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        Hi Carolyn, I do not vacuum seal them. I know Ray said he does, let’s see if he sees this message. Linda

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        • August 26, 2020 at 6:08 am
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          I use extra heavy Mylar bags from Sorbent Systems. They are 7 mil “Ironshield” bags and here’s a link. https://www.sorbentsystems.com/ironshield.html

          I’ve found as a rule bags from Sorbent Systems cost less and work better than FoodSaver bags.

          All that said, I still usually do the heat sealed regular 4.3 mil thick Mylar bag + O2 absorber method for pasta because those bags and absorbers are less expensive than the Ironshield bags. Here’s a link. https://www.sorbentsystems.com/medium-mylar-bags.html

          I am not connected to Sorbent Systems in any way other than as a satisfied customer.

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          • August 26, 2020 at 7:51 am
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            Hi Ray, oh thank you so much for sharing where you buy your bags. I love it! Linda

      • August 25, 2020 at 1:43 pm
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        Not a dumb question at all. We had the same issue when putting up hardtack in Mylar recently. What I’ve found is you have to sleeve it in other words double up. If you any pieces of hard plastic to put on the ends of the pasta before sealing it it’ll help. Cut a piece of water bottle or packaging plastic material etc.

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  • August 25, 2020 at 8:23 am
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    I have tried to order Black Flag hornet and bee spray from my Walmart curbside pickup order for three weeks and it is still out of stock. My daughter said her neighbors haven’t been able to find it at Lowe’s or Home Depot!!!

    I have been trying to find Campbell Broccoli cheese soup for the past two months. I even called Campbell to ask what’s up. I just found it in Stock at Walmart…..we will see if it shows up in my curbside order tomorrow…..fingers crossed.

    It did take me three weeks for Lowe’s to restock light bulbs when they were on my stock up list.

    Right now I have delayed picking up chuck roasts because the prices are so high. Finding what our stock up list requires AND finding it on sale……there in lies the challenge.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 8:58 am
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      Hi Chris, I hear you on watching for meat prices to come down. Or at least on sale. WAIT, what do you use Campbell’s broccoli cheese for? Do you use it as base for soups? Wow, I better check my light bulbs, when will this shortage stuff ever end? It may not, my gut is telling me. I love the Walmart curbside pickup!! And if you do the review on the phone app, and click the 5 stars the young man or woman will get $5.00. I hope that is true because I was told that the first time I used it several months ago. They work so hard for us. Now I need to look for the hornet spray! Linda

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      • August 26, 2020 at 2:17 pm
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        My cooking is not fancy or gourmet. Mostly simple and filling. I add 2 cans cream of chicken, 1 Broccoli cheese soup, 2 cans water in the crockpot with 4 marinated skinless, boneless chicken breasts. Season with salt and pepper and parsley. After 2 1/2 hours on high, I add about 4 cups of frozen broccoli florets. Another 45 minutes and we serve it over rice or fine egg noodles.

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        • August 26, 2020 at 3:55 pm
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          Hi Chris, oh my gosh, thank you for sharing your recipe! I just ordered a case of cream of chicken soup from Smith’s today. When I go pick it up I’m going to pick up some of the Broccoli Cheese soup!!! I want to make this asap!! Linda

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          • September 4, 2020 at 7:53 pm
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            I have a question about mylar bags. How do you seal them? I have a Food Saver, but I can’t find any information about its mylar bag capabilities. Thanks!

          • September 4, 2020 at 7:58 pm
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            Hi Denise, I’m sorry I do not use any Mylar Bags. Linda

    • August 25, 2020 at 9:40 am
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      Chris Amazon still has it to order. Dunno if that helps. Our local walmarts only had “Raid” stuff left

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      • August 26, 2020 at 2:19 pm
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        Thank you, we took the easy way out, and borrowed a spare can from out son in law..lol…..

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      • August 25, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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        Hi Jay-Jay, I love Bear Creek products! They started out of Heber, Utah, I wonder if they are still up there! Great reminder, thank you! Linda

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      • August 26, 2020 at 2:20 pm
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        Thank you, I am going to add that to next week’s Walmart curbside pickup order.

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  • August 25, 2020 at 8:43 am
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    Hi Linda, been awhile since I posted anything here, lol. You mentioned your biscuit recipe in this article. I found a super simple recipe on Grandma Karma youtube site. It’s just two ingredients, 2 C Selfrising flour and 2 C heavy cream. That’s all. Knead about 12 or so times, roll out 1/2 inch thick and cut out biscuits. Bake 400 for 12-15 mins. (I did 20 because I’m at over 9,000 ft.). I was blown away by how easy these were. Biscuits were high, light and fluffy, almost melt in your mouth like fresh hot Krispy Kream donuts, lol. Just thought I would share this recipe with you and your readers.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:19 pm
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      Hi Pam, you know I love hearing about this recipe for biscuits! OH MY GOODNESS! I’m going to get some heavy cream for the next grocery store trip! I can’t wait to make these!! Thank you, Linda

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      • August 26, 2020 at 7:47 am
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        Let me know what you think. I’m making some this morning. I had an aunt that made biscuits every morning of the week. They were awesome and I sure miss her biscuits. These are the closest to what she made but less work and ingredients. I wish I had known about this recipe years ago. It might have made her life a little easier.

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        • August 26, 2020 at 7:50 am
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          Hi Pam, I want to make a post showing people how to make them! I love this idea about 2 ingredients! Easy recipe! Thanks again, Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 8:52 am
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    Stocking up these days is way smart. Plus with shortages and weather, I believe we will see a lot of price increases coming up. Plus train our taste to like simple foods such as beans and lentils. My daughter in law hated beans. So i asked her to just try a spoonful now and then. Over time she started liking beans and lentils!!!
    Our tastes can be changed!!!

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    • August 25, 2020 at 9:35 am
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      Should say canned jam from pears and figs

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm
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      Hi Janet, oh my goodness, we need to get together if you are still in Southern Utah! I have the lentil recipes and I can’t wait to show people how to use them! I totally agree on the food prices going up. BIG TIME! Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 9:31 am
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    Canned about 100 lbs of tomatoes this summer, peaches that I found on sale at Krogers for 77 cents a lb . Canned a few pints of Ghana from our pears and figs. I’ve been thinking about canning some chicken and dried black beans when it gets a little cooler. Looking forward to getting apples this fall and canning apple butter and Apple jelly and drying apples. I toss the Apple slices in sugar and cinnamon before I dry them. Stocking up is a process. Can’t do everything at once, but every little bit adds up. I’ve found that drying fruits and veggies that are about to go bad is adding up. Everything is so uncertain now. I worry about people who are not stocking up anything.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:29 pm
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      Hi Linda, good job! I love hearing you are canning and dehydrating food. I’m extremely worried about those who are not stocking up. This is no boot camp, we are in the real deal now. Stock up or starve. P.S. I love dehydrated apples with cinnamon and sugar, yummy! Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 10:57 am
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    I am having trouble buying Borax for laundry lately at several stores. Other laundry boosters have too much scent for us.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:14 pm
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      Hi Karen, where do you live? If you live in Southern Utah I could give you a box. Check online Walmart (.com) and Amazon. It’s going to get even pricier. I hope you can find some. Linda P.S. Ask your local grocery store to order some.

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    • September 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm
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      Hi, Karen,
      I like Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. I’ve used Borax when the stores were out of the washing soda. I just add a small amount to each wash load.
      Happy washing,
      Teddy

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  • August 25, 2020 at 11:29 am
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    Something to think about: Does your family eat different meals in the fall/winter than they do in summer? Do you have the items you typically use for soups on hand?
    (You have discussed beans and pastas, just want folks to think about specific menus)
    I know my family has different menu preferences seasonally. So I need to make sure to keep that into consideration when doing my shopping.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm
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      Hi Carolyn, great comment, we need to stock for meals year-round, that’s for sure. Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 12:44 pm
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    Very good article! We are having shortages like you are. Canned vegetables and fruits seem to be in short supply as do some soups. I have been looking for cream of celery soup that I use in several casserole recipes, and finally found some at Menard’s of all places. Husband has quite the green thumb so we have a nice garden and I can what we can’t eat or give away. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate in that we have many skills between the two of us.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm
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      Hi Paula, thank you for your kind words! Oh, I need to get a few cans of cream of celery soup. Great reminder. I don’t use it often, but for a few recipes, I need it!! Great comment, Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 12:45 pm
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    Regarding homemade detergent. I was curious how much I use; last Sept. 9, I filled (2) half-gallon mason jars with freshly made using Borax, A&H, and Amish bars grated. I still have exactly 2 inches in the first half-gallon jar. So, I used 6 inches or so in 11 months –great!!! I have mix for another year +.
    Two-member family– only one working– for reference.
    Saving money is a great feeling in these times.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:35 pm
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      Hi Jay-Jay, I love hearing how long your detergent lasted! It’s all about saving money, that’s for sure. It’s a great feeling. Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 2:28 pm
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    Yeast, Clorox & disinfecting wipes still the least found items here in NW Florida. Some sandwich meats still missing. Meat prices actually are reasonable. … a far cry from the $6-8 for a pound of hamburger earlier this year.

    For those looking for bug spray, you might check out the local feed stores. Also smaller hardware stores.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 5:28 pm
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      Hi BDN, a great tip to try stores we wouldn’t think of for bug spray. Items are getting low in many areas of prepping. Hold on, we are ready for it, ready or not. It’s interesting NOW everyone wants to learn how to can food! It’s a blessing they are realizing what we all have known for years. Now, the jars are getting to find, etc. Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 2:51 pm
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    I see it here too. For those of you struggling to find insect sprays, check out national drug stores like CVS and Walgreens, you may have too pay more for it but it is available among other things. Also, if you have either one of these drug stores near a hospital there is a good chance that it is open 24 hrs.

    The Clorox wipes may be made in China. I say this because I worked for Clorox for 12 years until they shut down our plant in order to outsource it out to China to be made at a cheaper cost. The plant that I worked at did not make Clorox but another Clorox owned company that made plastic products. If this is the case, it might explain why we are all having a hard time finding Clorox wipes.

    I am so glad too see toilet paper fully back in stock now. So I was so excited to see that after months of not being found anywhere the Charmin Sensitive w/Aloe &E toilet paper is now back in stock – I swear once I saw that the skies parted and the Angels began to sing and it felt as if my life has purpose again! Laugh, if y’all want but you all know that it is the small things that once we are without them we miss them. This pandemic made me realize that as well as see where “holes” were in my preps. Yes, I bought up 4 months worth (but not all from the same store). A full week later I am still excited about it.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 5:32 pm
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      HI Ravenna, it really is the small things in life that make us do a cart-wheel in mind! Yay for toilet paper on the shelves. Thanks for the tip on the Clorox wipes, I think you are right!! Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 8:36 pm
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    Linda I put the noodles or spaghetti into quart jars and seal them with my vacumn sealer.sharon

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    • August 26, 2020 at 7:41 am
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      HI Sharon, that’s a great idea! I love vacuum sealers!! Great tip! Linda

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  • August 25, 2020 at 9:59 pm
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    Hi Linda, Just thought I’d check in. Things are starting to show up in the stores around here but not sure how long it will last. Sunday I was in the store and YEAH TP was fully stocked, Paper towels not so much, just a few packages on the shelf. NO wipes or Lysol spray, kinda ticked me off because the store was running a special on the Lysol. I even got up REALLY, REALLY early(for me lol) to be at the store when they opened, 6 am. They just didn’t get any in according to the store person I talked to. There hasn’t been any in the stores for sale for the last 4 months as I was told they are keeping it to clean the stores and carts but haven’t confirmed that. Wish you were closer, I’d trade ya a couple of cans of SPAM for some Lysol spray LOL. The stores have quite a bit of the SPAM on the shelves right now (as of Sunday that is)

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    • August 26, 2020 at 7:45 am
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      Hi Kathy, great comment, I love hearing where people are living and what’s going on in their cities. It’s funny, I just went to the grocery store to get pictures and I had to look closely at the shelf labels to see what was missing from those two shelves. I grew up eating SPAM but I don’t remember ever fixing it for my kids. It’s crazy I have more Lysol than I need but share it with those that need it. I wish we lived closer, I would hand deliver a can or two. Stay safe, Linda

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      • August 26, 2020 at 8:29 am
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        I would gladly hand deliver the Spam if I were closer. My sister and I are the only ones that will eat it. Have you tried looking at the dollar stores for the individual packages? A couple of ours sells them for a buck a pack.So sis and I stock up from the stores around us. She’s down south of me, east coast,says not a lot of people eat SPAM , so she says the $ packs are usually in abundance in the dollar stores around her and they are sealed in a mylar type pouch, so they can go in the freezer as is. I haven’t tried it, doesn’t last long around me HA HA.

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        • August 26, 2020 at 9:09 am
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          Hi Kathy, great tip about the dollar stores! We need to keep those on our radar so to speak! Linda

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  • August 26, 2020 at 6:01 am
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    Love reading about what is happening in different areas of the country! My husband does the shopping and reports shelves stocked well except for Lysol spray and wipes as well as Clorox wipes. Prices not bad- yet. We order a lot online so grocery store trips are spread out – order from Walmart and Target which has worked out well since pandemic started. FYI, we are in NW Indiana.

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    • August 26, 2020 at 7:57 am
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      HI Lynn, I love ordering groceries form the pickup at Walmart. I have another store in Southern Utah I use as well for pickup. I feel safer picking up over going into the store. I do go in with a mask and take pictures so I can see what is happening with the food chain and other items we all need. Then I can report it to my readers. I love hearing about other areas so we know what is normal or not normal for supplies. I haven’t seen Clorox wipes in months. I see a lot of off brands but I will wait and see what happens with the Clorox wipes. I keep seeing Lysol spray show up on the very top shelf at Walmart in the cleaning aisle. I grab two cans every time I see them and share them with neighbors. Stay safe, Linda

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  • August 26, 2020 at 5:03 pm
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    What!?! No Spam???

    Chinese companies own about 80% of the US pork industry. Below is an article printed in the AMAC magazine about Chinese ownership of most prescription & over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, & supplements. In particular, Heparin, a blood thinner used for heart patients comes from pork intestines. Here is an article about it:

    This reminds me of a part of “the Word of Wisdom” that most people pay no attention to (I am assuming you are LDS) – D&C 89:11 – “Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof;” – eat fresh foods that are grown locally & not something that is out of season (canned, frozen, dehydrated or otherwise preserved are probably OK). You really don’t know what you are getting if you eat fresh foods that are shipped from other countries where standards and oversight are not the same as here. That being said, I tell my husband and daughter not to eat things like Spam, canned ham, liverwurst, bologna, etc. Those things are not to eat – they are to be used to grease the car.

    In regards to my previous comment about inflammation and night shade vegetables, I did not mention that before I learned about it, every time I went to the store, I only got about half way down the first aisle before I was limping, hanging on the cart, and couldn’t wait to get finished so I could go home and lie down. My knees wouldn’t bend all the way and felt like there was something “in there”, like putting a towel in the door hinge and the door won’t close. I quit tomatoes, potatoes, and other nightshades (there are about 20 on the list – some w/which I was unfamiliar) and took turmeric capsules to help with the inflammation. It took a month or so, but now I can walk all around the store and don’t have pain. I miss tomatoes terribly, but I remember the pain and won’t go back. Thanks, Kathleen Tol

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    • August 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm
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      Hi Kathleen, oh my gosh, I got the giggles over the WHAT no SPAM? I was just shocked that two full shelves would be empty. So I walked closer to see what was missing! I had no idea that many people eat SPAM! I grew up eating it but I hated it. But you eat what is served. Anyway, I don’t remember serving it to my girls ever. LOL! Great comment! I truly believe we must eat what is in season. I could go Vegan (about 80% of my kids and grandkids are vegan), but Mark likes to eat meat. But I’m teaching him the inflammation we get from eating meat. Oh, I love your comment! We could talk about inflammation forever! Linda

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    • August 27, 2020 at 11:29 am
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      Chorizo Spam is the bomb

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  • August 27, 2020 at 10:43 am
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    We are in Western New York. Three weeks ago, we went to BJs for a front store pick up. We got there for senior hours, from 8-9am. As my husband went in, I saw person after person leaving with 5 container packs of Clorox Wipes. He told me, there was a pallet with a store employee making sure people only got 1. Before this pandemic we ended up with 2 of those 5 packs and I thought they would last forever, boy was I wrong!! We share 2 or 3 with our grown kids, and obviously we are using them more than before. Currently we have 4 in use and 5 in storage.

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    • August 27, 2020 at 12:29 pm
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      Hi Chris, isn’t it funny when we feel like we have hit the jackpot when we find Clorox Wipes????? Who would have guessed last year!! We squeal when we see them!! LOL! Linda

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  • August 29, 2020 at 5:03 pm
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    Linda, I just finished reading all the comments and found each one very helpful! Thank you for some really great tips! I too have been stockpiling for awhile now. I’m located in SC and have noticed shelves empty of the same items that have been mentioned in the comments above. I will keep you posted .. take care and GOD bless!!

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    • August 29, 2020 at 6:21 pm
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      Hi Michelle, thank you, I love hearing what the grocery store shelves look like everywhere. We must stockpile, we are self-reliant! Good job! Linda

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  • August 30, 2020 at 9:34 am
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    I have seen a lot of this since December of last year. Recently the Kroger close to me has been out of their brand of instant potatoes for about a month now.

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    • August 30, 2020 at 10:29 am
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      Hi Tracie, my gut is telling me it’s only to get worse. I sure hope I’m wrong. Be safe, Linda

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    • September 5, 2020 at 12:06 pm
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      Linda, I couldn’t ask above, but with pantry moths, I had two, in new packaging I brought in. I usually take stuff out of boxes…such as stove top stuffing…I take the bag out of the box, put the date on it with a sharpie and then put it at the bottom of a 5 gallon Stove Top Stuffing bucket with gamma lid, older bags on top. Now the box I opened, a moth flew out of the new box I bought. So the moth started its life elsewhere. So there could be moths in the food or if the bag is intact, there could be moth eggs on the outside of the packaging. I put the bag in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer for a couple days. I figured it will kill anything on the inside or outside. But now, I’m concerned and I will pull everything out and bleach everything, and you said hinges too, what about all the hardware that comes together on open metal pantry shelves? Should I douse them with bleach? I work so hard on this that I would be very upset to lose any of it to moths. If the clean up helps, maybe I should just do it.

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      • September 5, 2020 at 12:58 pm
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        Hi Debbie, let me grab my link on pantry moths. I swear those critters love to BUG us! I opened a NEW box of cereal in California at my friend’s house and I could see the pantry moths breeding inside the UNOPENED bag inside the box. Yikes! It took me about 2 weeks to get rid of them. Here is a link: https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/pantry-moths/ Fingers crossed you get rid of them! Linda

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        • September 5, 2020 at 1:17 pm
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          Thanks, Linda. I even wondered if some of the new boxes we’re buying is from older stock or older grain that was infested. Inside the bag is scary. I will get on this immediately. And freeze everything new that comes in the house. I got in the habit of removing cardboard boxes as I read the boxes are breeding grounds for insects. I just cut the instructions off the box and tape them to the bucket. So everything is in hard surfaces…buckets, cans, jars, sealable tubs etc with oxygen absorbers. I found I had a lot more space by getting rid of the boxes too. I keep wondering if we will have turkeys for thanksgiving. Just in case, I stored canned turkey and all the fixings, but I hope we can have a frozen or fresh bird this year. Will look for one early!

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          • September 5, 2020 at 2:18 pm
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            Hi Debbie, good idea on watching for turkeys, Linda

  • September 4, 2020 at 10:56 am
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    Thank you for teaching us and encouraging us LInda. It keeps me going. I echo what you say about stocking up. It’s so important. As the holidays are approaching I hope everyone will keep in mind that Cloros wipes, TP and food make great Christmas gifts for your kids. Thanks for all you do.

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    • September 4, 2020 at 11:28 am
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      Hi Cindy, oh wow, you know I lOVE your idea for Christmas gifts!! Thanks for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. Linda

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  • September 4, 2020 at 7:49 pm
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    Hannaford’s shelves – missing white distilled vinegar and orzo, for months!

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    • September 4, 2020 at 7:59 pm
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      Hi Jean, wow, this is the first time I have heard white distilled vinegar being out. Now Orzo as well, thanks for the heads up! Linda

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  • September 4, 2020 at 8:04 pm
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    Not having been in a grocery store since March, we have relied on our daughter in May, and Walmart curbside pickup since then. I did call last week the butcher at Wegmans. While he was able to freezer wrap our ground beef order, he did not have any chuck roasts. He said they keep ordering them, but have only been getting them in hit or miss, and he didn’t know why. Today he called and confirmed he can fill my order for 6. My daughter will pick them up tomorrow morning. I am not as good at long term stockpiling as most of you, but I am just about set for 6 months…… milk, eggs and bread aside.

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    • September 5, 2020 at 11:17 am
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      Hi Chris, if you are set for 6 months you are way above the norm. I get emails from church leaders asking me how to light the fire under their members to stock for 3 days. Beef is getting hard to get everywhere. I LOVE hearing you are stocking up. Keep up the good work, Linda

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      • September 5, 2020 at 12:16 pm
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        I am afraid my downfall at this point is milk, which I know can be frozen, but it takes up a lot of space…..currently used for husbands favorite ice cream…lol…. bread, which I don’t know how to bake, and don’t care to learn, although I have frozen some and dried some for breadcrumbs and stuffing. I have bought several boxes pillsbury quick breads. And eggs which you have taught me how to freeze, but I haven’t gotten around to. My hardest part this year will be my love of white grapefruit, which is only available December thru February

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        • September 5, 2020 at 12:48 pm
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          Hi Chris, I have some #10 cans of Thrive Life Instant milk (25 years shelf-life unopened). I store it for my husband’s morning cereal routine. I would store ice cream over milk in my freezer as well! LOL! White grapefruit sounds delicious right now! Just buy a few cans of good instant milk to use if you have no other way to make chocolate milk or bake something that calls for milk. I would not stress over storing a lot of milk. Thrive Life also sells smaller containers of instant milk. Just get six or so for emergencies. Here is a link, https://www.thrivelife.com/milk-powder.html. I store it for cream soups, homemade mac and cheese, or whatever. Not a lot but enough to get me through a disaster. Linda

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          • September 19, 2020 at 6:59 pm
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            Hi! Aseptically packaged milk can be found at the Dollar Tree. Yes, for $1 for one quart/32 ounces. They usually have it in whole, 2%, 1% and nonfat. I like to keep it on hand in case of a power outage long enough to affect the refrigerator. Aseptic means it has been processed and poured into a box like a juice box. I have tried it room temperature and cold and found it quite drinkable. I prefer organic, but that gets really expensive when available in the boxes. When we are threatened with a hurricane, they vanish. I noticed the same thing happened when things went nuts in early March. It took awhile, several weeks, before I found them again.
            Thank each if you for all your encouragement, and you, Linda, for creating the opportunity for this community!
            Teddy

          • September 19, 2020 at 7:20 pm
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            Hi Teddy, now I need to go to the Dollar Tree! I remember years ago buying canned milk in metal containers. Then I found containers by Gossners, they had all kinds of milk and whipping cream! I need to go check out this milk! Thanks so much! Linda

  • September 5, 2020 at 9:47 am
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    The smaller local chain grocery store near me has been pretty good about keeping things stocked up once we got past the baking supply crisis in spring and never had lineups other than right at opening in the morning. Some of the larger chains have had very noticeable empty spaces in “the basics” and often had lineups all during the day. Only sporadic shortages now. Real Lemon juice seemed to be missing for a while. I did notice the canning supply section at the local Canadian Tire was almost empty when I went past that aisle a couple of days ago but I got mine earlier in the year. I tend to keep at least one “spare” of most condiments and whatnot besides the one in use and will stock up on a few if they’re on sale at a good price and have a best by date that works for me. Meat isn’t scarce in the stores but the price has gone up so much that it’s a bit scarce in my freezer. I’ve only been buying the discounted “cook it quick” stuff and cooking it before freezing. Case lot sales often look good but sometimes aren’t as good a deal as just buying the same stuff elsewhere at their regular or sale prices.

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    • September 5, 2020 at 9:57 am
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      Hi Alice, good to know how the shelves are looking where you live, thanks for sharing. I have cut way back on buying meat of any kind. When the meat is gone in the freezer, we will eat what meat I have in cans. Of course, we already eat beans, so we are good. I refuse to pay what they want for meat now. I love checking out the discount bins of meat. I like the prices! Linda

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  • September 10, 2020 at 1:34 pm
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    I cannot complain because now we basically have little shortages that I can see. For a while there was no YEAST. I have not found that super lysol spray advertised but since we are not sick we really don’t need it. The meat was limited but now it is not. Alde does not have my favorite stewed tomatoes {their brand} I love the farm store for produce because it is reasonable. I love peanut butter on anything and with apples especially. I shop not a lot.. My husband does it. He and my daughter deliver food through Uber Eats but he just drives the car. We live in NW NJ.

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    • September 10, 2020 at 1:55 pm
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      Hi Sue, thanks for the heads up on where you live. I love hearing what the shelves look like in grocery stores. We have a lot of Lysol Spray here but no Clorox Wipes for months. OH, I just bought 8 jars of peanut butter. I buy the 16-ounce size so it stays fresh when opened. We don’t have an Aldi here in Southern Utah, I’ve heard good things about that store. Stay safe, Linda

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  • September 19, 2020 at 7:48 pm
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    I recently read that paper towels are in lower supply. Checked one of my stores and they were not as fully stocked.
    Regarding soups, Progresso has halved the varieties of soups they were making. They were producing 90 varieties. If I had only known, I would have had more on hand of our favorites!!
    The hoarding reaction to the pandemic is being capitalized on by numerous companies to reduce the number of lines or varieties they were producing. Better economy of scale, improved bottom line.
    Linda is right. We need to keep our supplies as reasonably full as we can. Expect more supply chain disruptions.
    And also, find happy things to focus on 🙂
    Teddy

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    • September 19, 2020 at 8:09 pm
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      Hi Teddy, thanks for the heads up on paper towels, I’m going to go check on those. The nice thing about the Progresso soups, you can eat them right out of the can. Great tip! Linda

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