Florida is pretty open. Just some sensible virus measures are taken for prevention here thankfully. So the stores I shop have been good and well stocked generally. The only compliant that comes to mind is for awhile some bleach cleaning supplies disappeared from shelves. Those are back in stock. And some rice crackers I enjoy have been out of stock for 2 weeks but I suspect other non virus reasons are to blame for that.
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1/19/21 1:53 P
I noticed that about TP and paper towels too. At the start of the pandemic, the shelves were cleared of everything. Lately, the brand name products sell out the quickest leaving the generic or no name brands left on the shelves. They do sell eventually, but it seems like consumers are getting a little picky.
When TP started reappearing on the shelves, I bought whatever was available, brand name or generic.
Asian pears are expensive. They are even costly at the grocery stores in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood or at a Korean market I go to called H Mart. I have occasionally found Asian pears at Trader Joe's. but they can cost as much as $1.99 each or more depending on size.
At TJs, Bartlett and Anjou pears were $.69 each last week.
Did you buy the 4 chicken breasts already cleaned ? That adds extra to the price. If I buy chicken, I buy it with skin on, fat, bones, etc. I'll clean the chicken myself to save money.
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1/16/21 7:48 A
A lot of people in NZ have commented on increased grocery prices, but when I checked my spreadsheets for last year's groceries and the previous year's, 2020 I spent a whole 97 cents LESS than the previous (2019) 12 months LOL! I haven't changed what or how much I eat. Some things have gone up a little, but some things came down a little, so it balanced out.
Case in point about the increased grocery costs. I just went out to pick up some items - a box of doggie treats, dish detergent, diced tomatoes, becel margarine, almond milk, spinach, 4 asian pears, 4 chicken breasts, a small bag of shrimp, some babybel cheese, a package of lysol wipes (finally!), and some boost protein drinks (on sale for $9.00), my total for these items was $99.70 - ouch!
I have stopped going to the shops for the time being as Covid levels have been so high where I live. (Also I live in a retirement flat so some of the people in the block are very vulnerable so I was even more concerned about bring the virus into the building.) The last 2 weeks I have organised an online delivery for myself and two other people. The delivery 2 weeks ago had a few items missing and the delivery man said the covidiots had been in and emptied the shelves. This week's delivery was complete except that I asked for large eggs and got medium, and Muriel who I was shopping for couldn't have her sweetheart cabbage. We are probably still getting a few supply problems because of things that need to be ironed out following Brexit. (I live in the South East of England, very close to the beginning of the Channel Tunnel). You may have seen the thousands of lorries that were stuck in Kent over Christmas and couldn't get over to the continent. That will have delayed goods getting over to Europe and other goods coming back to England.
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1/15/21 9:21 A
I've noticed price increases on a bunch of staple items as well.
I go to a local bakery for fresh baked bread. The price of their loaves has increased.
And as MLAN noted, except for the panic buying at the start of the pandemic, I haven't had any problems buying produce. You can always find bananas at Trader Joes. LOL
that said, prices for oranges have been pretty expensive. $1.99 to $2.49 a pound for naval oranges. I'm not sure if the issue is related to a break in the supply chain or if the summer drought meant there wasn't a good orange crop this season.
Kris, you make an excellent point. If people thought ahead a bit and stocked up on healthy canned goods and freezer items, it would take a lot of the worry out. I wish I had a small freezer; my drawer freezer on my fridge is tiny and packed to the gills.
At some point, I am hoping to procure a small upright freezer when I have the funds, and more importantly, they are available. They have been in short supply.
I don't care what brand of ice-cream is missing, etc. I buy what I need, and what is there. During our Level 3 and Level 4 lockdowns, we weren't allowed to travel outside our area for groceries.
Having said that, our supermarkets in NZ have mostly been pretty good right throughout with only the occasional hiccup.
If people learned to keep a decent amount in the pantry/freezer as back-up then they would run out of stuff. I always did this and it certainly worked well. When we went into level 4 lock-down, (very strict) I didn't really need to go to the supermarket for 3 months because I had everything I needed in my pantry and freezers. I only went after 5 weeks because I had to go to the Dr so swung around and got a top-up which included my bananas and other fresh fruit/veggies.
I saw on the news that Malaysia has declared a state of emergency. So it is not at all surprizing that there has been panic buying at the grocery stores.
When the shutdown started in March, grocery store shelves were wiped clean of everything. Even with people preparing for a blizzard in New England, I never saw bare shelves. There was always food available. Seeing totally empty shelves at the grocery store was astonishing.
As MLAN noted, the items that can be hard to find would be hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, wipes and occasionally toilet paper. Some people still seem inclined to hoard toilet paper.
What was really hard to find early on was flour and yeast. A lot of Americans took up baking their own bread, so you couldn't find those staples.
I'd say that if your biggest worry is not having your favorite flavor of ice cream or preferred brand of sausages, you're pretty well off.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 1/14/2021 (10:08)
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1/14/21 6:53 A
Thankfully, I don't consider ice cream and sausages to be daily staples to sustain a healthy life. And thankfully, the stores in the Twin Cities of Minnestoa have been stocked well with nutritious food like lean meats, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables (fresh and frozen).
Early on, stores learned quickly to put limits on things like canned goods and meat. And paper goods like toilet paper (TP) and paper towels. People were dumb and hoarded TP but the fresh produce section was abundantly stocked. At one point, I found a big pack of TP. I donated 3 rolls to the little free pantry in my neighborhood thinking someone might need it. Thankfully, the paper supply issue has resolved.
Some things like cleaning wipes and rubbing alcohol are challenging to find. Stores are limiting cleaning wipes, if they have them. Thankfully, I am perfectly happy cleaning with a bottled cleaner or vinegar and rags.
Because of the whole pandemic situation, I've been forced to buy other brands and other choices because of the lack of stocks in my local supermarket. Also, we've been restricted to a travelling distance of 10km, which means we can only go to nearby stores.
I couldn't get my favourite flavour of ice cream, I had to settle for another flavour! My Mom couldn't get her favourite brand of sausages, we had to settle for another brand. My friend has reported that at her local supermarket, the shelves were bare for some things. Seems people here are starting to panic shop!