Tis the time that we are thinking about being more prepared. We also need to think about being more flexible. Some people are not. If you can't find something or you run out of something, there is ALWAYS a substitute.
No milk - use canned or dry or just use water! (Been there and done that). No bread - biscuits, tortillas, cornbread, fry bread, etc. No spaghetti - use macaroni or any other type of pasta OR sub rice or potatoes.
No fresh meat - use canned or substitute beans, peanut butter or cheese. Protein!!!!
Use up those leftovers and scraps in soup. Cheapest meal out there.
I keep seeing all the posts about empty shelves at the grocery. I live in the mid-section of the country and have seen little of it. I have seen the occasional shortage here and there and perhaps limited brands of the same products - but no totally empty shelves. I am sure that people aren't fibbing - they have to be seeing these things. I always wonder about the pictures I see though, as most were not taken by the poster - so I wonder about time frame. Was the store cleaning or repairing? Were they getting ready to restock? Was this a day after a holiday weekend? Was this after a weather event? I am always skeptical.
I am not a blind sheep - so it isn't that. It just isn't experienced in my area! I am grateful.
I understand in places like Alaska - such extreme weather there and everything is more expensive. Foreign countries rely on cargo ships for much of their goods.
I have always figured that shortages would appear first in the central section of the country - as things have to travel further to get here. It would seem the coasts would have better stock. It appears to be just the opposite from I see other people post. I don't really understand.
There are so many reasons for shortages. Cargo ships sitting, truckers, the big C, lack of workers, less production in past year or two, hoarding, gas prices, inflation, extreme weather, so many reasons!
This is WHY we PREPARE!
I know this gets talked about a lot - but people seem to just keep panicking and that causes even more problems.
To be blunt SH*T happens!!!!! It always has happened.
I think back to childhood and the things my parents did to survive and to make sure we had enough! People persevered and did with what they had. They didn't complain - because most people were in the same boat. They knew how to be flexible!
I am glad I had good teachers.
The only area of a grocery store I have seen totally empty has been at the meat department at one local store - that has been in the fresh meat area (where you picked your seafood or steak) - not the actual packaged meat department. That has happened because they said they are short staffed and can get no one to work! That is another thing I don't understand!!!! This place pays excellent wages! Their other locations seem better.
I know that things changed over the past couple years. Prices have gone up and employees have gone down. It has been a struggle.
My 2 local 50's diners that have been around for decades have both closed and sold in the past couple weeks!
YET, every week I read about 10-12 new fancy restaurants opening up around the city. Maybe I am just dense, but I don't get it. I can't imagine they are opening up with a plan of going out of business!!
I guess all I can offer is - DO WHAT YOU CAN, WHEN YOU CAN! Stock as you find things and deals. Never let your guard down. Always be prepared for ANYTHING! Know how to substitute and be FLEXIBLE!
But whatever you do - do NOT panic!!!!!!
Slow and steady wins the race.
What have you been experiencing? I can't be the only one that doesn't see the extreme shortages.
DO you have your plans in place and do you know how to be flexible and substitute?
I am so curious!