ECON Report food and grocery price increases/shortages here: 2021 Edition

Shooter

Veteran Member
Walmart, Omaha Ne, 144 and L st, first time ive ever seen the completely out of the 25 pound bags of table salt. the spice rack had plenty of 1 pound boxes. but lot more money to buy it that way .
NO TOILET PAPER,
limit of 1 case of gatoraide. and they were mixed cases, no cases of single flavor.
dog food isle LOOKED full, but half was cat litter and fancy boxes,
I use 400 MG Magnesium, they didnt have any.

lots of clorox and all kinds and brands of wipes.
I went at 10 am, and most looked like a business.. lots of boxes of bags, huge boxes of assorted snacks,
huge display of halloween candy,

might have been other shortages or overages, I just didnt look or see them
 

iboya

Veteran Member
Local grocery stores prices starting to rise in SE Wisconsin. 50 cents to $2.00 dollar rise per item in most stores noticed just now. Some generic items prices holding I'm guessing until the next delivery or may not be restocked. Aldi and dollar store visit later in the day.
 

Jubilee on Earth

Veteran Member
I see a lot of people talking about stocking up on dried foods for long term storage. IMO wouldn't canned foods like soups, beans, veggies, meats be a better option? They can still be had and last just as long as anything else. Maybe even much cheaper.

Survival type buckets and long term storage foods seem to be priced higher than ever before.

I personally buy plenty of canned fish, chicken, etc. It's still available and often on sale at different stores.
We have two sections of prepped up food. 80% of it is our pantry, which is indeed canned, beans, rice, and packaged foods (mostly canned) and full freezers that would easily give us a year’s worth of food. But we do have a long-term food storage as well. I mean, What if something catastrophic happens and that year goes by and there’s nothing in the stores? The shelf life is 25 years. It gives us another 3-4 months once everything else has been depleted. It’s also lighter and easier to carry. If by some chance we had to bug out, that would be easier and lighter to pack than cans.
 

TxGal

Day by day
I never bought this stuff....does the price seem really high?
Higher than usual, but it's been a few years since we bought any. You can certainly shop around to check prices. The problem now is availability. There's just not much available out there. Emergency Essentials (www.beprepared.com) was our first place to buy years ago; shopping around is always good. Once Costco started carrying it, though, beating their prices was hard to do.
 

TxGal

Day by day
We generally keep a few pks of Curly's BBQ Ribs in the freezer, they're fully-cooked and tasty. Last year they were $9.99 for a 24-oz package, but they often went on sale for $7.99 and we'd always grab a few. I told DH we should get a few more for the freezer before things got worse. I Just checked the price at HEB and now they're $13.14....good heavens. Things got worse.
 

SouthernBreeze

Has No Life - Lives on TB
We have two sections of prepped up food. 80% of it is our pantry, which is indeed canned, beans, rice, and packaged foods (mostly canned) and full freezers that would easily give us a year’s worth of food. But we do have a long-term food storage as well. I mean, What if something catastrophic happens and that year goes by and there’s nothing in the stores? The shelf life is 25 years. It gives us another 3-4 months once everything else has been depleted. It’s also lighter and easier to carry. If by some chance we had to bug out, that would be easier and lighter to pack than cans.
That is basically what we have, too. About 85 to 90% of our storage food is in my pantry, and I have 2 chest freezers that are packed. I've got 1 1/2 to 2 years worth of food. We also have a years' supply of long term emergency food in cases that give us another year. If we should have to bug out, and leave everything behind, the LTS food can be quickly loaded up to take with us.
 

iboya

Veteran Member
Local grocery stores prices starting to rise in SE Wisconsin. 50 cents to $2.00 dollar rise per item in most stores noticed just now. Some generic items prices holding I'm guessing until the next delivery or may not be restocked. Aldi and dollar store visit later in the day.
Germantown WI, Aldi prices are starting to rise. About 15% of items have risen roughly 10 cents to 10%. Eggs up about 20%. Shelves are full. Dollar store in Germantown WI overflowing with merchandise the only thing missing fron all the stores I sripped by today is generic aspirin. Braunschweiger disappears pretty quick.
 

ainitfunny

Saved, to glorify God.
Fred Meyer (Kroger) store SALE flyer has russet POTATOES $1.29 Each potato, $2.29 each if you dont have a FRED MEYER CARD!

I'm assuming they must be talking about the huge baker potatoes, but still, Potatoes? at $2.29 each? Even $1.29 each is obscene.
UPDATE: They have now added 5 lb bag to the Ad fo potatoes ! IT WAS A TYPO! Whew!
Actually, its a GOOD PRICE FOR POTATOES!
 
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Jubilee on Earth

Veteran Member
Germantown WI, Aldi prices are starting to rise. About 15% of items have risen roughly 10 cents to 10%. Eggs up about 20%. Shelves are full. Dollar store in Germantown WI overflowing with merchandise the only thing missing fron all the stores I sripped by today is generic aspirin. Braunschweiger disappears pretty quick.
I like this gal’s channel. She’s very frugal and is always comparing prices. She just did a video here about how things are going up at Aldi’s—sometimes significantly. We don’t have an Aldi’s near us, sadly.

Run Time 18:42

 

Sleeping Cobra

TB Fanatic
Pandemic Wiped Out Entire Savings Of 20% Of US Households

Over the weekend, we showed a staggering wealth distribution statistic cementing the US status as a banana republic: according to Fed data which breaks down the distribution of wealth according to income quintile (or 20% bucket) the middle 60% of US households by income saw their combined assets drop from 26.7% to 26.6% of national wealth as of June, the lowest in Federal Reserve data, while for the first time the super rich had a bigger share, at 27%


While especially true for the top 1%, it is all the rich that have benefited from the Fed's generous liquidity pump at the expense of the extinction of the US middle class - as the next chart shows, over the past 30 years, 10 percentage points of American wealth has shifted to the top 20% of earners, who now hold 70% of the total. The bottom 80% are left with less than 30%.

But while we have extensively discussed the destructive impact of the Fed on the middle class - while enriching the top 1% - a view espoused recently by Stan Druckenmiller who in May called the Fed the single "greatest engine of wealth inequality" in history (to which we would also add the end of the gold standard under Nixon), some have asked what about the sub-middle class? After all one can argue (correctly) that the swing voter in the US is not in the top 1%, but rather in the bottom 50%.

Well, as we previously pointed out, the bottom 50% own just 2% of all net worth, or a paltry $2.8 trillion. What is even more sad is that the wealth of the bottom 50% is virtually unchanged since 2006, while the net worth of the Top 1% has risen by 132% from $17.9 trillion to $41.5 trillion.

 

TxGal

Day by day
I went to three separate grocery stores today in between med appts for the family. A Kroger in Bryan/College Station, and one in Huntsville, along with an HEB.

Paper products looking heavily shopped again, some very low. Cleaning products getting low. Produce looking low in a lot of places, especially red potatoes. Many empty bins. Saw Oscar Mayer bacon, 1lb, for $8.99. Weird things I saw today - beef cheeks, beef 'feet' looked to be from young ones (we raised cattle for a lot of years), fresh beef hearts, some innards I didn't recognize and frankly didn't want to get close enough to read the label. Fresh chicken cuts heavily shopped. Did see more turkeys than last week, including Butterball for those who like them. Frozen fish products like Gorton's half gone. No saltine crackers, lots of empty areas in the snack aisle. Cooking oil heavily shopped as was sugar and baking mixes. Canned foods looked in pretty good shape, except for the meats. Tuna, Vienna Sausages, other similar products very low....Dinty Moore Beef Stew empty.

People were a tad on the stressed side....not too bad, but no one was cheerful, either. Quite a few had that shell-shocked 'oh not again' kinda look.

As a side note, I did get more 1lb propane containers at Academy Sports, they had about 4 cases of 12 bottles each. I grabbed one.
 

Sleeping Cobra

TB Fanatic
Use your own judgment. From another forum:

I woke a bit ago to a voicemail that my sister had left this morning.

She's the CPA for a handful of businesses that her boss owns, one being a grocery store chain.

Their distributors called a meeting last night, and they're apparently the same distributors for many stores here in Michigan.

My sister and the owner were informed that there is only six months of food shipments left within the United States, and that there will be no guarantee on deliveries from here on out.

I firmly believe that countries are starting to horde resources for themselves - that something big is coming worldwide - that that is why every country on this planet is suddenly behaving in exactly the same way.

They're preparing.
 

psychgirl

Veteran Member
Use your own judgment. From another forum:

I woke a bit ago to a voicemail that my sister had left this morning.

She's the CPA for a handful of businesses that her boss owns, one being a grocery store chain.

Their distributors called a meeting last night, and they're apparently the same distributors for many stores here in Michigan.

My sister and the owner were informed that there is only six months of food shipments left within the United States, and that there will be no guarantee on deliveries from here on out.

I firmly believe that countries are starting to horde resources for themselves - that something big is coming worldwide - that that is why every country on this planet is suddenly behaving in exactly the same way.

They're preparing.
Interesting. That final paragraph is....the most interesting “take” on this that I think I’ve seen.
 

Sleeping Cobra

TB Fanatic
Great idea from another forum:

My husband and I bought a grass-fed steer with another family and had it slaughtered and processed. The meat tastes much better than the store bought meats and its a lot leaner. I highly recommend doing this, if it's within your ability.

(Have 2 families buy a cow then split the cost of Butchering and purchase of meat)
 

TxGal

Day by day
I posted somewhere, perhaps on another thread, that Costco.com had gotten in a good supply of Mountain House freeze-dried foods in #10 can, including ground beef and chicken, and other meal types. I think it was yesterday, might have been the day before. They're almost sold out now. Wow.
 

WalknTrot

Veteran Member
Did a Walmart pickup order this morning, (N MN) mostly canned goods and some household (dishwasher soap, laundry, etc.) The only thing they didn't have were the dog treats, and I didn't allow subs because well..the dogs are picky. ;)
Even got a case (24) of Gatorade Zero, no problem.

Gas was up to 3.19 for regular unleaded.
 

Panner

Veteran Member
Went to Walmart this morning to pick up a couple of items. Looked like a lot more holes in the food section than normal. I was really shocked at the men's clothing section, it was really in bad shape, hardly any selection with most things in extra large size. Those are the ones they have trouble selling. I wanted to pick up a couple of Stouffer's single serve dinners. What a shock. They went from $2.42 and $2.78, last week up to $3.58. needless to say I didn't buy any.
 

Roger Thornhill

Some irascible old curmudgeon
I thought I'd add a couple of positive notes to an otherwise sober thread. I recently decided to add to my dehydrated and freeze-dried stores. I was surprised and concerned to find that many large suppliers had nothing, or almost nothing, available. I finally found Harmony House foods, a vendor I'd never used, and decided to take a chance. They had almost everything in stock except dried fruits, and I was able to find those at my local Aldi.

I placed a large order with Harmony House, and it was shipped the very next business day. I received it yesterday, and am very happy with the packaging and the products. Since I'm single, I ordered mostly their sampler packs, which are just the right size (and are resealable). Highly recommend: Harmony House Foods

In other news, I see that most canned meats are drying up. My local Walmart and Kroger are almost completely wiped-out of Keystone meats. I discovered that Werling and Sons (who pack the canned meats for Yoder's) is a short drive away from me, and has a retail store. They are having trouble with their telephone lines [conspiracy theorist hat immediately goes on], but their e-mail is still working fine. They have almost everything in stock. Here's a link: Werling and Sons Canned Meats
 

Terrwyn

Veteran Member
I ordered more cat food from Chewy while it is still easy to get. I think Friskies is up a couple of bucks a case and same with Fancy Feast. Also out of stock on some varieties of Sheba perfect portions which my spoiled darlings love. I have about 6 months of food for them but try to replace as I go along as long as I can.
Has anyone thought about making cat food from longterm storage food? If so would appreciate any ideas. I saw my cans of Mt house beef are 79.00 some places. I paid maybe half that. Yikes!
 

Mprepared

Veteran Member
I went to Costco with my daughter and 2 little granddaughters. I was busy with them, so I did not notice prices, but the store was packed and they did have lots of toilet paper and my daughter overheard 2 men talking and they said they were having record sales. She thinks they said they sold 25 pallets of toilet paper today and we were there before noon. They said they are making so much money they are thinking of opening another Costco in a town close by. They named 2 towns. Both are 10 to 15 miles from this Costco. We have a lot of people stocking up, but also this place has grown with new people moving here.
 

nehimama

Veteran Member
My mission today was to drive around my small city in SE MI, and see what's going on at the Dollar stores. First stop was at the Dollar Tree, and it was very well stocked in the food and snack aisles, and the paper goods aisles. I mentioned to the cashier how well stocked it was, and she told me they had enough people in to work that they could man the checkouts while the others slammed stuff onto the shelves. There was lots of fish and tuna - even the solid white albacore for a dollar. Lots of pasta, canned pasta, canned vegetables, and tons of ramen. The canned fruits were a little thin. The candy aisle and soft drinks aisle looked full, too. I didn't look for or notice Gatorade.

Next to Dollar General, which was pretty well stocked. Canned vegetables were 65 cents/can. Flour and sugar were low. Spices were pretty well stocked. Plenty of cleaning supplies and dish washing liquid. TP was single rolls only, at a dollar each!

Third stop was the Family Dollar. The doors were locked, as the crew was out back unloading a truck.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I thought I'd add a couple of positive notes to an otherwise sober thread. I recently decided to add to my dehydrated and freeze-dried stores. I was surprised and concerned to find that many large suppliers had nothing, or almost nothing, available. I finally found Harmony House foods, a vendor I'd never used, and decided to take a chance. They had almost everything in stock except dried fruits, and I was able to find those at my local Aldi.

I placed a large order with Harmony House, and it was shipped the very next business day. I received it yesterday, and am very happy with the packaging and the products. Since I'm single, I ordered mostly their sampler packs, which are just the right size (and are resealable). Highly recommend: Harmony House Foods

In other news, I see that most canned meats are drying up. My local Walmart and Kroger are almost completely wiped-out of Keystone meats. I discovered that Werling and Sons (who pack the canned meats for Yoder's) is a short drive away from me, and has a retail store. They are having trouble with their telephone lines [conspiracy theorist hat immediately goes on], but their e-mail is still working fine. They have almost everything in stock. Here's a link: Werling and Sons Canned Meats
I ordered from Harmony House several years ago, but I didn't realize (dumb me) that I should have repacked the product into mylar (I knew nothing about mylar and vacuum sealing back then). I like their products but most of it was wasted.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

Roadgeek

Contributing Member
Thanksgiving is stuffed! Turkey shortage looms due to lack of workers

Worker shortages, a lack of truckers, and shifting demand could all threaten the main course at Thanksgiving dinner this year, as turkey giant Butterball warns that smaller birds may be more difficult to find.

Butterball executive Rebeca Welch said that, similar to last year, many families are planning smaller gatherings next month due to pandemic concerns, sending demand for smaller birds up.

'We did see that about a third of consumers are planning to have a smaller gathering this year due to concerns about COVID-19 and the Delta variant,' Welch told WLS-TV, warning consumers who want smaller turkeys to put orders in early.

It came days after US regulators recalled 14,107 pounds of Butterball ground turkey products that may be contaminated with shards of blue plastic, raising further concerns about supplies.
 

Sleeping Cobra

TB Fanatic
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Rep. Michelle Steel
@RepSteel


NEWS: Today I introduced legislation to ban cargo ships off the Orange County coast. Ships anchored for weeks and months off our coast likely caused last week's oil spill. Reports show that the pipe "may have been struck several other times" by ship anchors off the coast.

1:52 PM · Oct 12, 2021·Twitter Web App

@RagingToro

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@RepSteel
You want to... BAN the ships? That are carrying all the stuff ALL industries are waiting for? Are you high???
 
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