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lonestar09

Senior Member
Just a reminder to all. If you don't know where the clearance sections are at your local grocery store, it would be a good idea to find out. Walmart keeps putting different items on clearance at different stores. Today I missed out on 1 pound bags of black and red beans for 25 cents a bag. Did pick up 20-something packages of uncle Ben ready rice heat and serve for 25 cents also. Even HEB has a clearance section. Picked up several #10 cans of Bush's baked beans for $3.50 each. If you are close by a grocery store check out frequently, never know what good deals you can pick up
 

Terrwyn

Veteran Member
People will wake up and realize just how much of the goods we purchase come from china. I try to get my DH to understand this but he refuses to believe it. There was something yesterday I suggested he get extra on and he said there is plenty in the warehouses. I just shake my head. He will be upset when he can't replace things he uses in all the things he does around here, but he will not go hungry, because I've got that covered.

He took his tractor to be repaired two weeks ago but we've not heard anything from them. He bought it in October 2019.

Judy
My DH is finally on board with my prepping but I looked around and ordered items as I went along without him knowing about it. Now he likes it when I pull out surprises.
 

Terrwyn

Veteran Member
Reading all your local shortages got me to remembering I used my last drinking water safe hose so ordered 2 more 75 ft ones. Not all of my acre is irrigated and I cant even carry buckets of water anymore. Been a few years since I bought any from Osh that nice store that Lowes closed for no reason.
 

psychgirl

Veteran Member
Our Kroger looked “fairly” normal on Sunday , finally.
Except for the beef section. It was very poor on selection and what was there, was too pricey.

Chicken well stocked.
Pork, was pretty good and stocked but higher prices...They still have those piles of Smithfield bacon lol... no one wants their crap.

Frozen veggies is still the last bastion of emptiness. All that’s left are the expensive and organic brands that I can’t agford to fill the freezer with. It’s like the toilet paper isle was, all over again! Weird.

Adding: salmon has been at a good price but I can never remember which ones are no-no’s.... which ones are supposedly full of toxins? I bought it anyway.
 

Garand

Veteran Member
Lots of small air conditioners at Home Depot yesterday in Ohio. Kroger’s only had shrimp rings and the small one was $14 bucks! No shrimp in the frozen food section. And lastly, Target....my wife and daughter dragged me in there. Holes everywhere in clothing and shoes. Normally there would be tons of summer items for sale, not much at all. Food section looked well stocked.
 

mzkitty

I give up.
Lots of small air conditioners at Home Depot yesterday in Ohio. Kroger’s only had shrimp rings and the small one was $14 bucks! No shrimp in the frozen food section. And lastly, Target....my wife and daughter dragged me in there. Holes everywhere in clothing and shoes. Normally there would be tons of summer items for sale, not much at all. Food section looked well stocked.
My Target doesn't have much shoe-wise either. Gonna have to try to find a real shoe store that's open, if there even are any left.

I want different colored sneakers. I have white and black, but ya know? Variety !!!! Before everyone runs out of shoes period !!
 

Grouchy Granny

Senior Member
Our Kroger looked “fairly” normal on Sunday , finally.
Except for the beef section. It was very poor on selection and what was there, was too pricey.

Chicken well stocked.
Pork, was pretty good and stocked but higher prices...They still have those piles of Smithfield bacon lol... no one wants their crap.

Frozen veggies is still the last bastion of emptiness. All that’s left are the expensive and organic brands that I can’t agford to fill the freezer with. It’s like the toilet paper isle was, all over again! Weird.

Adding: salmon has been at a good price but I can never remember which ones are no-no’s.... which ones are supposedly full of toxins? I bought it anyway.
The Farm Raised garbage - they dye it pink so it vaguely resembles salmon and tastes awful! We only buy wild caught and even then you really have to read the label because most of it is really farm raised, just wild caught which sounds like a totally oxymoron to me.

Prefer Copper River Salmon, but not at the prices these days. I'm totally not a fish eater unless it's out of the water, cleaned and into the frying pan. Rest of it just tastes, well, fishy (which means it's old).
 

John Deere Girl

Senior Member
This isn't grocery related but I thought it was important enough to share. We ran to Rural King this morning and the clothing, ammo, and spices section are really bare. I wanted to get some more diesel cans, and they were completely out. The manager said they have no idea if or when they will be getting more in. OTOH, they had some chicks to sell.
 

parsonswife

Contributing Member
Shoes: went to my shoe store for more diabetic socks (Xelero brand) but company has just gone out of business. Decided to get another pair of new balance diabetic rated extra wide tennis shoes.....owner said he was really worried about supply now cause 99% of tennis shoe components are from China and Vietnam. Even New Balance (which I thought was all American made) is sourced components from Asia. Said Brooks brand looks to have best supply chain.
 

TxGal

Day by day
I stopped at HEB today in Huntsville after a medical appointment. They are really well-stocked now, the only thing I saw missing was disinfecting wipes. Some cleaning items are a little thin, but there's enough for a decent selection. Most stores have dropped limits on chicken and pork, and I think the only limit is one brisket per person. Not sure about other beef cuts, just heard about that one.

For anyone looking for a window a/c, the HEB in Huntsville had a lot of them, can't recall the size but the price was $179 if I remember correctly. They were in an open area near the front of the store by the self-checkouts.
 

twobarkingdogs

North Georgia Mountains
Local N.Ga Save-a-Lot had 10lb bags of chicken leg quarters on sale for 49 cents a pound limit 3. Interesting thing was that other then a few packages of Tyson chicken breasts or Tyson legs that was all the chicken that they had. I was surprised the leg quarters were on sale. Bought the limit. And pork butts are up to almost $4lb so I skipped on them. 80/20 hamburger was in the fives.

And walmart actually had a chest freezer for sale. A small one at 7 cubefoot but it was there. It was on the shelve with the dorm frig's so if you want a small freezer start looking in that area when you are shopping

tbd
 

Terrwyn

Veteran Member
The Farm Raised garbage - they dye it pink so it vaguely resembles salmon and tastes awful! We only buy wild caught and even then you really have to read the label because most of it is really farm raised, just wild caught which sounds like a totally oxymoron to me.

Prefer Copper River Salmon, but not at the prices these days. I'm totally not a fish eater unless it's out of the water, cleaned and into the frying pan. Rest of it just tastes, well, fishy (which means it's old).
It is expensive but worth it. I have been happy with Ed Kasiloff over the years and also buy from Vital Choice. Our area has no fish except that awful farm raised.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
Shoes: went to my shoe store for more diabetic socks (Xelero brand) but company has just gone out of business. Decided to get another pair of new balance diabetic rated extra wide tennis shoes.....owner said he was really worried about supply now cause 99% of tennis shoe components are from China and Vietnam. Even New Balance (which I thought was all American made) is sourced components from Asia. Said Brooks brand looks to have best supply chain.

IIRC Brooks and New Balance are owned by the came company.
 

Terrwyn

Veteran Member
Bought Jockey underwear from their website and it cost me as much for a 3 pk as Penny's did for a 6 ok. That's what I get for not paying attention.
 

rafter

Since 1999
Went to Walmart this morning for some produce...corn, watermelon, asparagus, strawberries all looked great and were super cheap.

I wandered around to check out a few other things. Beef....hamburger was pretty much all they had and was $7 a pound, limit to 2 of anything ground beef... didn't matter if it was fresh or frozen. They had a few roasts...no steak. Pork looked a little better and chicken was full. Wrights bacon had gone up $2 a pkg. I just smiled, thinking of all the meat I have in my freezers.

I actually saw some yeast on the shelf. Soup was wiped out worse that normal. Canned veggies wasn't full, but better and noticed some new brands I had never seen before. Frozen was pretty well stocked.
 

Tarryn

Contributing Member
Went to Kroger yesterday morning for the half of my pickup order I didn't get.
Flour was back in stock almost full, even had 25lb bags of it. Oil was back, cornstarch was back. Produce looked pretty good.

Steak was gone almost gone. There were a very few extremely expensive Ribeyes that I bought. I have a three year old that LOVES steak.

There was pork, chicken and turkey. Pork chops were 4.99 a pound, they were 1.99 two weeks ago. There was not a lot of Tyson or Purdue chicken, but several other brands I've never seen around here.
Ground beef was in the 4-5/lb range. More brands I've never seen at this store. One of the brands I know is from local farm, that I usually only see at the organic stores or farmers marketd. That was the most reasonably priced, so I picked some up. Limit 2 on any fresh beef or chicken.

Cleaning supplies were better. Had nameless gallon jugs of hand sanitizer. Limits on toilet paper and paper towels. 2 per customer if 4 rolls 1 per if it was a larger package.
Bleach was back. No 409, Lysol cleaner, or wipes.
Refrigerated section was really light. My daughter's favorite yogurt was back do I was happy.
 

Texican

Live Free & Die Free.... God Freedom Country....
Back on line. The modem crashed due to a lighting strike and it appears that the telephone line carried a charge into the modem. There was a loud pop and the only thing that was not working was the modem. This happened Sunday and the provider was closed on Monday and I went into the local office this morning and the office was closed to foot traffic, but an employee came out and took the old modem and gave me a new modem. Finally got the new modem up and running just now after getting back from a shopping run into Sherman.

Went to Tractor Supply, Sam's, Kroger's, Albertson's, Discount Tire and Lowe's. All of the stores were crowded so wore a mask and gloves at each one which I would do anyway. Did note that prices were up on most items and some shelves had areas where the items were in short supply or empty. Beef prices are up again as is soup. Did get brisket and pork ribs on special as well as cheese and milk and eggs. Spent over $50 at Albertson's and got 20 cents a gallon off fuel which cost $1.299 per gallon. Very few people wearing masks and less wearing gloves. Most of the elderly were wearing masks. Most employees were wearing masks and those in the deli were wearing gloves. Some of those wearing masks, did not cover their noses completely.

Did get the DW Maria Calender's chicken pot pies at Sams for about $1.40 which is a little more than Banquet pot pies, but way better. Also bought at Sam's two - six can cases of Wolf Brand Chili and this left four on the pallet.

Kroger's had brisket on special if you pull up there digital coupons for $1.67 per pound and heavy pork ribs buy on and get one.

Didn't go by Walmart for it was to crowded. Walmart does have free shipping as does Sam's.

The specials paid for the trip to Sherman which is 127 miles one way.

Will empty the van tomorrow.

Texican....
 

bev

Veteran Member
I had read here somewhere that a lot of our shoes come from China and I filed that little nugget away as I/we didn’t need any shoes. I wasn’t thinking about flip-flops.

Yesterday I went to Kohl’s for a couple things, including black flip-flops. They only had the “fancy” kind, which were $20-40 per pair! None of the normal, cheap ones.

So today I checked at Walmart. They didn’t have the normal, cheap ones either and that’s when the light bulb went on - China! They did have some that look more substantial than the normal, cheap ones, for $10/pair, so I got two.

(I’ve been wearing mostly flip-flops since my back surgery. They’re easy on, easy off, with no bending required.)
 
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