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Just wanted to know how the grocery shelves are being stocked in your location.
This last week the shelves in my local store were pretty decent. I went shopping early, so only a few things, like canned meats were low. Hamburger is up to $7.99 a pound for 93% lean. Milk is still $2.59/gallon. Alcoholic beverages seem to be plentiful. Apple sauce has been in short supply for many weeks. Checking cash register receipts for this time last year on what I consider staples, surprised me. Hamburger is $3.50 higher. Progresso soup jumped 22% but they have sales down to $0.99 if you buy 10 cans at a time.
If you have the time, please share your experiences.
 

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In our area, there are three small towns nearby (30 mile radius).
Each has just one grocery store, not counting the Dollar Generals.
All three are owned by the same company, Southeast Grocers.

Starting several years ago they began to stock less and less of nationally recognized brand products and more and more of their "house brand".
Now, it is almost exclusively Southeast Grocers labeled merchandise - from green beans to prepared horseradish to instant potatoes to gallon jugs of distilled water.

Beginning with Covid in early 2020, shelves began to have huge empty spaces. And they still do today.

Luckily, Kroger (never a big name around here) put a big warehouse in Jacksonville, and they deliver groceries right to your house. Even out here in the boonies, past the end of the blacktop.
The wife orders and pays on line and it's delivered.
For fresh vegetables, a local farm delivers a "box" every two weeks or once a month whichever you prefer, with whatever they are growing at the moment. The cost for that is $28.

So, yes the local stores look like a third world country, but we have options.
 

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Went to a local CVS pharmacy today and they have a new sign at the counter saying they're sorry for any inconvenience caused by stock shortage and it explain why (Didn't get to read it) they did have some vacant spaces on the canned food shelves. Yesterday friend was saying that their local store is stocking with their store brands and had vacant spots on the canned good aisle and the Bacon, sausage cold case were missing lots of items.
 

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For fresh vegetables, a local farm delivers a "box" every two weeks or once a month whichever you prefer, with whatever they are growing at the moment. The cost for that is $28.
We use one of those locally and we got a notice in the box today that some things will be in short supply due to supply chain issues. Some of the produce comes from our county and other stuff comes from the Austin and San Antonio area.
 

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There is two Walmarts in Billings MT we get what's left after they stock them here in Miles City, so empty shelves before and during all this, it has just gotten worse is all. Seriously no distilled water and if one can find it, it's is $3 a gallon.
 

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Picked up some more Fireball and cream soda. Plenty of that on the shelves. (y)
 

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North of the 49th on the West Coast. Anything that is processed in the East was always pricey but now things are crazy. Can of pasta sauce used to go for around 1.40 CAD now 2 bucks plus. Pack of spagetti was 1.25 CAD now over 2 bucks. Bacon is a luxury and butter is 6 bucks a lb. Most of our produce comes form the south this time of year and the prices are sky high and the qulaity is hit an miss. Let's not even get into shrinkflation. Gas is 1.75 for regular a ltr so about 6.80 a gallon (large part of that is socialist taxes to fund woke joke projects).I do not know how people on a fixed income are doing it? I guess they aren't these days.

Distilled water is 1.99 / Gal CAD up here.

One observation I made is that the monthly flyer Costco sends me is very thin and there is hardly any food specials advertised. Just a lot of crap boobles that are made offshore and of no interest to me.

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Just wanted to know how the grocery shelves are being stocked in your location.
This last week the shelves in my local store were pretty decent. I went shopping early, so only a few things, like canned meats were low. Hamburger is up to $7.99 a pound for 93% lean. Milk is still $2.59/gallon. Alcoholic beverages seem to be plentiful. Apple sauce has been in short supply for many weeks. Checking cash register receipts for this time last year on what I consider staples, surprised me. Hamburger is $3.50 higher. Progresso soup jumped 22% but they have sales down to $0.99 if you buy 10 cans at a time.
If you have the time, please share your experiences.
It's OK, less of some things, costs are up. Pork used to be below $2/lb for loin roasts, now $2.40. Razor blades $11.50-->$12 this year. Buffet at a cheap but decent Asian restaurant used to be $11.50 now $12. I live in an area close to agricultural production so I count myself lucky.
 

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Kroger and Walmart are keeping us fed fine thus far. Not lacking in anything. Prices not too bad considering demonrat hyper inflation.
 

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The concern is, everything they have is on the shelf. The is no storage. When the stuff on the shelves is gone, it's gone, absent a persistent supply chain.
 

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Wife has to have distilled water for her CPAP machine.
 

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Not a grocery store per say but drill stem pipe went from plentiful to none and prices jumped $45 a stick to $80 in 3 months. Trying to build pole barn went to get another load to finish side wings they won't see anymore for next 5 months. Square tubing went up $25 a stick for 1.5" 14 ga.
 

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My wife came home from grocery shopping and hit the ceiling on how much things now cost and the indignation of the sales folks.

I reminded her to "shop Sicilian." Their food is very fresh since most of it was stolen. I did what any husband would do for his wife. I took a black 'Sharpie' and wrote the names of typical food on her hand in Sicilian.

I asked her if she saved any money. She replied, "Well, no I did not, not right away. But I did play this game with a hoodlum in a dark suit. I tossed some dice and I made over 750 bucks in Vegas 'cart-wheels..."
 
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