While I’m not worried or losing sleep over the cost of food or the shortages but I have been thinking about it some lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been inside the grocery stores more recently than I had been in two years, maybe it’s because of a multitude of reasons, most of which aren’t topics I’d like to discuss on here.
Last week Vince and I were in Walmart. He was looking at something and I went toward the groceries to pick up a few things. I was walking down one aisle and I noticed about a 10′ area with nothing . . NOTHING . . on any of the shelves. I stopped to read the labels on the shelves to see what was missing. It was the pasta section. I’m telling you . . there wasn’t a bag of egg noodles. There wasn’t a package of angel hair pasta. There wasn’t a box of elbow macaroni. There wasn’t a single package of pasta. I guess I was standing there looking like someone who hadn’t been in a store much in the past two years and a lady walked by and said “It’s been that way for a long time!
As I started this blog a few minutes ago, I looked online and the same Walmart pasta shown as being in stock – about half the listed pasta is in stock and about half is out of stock.
The next day after we had been in Walmart, Vince went to Aldi and they had plenty of pasta.
Yesterday we were in Aldi, which according to the local reports I read on Facebook, has been better stocked than Walmart here – of course, not as much variety.
I’m not going to say the store was half stocked but there would be sections completely stocked and then sections like this freezer area . . with entire shelves empty. There was no chicken – none! There was very little beef . . more pork and I think two packages of salmon. Vince likes canned fruit with cottage cheese. There was hardly any canned fruit – no peaches, no pears, and 2 or 3 cans of pineapple. The fresh produce area looked to be completely full. I wasn’t looking for anything but I didn’t see any empty bins. At first glance, the dairy area looked like it was full but there was not much behind the front cartons. There may have been more in the back. I have no idea. There wasn’t a single row that we went down that didn’t look like at least part of the row was empty.
Like I said . . I’m not worried but it is something I think about and never ever thought this would be something we’d be thinking about here in the U. S. I’m not saying it’s a serious issue . . yet, because there does seem to be plenty of food – just not always what we want and the prices have gone up so much.
I hear all kinds of reasons as to why – people not working, truckers not delivering, political reasons – I think it’s probably a combination of several things — I surely don’t know, nor do I believe most of what I hear. All I know is that when I see the prices, I feel horrible for people with small children and not enough money to buy all they need.
One thing that does cause me some concern is the price of fertilizer. If what we’re hearing is true, that seems like it could cause some issues for our food supply with farmers not planting as much as they have in the past because of not being able to afford the fertilizer, or not using as much and having smaller yields.
I’ve been thinking of ways we could conserve and make our food budget go a little farther. Suggestions would be appreciated. I shared the rice mix last week. I think that’s quite tasty. We actually liked the Tuna Helper we tried.
My goal starting with next week’s menu is to have at least two things on the menu that cost less and/or go farther to help the food budget. I had hoped to get next week’s menu posted yesterday but I should be able to finish it up today.