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What are you stocking up on? (Notice any changes at your grocery?)
Recent trips to WalMart, Whole Foods, Ingles, Publix, BiLo; Food Lion | Mamzelle

Posted on 07/24/2011 1:08:37 PM PDT by Mamzelle

All of my usual stores are rearranging and changing what they put on their shelves. I'm sensing that the big uptick in prices will start to arrive shortly, maybe before Christmas. I'm interested to hear what the impressions of FRugal Freepers. What are you seeing? What will you be buying in quanity before TSHTF?


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Just this past week, I have been noticing some big changes in the stores where I buy things for my family. I shop all the grocers, because they all carry some little thing that the other stores don't carry. I've noticed that some of the upscale items are getting harder to find, like good beef. Not a store within forty miles now carries first-rate Angus. The Acai berry juice I like to mix with water has disappeared from shelves. Everything seems a little more down-scale and while I'm not noticing a sudden increase in price, I sure am noticing a decrease in Quality.

Walmart keeps signaling that they are going to start raising the prices. I'm filling up my freezer with good meat, stocking my basement shelves with canned goods, and have decided to load up on paper goods.

Oddly enough, have noticed no change in price or quality for beer and wine.

1) I'm thinking of putting in at least a year's supply of non perishables: 2) In particular, lots of paper products like TP, paper towels, etc. which I expect to jump up in price along with food 3) Plenty of my favorite cleaning supplies

1 posted on 07/24/2011 1:08:39 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
What will you be buying in quanity before TSHTF?

Bourbon!

ML/NJ

2 posted on 07/24/2011 1:10:55 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Mamzelle

Books


3 posted on 07/24/2011 1:13:04 PM PDT by mountainlion (AMERICA LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.)
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To: ml/nj

Actually, a Freeper recently suggested that a good item of barter would be a pint of unopened, cheap vodka. I’ve thought about looking into buying a case of travelers...


4 posted on 07/24/2011 1:13:14 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
Milk and cereals in our area are noticeably higher.
5 posted on 07/24/2011 1:13:43 PM PDT by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: jennings2004

I was making tuna salad the other day, and had to open three cans instead of my usual two. We’re being charged double for the packaging that holds less—


6 posted on 07/24/2011 1:15:04 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Mamzelle,
Years ago I asked a 90+ year old woman who grew up a farm girl on the stepps of Russia, bubbie, you’ve seen so many new and wonderful things come in your lifetime. Planes, t.v. Telephones, computers, etc. what are you most glad came along.
She thought for about thirty seconds and said TOILET PAPER.
Get two years worth. Trade a roll for cartons of cigarettes.


7 posted on 07/24/2011 1:15:15 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Mamzelle

I have 30 days meager rations with long shelf lives just in case.


8 posted on 07/24/2011 1:15:27 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: Mamzelle

“1) I’m thinking of putting in at least a year’s supply of non perishables: 2) In particular, lots of paper products like TP, paper towels, etc. which I expect to jump up in price along with food 3) Plenty of my favorite cleaning supplies”

A bit wimpy if you ask me. You need about 4 years worth of supplies to weather through what’s coming. After 4 years, we’ll likely be starting to get our footing again as a country. Obviously you need the space and the money too. Regarding money, my supplies (probably about $10k worth in value) have hedged inflation than any of my ‘investments’, so you’re not really losing anything if you intend to use all of it (which can be tough with food...but food is a different story).

So, for non-perishibles, again, I use my 4-year rule, which does require a lot of volume for TP and especially paper towels, but not nearly as much for other stuff (soap products, motor oil, bags of all types, etc.). For food, I only try to hold 6 months, although I’d likely have more if I didn’t live in Houston and had a basement to use.


9 posted on 07/24/2011 1:15:52 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: jennings2004
I had stocked up on coffee last year and finally ran out.

What we bought for $8.00 last year is now $14.00!!!!!

But, there's no inflation, and unemployment is low, so it's all good.

Holy Cow!!!!!
10 posted on 07/24/2011 1:17:05 PM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: Mamzelle

I started noticing around 6 months ago that certain items had gone up not a little but by huge amounts. Some even doubling in price.

Most of them have now come back down but generally not to their previous prices.

In general I am seeing the worst inflation that I have personally ever witnessed.


11 posted on 07/24/2011 1:17:16 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: jennings2004
I guess I'll add cereals to the list--no way to buy much milk in advance.

Also went to Whole Foods--which seems to be unchanged, although with my usual grocers getting rid of luxury goods, WF stock might be an item. I made a little bit following this years run up of WF. (Although it's a more practical "stock" I'm talking about.)

12 posted on 07/24/2011 1:17:26 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Everything has gone up substantially over the past 6 months. I haven’t noticed items not being stocked.

We’ve only got enough food for about 3 weeks. The purpose is to have enough to travel to a small town where relatives live. I couldn’t haul more than that.


13 posted on 07/24/2011 1:17:48 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Mamzelle
What will you be buying in quantity before TSHTF?

Ammunition. There is abundant wildlife where I live. Mother Nature-Mart.

14 posted on 07/24/2011 1:18:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Barry! Compromise this!!!)
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To: Mamzelle

25 lb bags of rice

Pasta


15 posted on 07/24/2011 1:19:18 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Mamzelle

Each store in L.A. have their own stuff that are cheap. Jons’ for fruits and veggies, Ralphs for eggs and milk, and Food 4 Less for close to everything. My measuring stick is Kroger’s stuff. And yes, beer has been the same because I replenish my booze every 2 weeks.

I started buying 12/eggs at the 99cent store and I’ve made it a rule never to buy a dozen eggs worth more than $1.25. Target usually did, but now it’s $2.


16 posted on 07/24/2011 1:20:00 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Mamzelle

Don’t forget gasoline, bottled propane, a Coleman white gas. We’ve got 30 gallons of Stabilized premium gas stored away. I rotate in very 6 months to make sure it’s fresh.


17 posted on 07/24/2011 1:20:12 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: illiac

Yes, and sugar. Flour I keep in the freezer.


18 posted on 07/24/2011 1:20:36 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
Thanks for the thread.
bkmk
19 posted on 07/24/2011 1:21:10 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: BobL

Will toilette paper really do any good after IT hits the fan?


20 posted on 07/24/2011 1:21:10 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Terry Mross

“Will toilette paper really do any good after IT hits the fan?”

That’s what the bags are for - many thousands for me.


21 posted on 07/24/2011 1:22:28 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Mamzelle
Underwear. Of course, I'm always looking for a good deal on unmentionables. But I've come to the conclusion, as long as there's a good, solid supply of underwear, society will continue to thrive. What do you think toppled the Roman Empire? Yeah, I've heard the stories about lead in the aqueducts and the blatant sexual promiscuity- but it's the lack of good, clean undergarments which destroyed Nero and his lot. As the great Roman philosopher, Clyde Crahscup, once said: "Semper ubi sub ubi."
22 posted on 07/24/2011 1:23:17 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: Terry Mross
Will toilette paper really do any good after IT hits the fan?

That's when the paper towels come into play... :-)

23 posted on 07/24/2011 1:23:17 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Mamzelle

Diapers went up 11% recently. I have enough to get us through the first two months when our daughter arrives, but I think we’re going to go to cloth after that with disposables at night. We’ll see how it works for us.


24 posted on 07/24/2011 1:23:48 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Mamzelle

My wife has been couponing for about a year and a half now. We are stocked up with everything imaginable.


25 posted on 07/24/2011 1:24:23 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Terry Mross
Try this link for great Emergency Food
26 posted on 07/24/2011 1:25:05 PM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: barmag25

I’d love to hear from some management at grocery stores!


27 posted on 07/24/2011 1:26:44 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Some brand of bread have reached $4.59 a pound in Los Angeles County.


28 posted on 07/24/2011 1:26:44 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Mamzelle

I have been living on my stocks off and on for a few years, I remember having 25 pounds of grits, and wondering if I was going overboard, but it is all gone now.

I have gone through all my 8 year old tuna, and am now into the more recent stuff that I got at the price of 3 for a dollar just 3(?) years ago, I think I bought 120 cans of it, which at the time took me to around 200, or 220 cans of tuna.


29 posted on 07/24/2011 1:26:59 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
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To: Lurker

“Don’t forget gasoline, bottled propane, a Coleman white gas. We’ve got 30 gallons of Stabilized premium gas stored away. I rotate in very 6 months to make sure it’s fresh.”

40 gallons, ha!!! Although it’s not premium. It is double Stabil-ized, so should be good for 2 years, although I rotate about every 18 months. Needless to say, I have multiple gasoline stoves and lanterns. I expect to be inconvenienced by the soon-to-arrive blackouts, but still be quite comfortable.


30 posted on 07/24/2011 1:27:43 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Mamzelle

bfl


31 posted on 07/24/2011 1:28:16 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: Mamzelle

Every time I go by Wal Mart I stop in and get at least a dozen incandescent light bulbs. We have four separate shelves in a spare closet; 40w, 60w, 75w, and 100. Now we’re starting on floods for the exterior.


32 posted on 07/24/2011 1:29:03 PM PDT by Baynative (Are you a Free Republic monthly donor yet? If so, thanks. If not, why?)
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To: Mamzelle
Stocking up???

Youbetcha! Mostly (and in this order) Twinkies (they - like cockroaches, will be the only things left after the nuclear holocaust), dehydrated water (way easier to carry than its counterpart), and sunblock 45 (I hate getting sunburned...and with global warming imminent, one cannot be tooo careful)

33 posted on 07/24/2011 1:29:15 PM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: ml/nj
Ammo. More specifically, 9mm, 12 Ga, 22 Long, .357 Magnum PlusP, 45 Magnum PlusP, .50 Cal., etc.

You can never have too much justice, I always say.

Just kidding. I don't even own any guns... they were all stolen years ago when I was on vacation. Came home and they were all just gone. The bums took my whole gun safe.

8^D

34 posted on 07/24/2011 1:29:34 PM PDT by Gargantua (Sarah Palin 2012 ~ "Going Oval")
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To: who knows what evil?

“That’s when the paper towels come into play... :-)”

Agree - and they work fine. I’ve been using them for years in my workshop bathroom. You just tear them up and use them.


35 posted on 07/24/2011 1:29:38 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: saradippity

TP ping


36 posted on 07/24/2011 1:29:55 PM PDT by Phx_RC (Positive-ly Palin: New Energy for a New Future -- you betcha)
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To: Mamzelle

We get our organic Acai juice from Costco — 2 bottles, 32-ounces each, for 9.99. We just discovered it (or they just started carrying it), so I’m not sure if the price has gone up.

Starting to buy more supplements and vitamins, most have a pretty good shelf life. That’s not only for WTSHTF but for all the other one-world government control, seizure of anything you do for yourself nightmare.


37 posted on 07/24/2011 1:31:12 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: who knows what evil?

My wife just said we’re going to need a new fan.


38 posted on 07/24/2011 1:31:55 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Mamzelle
Dont forget the four leggers. Photobucket
39 posted on 07/24/2011 1:33:24 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Mamzelle

Funny you should mention wine.

A bottle I bought this afternoon rang up higher at the checkout than it was listed on the shelf. They adjusted to give me the shelf price, but said they’d put the higher price in their system and just hadn’t got the higher price posted on the shelf yet.

I don’t so much stock up as I buy things when they are on special and in season.


40 posted on 07/24/2011 1:34:28 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Mamzelle
Everything seems a little more down-scale and while I'm not noticing a sudden increase in price, I sure am noticing a decrease in Quality.

I saw an AP item linked on Drudge, McDonald's sales keep rising, even with price hike. This got me to wondering if McD's food might be a Giffen Good. The whole idea is kind of iffy, if you think about it, but it does seem like McDonald's satisfies the main criteria to at least be a candidate.

I think to really qualify, the increase in demand has to be because of, and not just in spite of, the price rise. This means that the price rise itself has to cause a reduction in disposable income, which causes more upscale consumption to be eliminated in favor of the downscale last resort item.

At any rate, people are being herded into McDonald's by the current conditions.

41 posted on 07/24/2011 1:34:43 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Mamzelle

What will you be buying in quantity before TSHTF?

Hollowpoints and FMJs.


42 posted on 07/24/2011 1:35:05 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: Borax Queen
We're pretty big into supplementation and I've encouraged my husband to add his fave protein powder to our provisions. We are big fans of vitacost.com because they have the independently tested brands that we like and they have the best prices. I'm thinking some multi-vit, D3, and C for the stockpile, with the purpose being to support our immune systems against things. I also have printed off and laminated some tried and true natural remedies. All I gotta say is garlic is a cure-all!
43 posted on 07/24/2011 1:36:05 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Mamzelle

What to buy in quantity before TSHTF??
Well, it’s obvious: plastic sheeting for all the walls.


44 posted on 07/24/2011 1:36:14 PM PDT by supremedoctrine (No need for a tagline, but here it is anyway..........)
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To: goodwithagun
I think we’re going to go to cloth after that with disposables at night.

Good point... in a time of social breakdown, disposable diapers would be hard to come by ... four dozen cloth diapers can get a baby from infancy to two... ( the long ones that have to be folded work best...) and extra diaper pins... and lots of detergent...

45 posted on 07/24/2011 1:36:39 PM PDT by GOPJ (Honk if I'm paying for your car, your mortgage, and your big, fat Greek bailout - mewzilla)
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To: Mamzelle
Milk(powdered or canned), flour(wheat kernals too), sugar, salt, dry beans, rice, seeds for all our favorite veggies and fruits, olive oil, toilet paper, toothpaste etc, first aid supplies.

The freezers are full of meat, and some veggies from last years garden. Lots of canned beans, and dehydrated stuff or canned stuff I make when the freezer is too full for more.

I started tracking back in 2008. We have seen extreme inflation of food prices and the incredible shrinking package. Meats at grocery stores are now select instead of choice to compete with Walmart, which has plenty of the cheaper “select” cuts.

I leave the ammo and stuff to Hubby.

46 posted on 07/24/2011 1:37:08 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Mamzelle; JoeProBono; a fool in paradise

47 posted on 07/24/2011 1:38:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: BobL

Corn cobs...just rinse and repeat, as necessary. Since I grow corn in my garden; I save a bundle.


48 posted on 07/24/2011 1:38:17 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Mamzelle

I noticed the plastic cans of coffee are now 10 oz sizes.


49 posted on 07/24/2011 1:38:56 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Mamzelle

Last time we had a hurricane, 2 things were really valuable. A cell phone charger to plug in to the car, and cases of diet cokes for the kids.

It was wonderfully quiet at night.


50 posted on 07/24/2011 1:43:45 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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