Skip to comments.What are you stocking up on? (Notice any changes at your grocery?)
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?
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
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...
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—
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.
I have 30 days meager rations with long shelf lives just in case.
“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.
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.
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.)
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.
Ammunition. There is abundant wildlife where I live. Mother Nature-Mart.
25 lb bags of rice
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.
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.
Yes, and sugar. Flour I keep in the freezer.
Will toilette paper really do any good after IT hits the fan?
“Will toilette paper really do any good after IT hits the fan?”
That’s what the bags are for - many thousands for me.
That's when the paper towels come into play... :-)
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.
My wife has been couponing for about a year and a half now. We are stocked up with everything imaginable.
I’d love to hear from some management at grocery stores!
Some brand of bread have reached $4.59 a pound in Los Angeles County.
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.
“Dont forget gasoline, bottled propane, a Coleman white gas. Weve got 30 gallons of Stabilized premium gas stored away. I rotate in very 6 months to make sure its 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.
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.
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)
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.
“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.
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.
My wife just said we’re going to need a new fan.
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.
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.
What will you be buying in quantity before TSHTF?
Hollowpoints and FMJs.
What to buy in quantity before TSHTF??
Well, it’s obvious: plastic sheeting for all the walls.
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...
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.
Corn cobs...just rinse and repeat, as necessary. Since I grow corn in my garden; I save a bundle.
I noticed the plastic cans of coffee are now 10 oz sizes.
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.