Two-Store Grocery Shopping

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The picture above is a shot of a grocery store’s produce section in 2018. Sadly, that is not what many grocery stores look like now, thanks to pandemic supply shortages. Fortunately, I have three places within a couple miles of home to buy food for the family.

This morning I headed out to get a week’s worth of food at our main grocery-store. Of the items on my list, these items were either too expensive to buy or they were totally out:
– Apples. There were a few sad-looking bags, ranging in price from $4 – $7 a bag.
Just last year I used to buy apples for $2 in the fall when there were tons of them in season.
– Ground beef. Prices ranged from $5 – $8 a pound, as compared to $1.99 a pound just last year. Their frozen beef patties were also too expensive.
– Frozen beef chimichangas. They are probably the cheapest way to get a little beef, as they run about $1 for each chimichanga. The store was totally out.
– Gorton’s frozen breaded fish fillets. For the second week in a row, the store had not a single bag of them, only the less desirable greasy ones, which I passed on.
– Egg noodles. There was not a single bag of them! My husband suggested that since they are dried, perhaps hoarders are snatching them up for their one-year supplies of food.
On the plus side, our main grocery-store was selling chicken thighs for $1.29 a pound, so I grabbed two family packages. They also had Cracklin’ Oat Bran in stock in the breakfast aisle, which is hard to find.

After paying for my partial shopping trip, I drove down the street to my second store. There I found:
– Apples for $4 a bag. They didn’t have a lot, but they looked decent, so I grabbed two bags.
– 5 beef chimichangas. I bought them all.
– A box of frozen ground beef patties that averaged $2.49 a pound.
– Gorton’s fish fillets, although they didn’t have much.
– Egg noodles in medium or wide width.

Shortages will probably be with us for awhile, and we may have to just live with not having some items, or doing two-store grocery-shopping.

Back to Aldi’s!

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I recently spent some time in another part of the country, and experienced stick shock when we went to buy groceries. We tried several different stores, with the same results. Buying and cooking our own food out there was definitely less expensive than eating out, but it was still way more than we paid at home.

Then we returned home, and I drove to the local Aldi grocery-store to refill our empty refrigerator. Ah, what joy to find that reasonable prices still existed! As I wheeled the cart around the store, I marveled at the bargains I and the other shoppers were getting.

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