Friday, July 17, 2020

Yeast anyone? & my big stockpiling shopping trip

This week I decided to do a big grocery stock up. After seeing the half empty stores at Meijer and DH telling me that Harbor Freight also had bare shelves, I started getting nervous. Now I understand that Harbor Freight is probably waiting on imports, but I just wanted to be sure we have everything in case of further food shortages.



I was so very happy to find yeast at both Meijer & Walmart. I haven't seen yeast in stores in 3 months, so I grabbed a jar and one strip at Meijer. I went through 12 items self checkout and had other items in my basket, so I couldn't add more. Then I went to Walmart and saw more yeast strips, so I grabbed 4. On another trip to Meijer, I grabbed 4 more strips. We are now good on yeast for a very long time. However, I can't find bread flour anywhere. No biggie, because I have lots of AP flour. The bread flour bread just tastes better than AP flour to me.



Darn, I thought the Dial Bar soap is part of this week's WAGS sale, but it turns out it's just for body wash. Thankfully Meijer has the Dial soap for Buy $12 save $3 instantly, so I got 3 x 8pks. I might go back and get more before the sale ends tomorrow.



I hit Sams after 11 am on Wednesday. I told DH I want to go before the lunch time crowd hits. Well, everyone else had the same idea. The store was packed! It looked like everyone was stocking up on food. Sams had lots of store brand t/p, so I grabbed another pack. Before I was done shopping, half the t/p was gone. Most shoppers had a pack in their carts. I guess nobody wants to be in the boat of running out of t/p again. Can't say I blame them. We now have 3 x 45ct packs. I feel so much better now.

I also grabbed a 12pk (160ct boxes) Sams brand tissues for $10.98 this was $3 less than the Kleenex brand at Sams. The Kleenex boxes were 110 ct too. No way am I paying more for less tissues. The drugstores are out of tissues & Meijer had low stock, so I figured it's best I stock up while Sams still has a good supply. P/t is much harder to find around here, but we don't use it much (DH mainly uses it for work). Even Sams was out.

I was very happy to find my non GMO chicken breast. I picked up 3 packs (15 lbs total), because they only had thighs the last time I was there and I don't care for thigh meat. When I got home, I used 5lbs to make fajita chicken (we use it for all our mexican dishes. they're best on quesadillas) and divided the rest into freezer portions for future use. I trim the fat, wash the chicken (something my mother instilled in us), then slice or dice it (depending on whether I want strips or cubes). Now I can just pull from freezer, thaw and use.

I also bought 2 x 42 ct slices Munster cheese. They haven't had Munster in over a month and it's the only cheese I use for Mexican dishes. I'll just freeze one pack.

I spent over $350 between Sams, Meijer & Walmart this week, but I'm not worried about that. We are now all set for at least 4-8 weeks, before I have to go shopping again. We'll only have to fill in the eggs, milk and produce from time to time. I might still use $20-30 per week, to stockpile whatever is on sale.

When I went to the produce market 2 weeks ago, I found 2 x $2 clearance boxes of apples (I'm talking about over 120 apples). Happy dance! We've made fresh squeezed apple juice and also sugar free applesauce in the crockpot. I still have a full box of apples left, so we'll juice some more and make apple pie and bran apple muffins. I'm always happy to find those boxes, because they last a long time.

I've also been dicing and freezing onions and peppers. Waiting on my garden to start producing tomatoes & peppers. We've been enjoying all our fresh grown cilantro. So yummy! Now I don't have to worry about running to stores (minimizing our exposure) nor worry about possible food shortages.

The good thing about this pandemic is that DH never once complained about our stockpile. I've seen him stockpile a few items too...lol.  Imagine that! It took a pandemic for him to realize that the wife ALWAYS knows what she's doing...lol

Stay safe & healthy everyone!

8 comments:

  1. You are so wise to stock up, we may all need it.

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    1. Thank you Kim! I would suggest stocking up now, before the shortages get worse.

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  2. I think you are wise to read the handwriting on the wall or the empty shelves at the store and stock up. I have a few more big stock ups to fill out our food.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I feel so much better being stocked up. Happy to hear that you're doing the same.

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  3. I went into this pandemic well stock and am keeping up my stockpile as we won't be moving for at least a year at this point so no sense in downsizing that. Once Ex-CB moves out my tp and facial tissue will stretch a LOT further......he can go through a box of Kleenex faster than any human I've ever know!lol

    I also saw my first yeast on shelves since March this week. I bought enough to last 2 years online so I left it all. If it's still there next trip to Weis I may pick up a 3 strip or two to put into a giveaway box if it's still a scarce item. ;-)

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    1. Lol.. my DS is the same, but changed his wasteful habits since the pandemic started.

      What a great idea to add yeast to the giveaway box! I know it will really be appreciated. You are so thoughtful & generous.

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  4. I don't like any part of the chicken but the breast, either. I have a list of items I want to get to last 9 months. That way, i can still stock up things as they go on sale and stretch my stockup to a year. I found vinegar for less than $2/gal. It won't feed us, but i use a lot in washing machine and cleaning. Most of the other stuff is food. Tommy never complains, but he was puzzled before. I hope to be buying only milk and bananas after a while. And, like you say, sale items. If my three children were little like yours, i would be beside myself buying food to last.

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    1. That's a great price for vinegar! We have enough non perishables to last us more than 6 months. Our HBA & cleaning is good for a year. It's the perishable items that wreck havoc in my life.

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