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Shall we commiserate together? What is not in your stores?

SlaveToTheGrind

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My wife is on the lookout for Lysol spray and sanitizing wipes. Can never seem to find any and when a social media post shared that store XYZ has such and such, it is gone by the time we show up. We did our normal pay week grocery shopping over the weekend and only noticed flour (non-whole wheat) and rice were not available along with TP. Water was plentiful and meats were all available at Costco.
 

Planit

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TP of course, but I've noticed a run on canned veggies & baking goods here.
 

kms

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I can’t find King Arthur all purpose flour or the bar soap I want.

Frozen berries are wiped out.

Everything else seemed to be pretty well stocked.

Before Covid, and for the past few months, I noticed that shelves at Walmart were pretty bare when I shopped. I think that the online orders are getting preference, which irritates me. I like to walk around the store and shop. Well, I hope that the online shoppers aren’t getting preference now.
 

JNA

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Went to local grocery for senior shopping hour - 6-7 am

Scored a 12 roll package of TP, loaf of bread, & other stuff.

There was maybe a dozen of us shopping at that time.
 

Salmissra

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Pretty much all paper products are gone - a couple boxes of facial tissue were all I saw this weekend. Most sanitizing options gone, but real cheap dishwasher soap available!

Meat is tricky. It's all of one kind, basically. Want beef? Sorry, today it's turkey - ground, sliced, frozen, whatever. Want pork? Sorry, today it's beef - patties, ground, "great for chili" (looks like thick ribbon swirls). Want fish? There might be some expensive cuts in the freezer, but otherwise no.

No problem this weekend with bread, eggs, ice cream, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, dairy (except creamer). A variety of pasta available and rice had evidently been stocked.

Noticeable missing items include:
-frozen pizza (unless you like random things like a green crust)
-frozen fruit
-most frozen veggies
-frozen snacks (not ice cream)
-frozen meals in a bag
-ramen noodles (except shrimp flavor)
 

Dan

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Gone around here:
  • Any disinfectant products: sprays, wipes, surface cleaner, hand sanitizer.
  • Name brand toilet paper. Saw a few packs of Charmin at Target on Friday, the first non-store brand "quality" bog roll I've seen in the wild in three weeks. (Didn't buy it, because we have enough.) I also saw a big display of Scott's at Tops earlier last week.
  • Name brand paper towels.
  • Kleenex brand tissues.
  • Aloe vera. I imagine folks are making their own hand sanitizer with it.
  • PPE: no masks or nitrile gloves in hardware stores.
Scarce or spotty availability around here:
  • Store brand TP and paper towels.
  • Wipes - rare. Flushable wipes - very rare.
  • Progresso and Campbell's soup.
  • Store brand and Puffs tissues are scarce, but not usually completely gone anymore.
  • Name brand laundry detergent, especially Tide. Slowly returning.
  • Rubbing alcohol.
  • OTC flu medications.
  • Some frozen meals.
Back on the shelves, but rationed.
  • Pasta and sauce, both store brand and name brand.
  • Beef and chicken.
  • Bread.
  • Bottled water. Poland Spring availability is spotty.
  • Milk.
There's always lots of frozen vegetarian and vegan products in freezer aisles, which is weird considering that this is vegan central. On the other hand, I saw a wide variety of meat at the co-op, where it's hidden away like porn at a gas station.

FWIW, we have a reasonable supply of name brand TP, disinfectant and flushable wipes, tissues, and paper towels. We have some old nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight, and a few surgical masks (no N95) if we need them.
 

Maister

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I understand (second hand) that you can't buy flour or yeast now.
 

kms

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I understand (second hand) that you can't buy flour or yeast now.
I was thinking of culturing yeast from what I have on hand, but the only instruction I found were for sourdough. I have sourdough starter.
 

kms

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Liquor stores here (state controlled/owned) were deemed essential.
They’re state-owned here and are closed. Beer distributors, however, are essential and opened. It may be because they sell bottled water. That seems to be key in being deemed essential here.

There was some controversy over the weekend about the governor’s family cabinet making business being opened and essential. He sold his shares but family members are still involved. They closed it after people questioned it.
 

DVD

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It sounds like our stores are starting to restock. My wife found some beans for chili and ground beef. Flour was also available. Haven't checked paper products since we don't need them yet.
 

MD Planner

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I went to Sam's yesterday to stock up on items that I use to cook many meals with. No issues with any of that. But still not one package of toilet paper or paper towels. I'm starting to become a little concerned because probably within the next 10 days or so I will need some TP.
 

Maister

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I was thinking of culturing yeast from what I have on hand, but the only instruction I found were for sourdough. I have sourdough starter.
True. Anyone can make a sourdough starter so long as they have flour, water and air
 

luckless pedestrian

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There is an odd ample supply of both lasagna nodles and egg noodles at our stores with all other pasta and rice gone.

Only Digiorno or generic pizza remains in the frozen pizza aisle

soup is gone except for Manhattan Clam Chowder which is truly awesome

alcohol is in great supply and I love that it's an essential in the shut downs as a hundred years ago we were in Prohibition
 

Big Owl

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I can’t find King Arthur all purpose flour or the bar soap I want.

Frozen berries are wiped out.

Everything else seemed to be pretty well stocked.

Before Covid, and for the past few months, I noticed that shelves at Walmart were pretty bare when I shopped. I think that the online orders are getting preference, which irritates me. I like to walk around the store and shop. Well, I hope that the online shoppers aren’t getting preference now.
I also couldn't find any King Arthur all purpose or bread flour. I did come across a bag of self-rising but I didn't need it. I have a jar of rapid rise yeast that I bought a week or two before all this. I need to start a sour dough starter. If you have a good guide or an easy set of instructions to follow; I'd appreciate it being shared.
 

kms

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I also couldn't find any King Arthur all purpose or bread flour. I did come across a bag of self-rising but I didn't need it. I have a jar of rapid rise yeast that I bought a week or two before all this. I need to start a sour dough starter. If you have a good guide or an easy set of instructions to follow; I'd appreciate it being shared.
A friend gave me part of hers. I dried some to see if I could get it to grow. I had to throw out my starter and cultured some of what I dried and it worked. I can mail some of the dried starter if you want to try culturing it.
 

Big Owl

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A friend gave me part of hers. I dried some to see if I could get it to grow. I had to throw out my starter and cultured some of what I dried and it worked. I can mail some of the dried starter if you want to try culturing it.
Thanks for the offer, but I think I am going to take the time to start one, seeing that I will have plenty of time. I may use rye flour as I have some that I bought in January for something that daughter made and she just used a little bit.
 

TOFB

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Feeling uptight due to only having 11 triple rolls, 10 double rolls and 4 rolls of paper towels for the two of us is just sad.
 

Whose Yur Planner

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So I did a Winn-Dixie run yesterday after work. TP was gone, cleaning supplies, liquid hand soap were mostly gone. In truth, it was an odd hodge podge as to what was in stock and what wasn't.
 

Planit

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Friend went to the store today. She texted me they had ground beef and salad stuff, but not TP. I asked her to pick up a pound of ground beef & a bag salad.
 

Dan

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Oreos are now gone. There's still Golden Oreos (which I love) and oddball Easter-themed flavors, but I can't find the traditional dark-with-white-cream variety.
 

kms

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Oreos are now gone. There's still Golden Oreos (which I love) and oddball Easter-themed flavors, but I can't find the traditional dark-with-white-cream variety.
Try a store brand. You may find that you like them.
 

TOFB

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I was going to treat the office to local Chinese today but found out they are all closed because the supply chain originates from Chicago. Had to go with Quad Cities Style Pizza
 

Maister

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We ordered exclusively (semi) non-perishable items online from the grocery store. There was a five day delay between ordering and being able to pick up. Missing from yesterday's grocery order:
flour
yeast
spam
tp
paper towels
lysol
laundry detergent
rice
dry beans
canned chili
75% the canned soups we ordered
peanuts
bread
elbow macaroni
spaghetti noodles
syrup
gravy mix

There was no apparent shortage, however, of pop, beer and junk food
 

MD Planner

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I'm beginning to get concerned about toilet paper. I don't have a whole lot left and every time I try at Kroger and Publix it looks like the paper goods aisle has been looted.
 

kms

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I'm beginning to get concerned about toilet paper. I don't have a whole lot left and every time I try at Kroger and Publix it looks like the paper goods aisle has been looted.
You have to go early. A couple of restaurants here were giving away a roll with a takeout order. Their customers aren’t using it, so why not?
 

Maister

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You have to go early. A couple of restaurants here were giving away a roll with a takeout order. Their customers aren’t using it, so why not?
That's good. It brings to light one of the things to understand about the whole tp shortage thing: while there may be some hoarding and panic buying going on in isolated instances, that's not what's primarily driving the shortages. TP goes through two distribution channels: commercial/institutional and consumer. The commercial channel is how they stock all the businesses, restaurants, schools and other institutions. The consumer channel is principally through grocery stores. What's happened is that people are now home all the time and as a result are overtaxing the consumer distribution channels as household consumption has doubled.
 

ChairmanMeow

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Kettle corn flavored Popcorners.

And about TP - I just gave my s.o. 6 rolls (from my 24 pack that I bought in March, not for pandemic reasons). When I handed it over I said he'd been a pretty boyfriend so he deserved all 6.
 

Maister

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Kettle corn flavored Popcorners.

And about TP - I just gave my s.o. 6 rolls (from my 24 pack that I bought in March, not for pandemic reasons). When I handed it over I said he'd been a pretty boyfriend so he deserved all 6.
6 rolls!? Wow, must be true love! Couldn't you have bought him a Mercedes instead?
 

kms

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I am not in my stores. My son is so stir crazy that he does our shopping. He used to work at one of the stores and it gives him a chance to see people he knows and he’s learning that shopping for home isn’t all about frozen meals and pop.
 

Salmissra

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I was in the store Saturday (which reminds me - I need to post my pic of me in the mask my mom made). I had a craving for :donut: donuts.:donut: Could not find any in the bakery, and the stuff on the shelves just weren't calling my name. So I bought Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies instead - and ate half of them in 2 days!
I'm going to the office later today. Partly for work stuff, partly just to get out of the house. I will stop somewhere and get a shake or frosty or blizzard, since I can't bring those in the house.
 

Maister

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We are going to try placing an order through one of those grocery delivery services this evening. We'll find out what isn't available.
 

MD Planner

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Toilet paper is still a hot commodity here. WTF. A coworker managed to snag a big package and gave me 6 rolls so that plus the little I had on hand should be sufficient for a while.
 

Dan

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Name brand toilet paper is back! Regular Charmin, Quilted Northern, and Cottonelle -- it's there, even though the shelves are on the sparse side. There's a one pack limit, though. Store shelves are full of store brand and Scott TP. A lot of people around here are on septic, so I'm surprised there's so much Scott around.

Hand sanitizer is still nonexistent. We have enough at home, but I'm tempted to check into the office, and see if there's any of the prison-bottled sanitizer around. (I'm not swiping any municipal Purell.)
 

jsk1983

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My grocery store had sanitizer by the gallon. Not sure why people need that much but I guess that's what they could get their hands on. Also, is there actually any advantage to sanitizer when soap and water is available?
 

kms

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My grocery store had sanitizer by the gallon. Not sure why people need that much but I guess that's what they could get their hands on. Also, is there actually any advantage to sanitizer when soap and water is available?
I’m not at all worried about getting sanitizer. Soap and water is the way to go.
 

Maister

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I’m not at all worried about getting sanitizer. Soap and water is the way to go.
And you know what else - bar soap suds up much better than the liquid soap in the bottles.
 

DVD

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Still no paper products. From what the wife says you have to hit up Costco first thing in the morning just to get a pack. I guess people are still panic buying, but at some point you would think the population would hit paper product saturation and we would just return to the I'll pick it up when I need it system.

I did find a bottle of hand soap. There were maybe four bottles of Kroger brand "Fresh Water" scent. I'm not sure what that smells like, but I'll take it over the hippy dippy all natural hand soap made with real bee wings while not harming any animals and shipped in eco friendly trucks made from hemp and all natural products coming directly from San Francisco or Ithaca at the low low price of $100. I think it was actually just $5, but I'd rather spend $1 and get chemicals with actual cleaning power.
 

WSU MUP Student

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We did a curbside pick-up at the grocery store last week for some basic perishables like milk, bread, eggs, meat, etc. and everything that was on the list we emailed them was in stock. Now we are set up for a weekly standing order of those certain items so we should be all set on a lot of things. We hadn't made a real big trip to the grocery store since I made an emergency trip early early in the morning on March 13th after we learned of the school closures so we had gotten to the point where there were things that I wanted to restock on that I didn't want to get from our "standing order" or couldn't get from Amazon so I made a trip into the store yesterday.

It was glorious! It was nice to be able to sort of browse (though I did still move with purpose) and make a few impulse buys like a jar of anchovies, some ice cream, and way too much cheese!

The store was fully stocked in every department except the baking aisle. They had lots of flour (which I've heard is still hard to find at many stores) but they were out of things like bread crumbs and cake mixes and cornmeal and Jiffy corn muffin mix (so we had to have crescent rolls with the chili I made for dinner). I had peanut butter on my list and that was the only other area where there was slim pickins'. I generally buy the biggest jars they have but they only had he small ones available and they were out of Jif brand completely. But that's okay because it gave me an excuse to buy the pricier Velvet - a Detroit brand of peanut butter.

I went in thinking it was going to be like an Eastern Bloc store circa 1984 but the produce was overflowing, the meat and fish counter had everything I could want, there was enough fresh baked bread to feed an army, etc. I didn't need any paper products (I've got cases of TP and paper towels in the garage as I used to always add those on to orders from Amazon to get free shipping... we should have enough to last us through the next few years) but that aisle looked fully stocked, however I did see a sign limiting customers to one 8-pack (or however they were packaged up). They were also limiting customers to one bag of flour, and no more than 2 of any type of frozen vegetables as well. I didn't notice any other signs limiting things

I wore a neoprene facemask that I wear when I run on cold days. It's black with a big comical smile and handlebar mustache so I imagine folks enjoyed that but their faces were covered so who knows.
 

TOFB

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I was able to get everything I needed/wanted yesterday. Including a mystery pound of ground chuck (we're vegetarians, although I have been known not to turn down a pepperoni and sausage pizza). If I bought any more TP, it would put me into hoarding status. That situation has to be slowly improving nationwide . . .
 
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