I honestly think that by having a long term plan really has helped me since COVID. If I cannot find an item that I need/want I have enough time to research and locate a substitute. There have been several instances where I have had to substitite an item either due to a shortage or the fact that I don't feel inclined to pay the price that they are wanting.I'm stocking up on nice acrylic dinner plates (first year not using real china), beverages (alcohol and non alcohol), (I have more than enough dinner napkins), dessert plates and bowls, bakeware, hand soap, to-go clam shells (the kids always take home plates of food and treats), prizes for the games we play, broths, stuffing mix, condiments, etc.....
I'm thinking of creating a "do not buy" list to take with me when I shop.
You’re right Katrina.Grocery shopping this week was a shock with prices going up again
I said to Mum that even though we could probably afford to buy some of these items why would we? I am starting to think more and more...what would our grandmother have done here?You’re right Katrina.
I’ve gone to 2 regular groceries over the last few days - Grand Union and Price Chopper - and I was shocked. Who can spend $4+ on an unnecessary jar of BBQ sauce?
The more I can make at home or make do without the more I will
I do the same. As a single person household, it's hard to make waffles for one. I found a small waffle maker on clearance at Kohls for less than $10 and I had either a 30% off coupon or Kohl's Cash to use up. After making a batch for breakfast, I finish using the batter and freeze the extras for another breakfast. They go from freezer into the toaster -- just watch your toaster so they don't get too dark. It has worked perfectly for me, and they definitely keep for a month or two.The supermarket wanted $7 for 6 small waffles. Mum dug out her old waffle maker and made a huge batch for a dollar or two. I have some in the freezer and will pull them out in October to see how they have stored. If they have done well Mum will make another batch to eat with fresh fruit and ice cream for Christmas Eve dinner.
And peopel wonder why I can so much, since I'm a household of one. I know my grandmother would have been frantically canning, even in the extreme heat we just experienced. Here's a recipe I'm going to try, since I refuse pay $2.75 for my favorite BBQ sauce (it's been going on sale 2/$5 all summer; it used to be included in the 5/$5 or 10/$10 mix and match sales). It's not that I can't afford it, but it's the principle. Yes, I can see a modest increast, but not 150% in 12 months!!!! I'm looking for a similar recipe that I can put up in quantity, but this will do for immediate use. and to keep on hand in the refrig.I said to Mum that even though we could probably afford to buy some of these items why would we? I am starting to think more and more...what would our grandmother have done here?
This is my thinking. DH and I earn a reasonable wage and do OK for ourselves. I am aware that I could increase our food budget and buy more expensive items but the way I do things serves us well and we really do not miss out in any way.It's not that I can't afford it, but it's the principle.
Lori, thanks for posting this. I cannot for the life of me figure out what is going on with the supply chains. I understand the Covid is still around but not to the extent it was in 2020 and 2021, so I would not think staff illness was a problem. It puzzles me why something like gift wrap would be in short supply.
I'm puzzled, too. I needed a larger bow -- not a huge one, but one larger than the largest in the assorted bags. The only one they had in the size I wanted was in red. No white to go with wedding wrap, no pink or powder blue for baby gifts, nada ... It's not the store staff that's the issue, it's that they're not getting their inventory and don't know where the cog is the supply chain is. Was there such a glut last year that corporate slowed their purchasing and it's now catching up to them? Is it a trucking issue, getting inventory from warehouse to store? From the supplier to the warehouse??? The store manager didn't know anything other than they're not getting shipments like they used to. I mean, there were only 2 birthday giftwrap patterns, and one had only one roll in it.I don’t understand either. Unless they can’t find help. I wonder how the shopping experience will be as we get closer to Christmas. Will we not have to worry about the cost because what we want isn’t available?