Jeff and I have been noticing more and more empty shelves and spaces at some of the grocery stores. Walmart was especially glaring. I was worried that with the students coming back, that it would be absolutely horrible to find anything. However, this weekend the WSU students were hitting Walmart hard and I noticed something interesting.
Some of the shelves that had been empty were being filled up again...but the produce had obviously been sitting around for awhile and was not very good. One of the ladies that worked there said they had lots of fresh produce in the back room, but, again, it was not looking it's best. They had brought a lot in because of the students coming back...however, don't count in it staying well stocked.
We found some marked down meats and bought those. Meat has been hit or miss there for awhile. We also found packages of plums marked down to $1 each. They had been sent way to many of them and needed to move them fast. I bought 2 packages. HBA items have also been on the lean side for awhile, so I got what I needed to build up my stock a bit more. I had also been looking for a few more pairs of soft jeans for over a year. I am very picky about my jeans because so many of the fabrics and/or the buttons, hurt me. I finally found two pairs on clearance for $4 each. I have capris in the same fabric and I love them! These jeans should get me through a few more winters since I mainly wear them when I go somewhere outside of the house and then rest of the time I wear soft leggings at home.
Jeff and I also went to the Grocery Outlet to try and find some of the jalapeno and cheese snacks that I love. They were out of those but we did find some more amazing deals. We picked up 2 racks of cooked and frozen ribs for .97 each...yes you read that right! I would have bought them out except that I don't have the room in my freezer. They also had boneless skinless chicken breast that were marked down so I bought a package and came home and divided it up and then froze each breast separately. Each of those will make a meal for Jeff and I. Crescent rolls were on sale for 6 for $1. I bought 3 of them. Another great deal was their Asian noodles. They came in 2 packs for .99 each. I got 4 of them to make stir fry or Asian style soups for Jeff and I. Way cheaper than going out to eat and satisfies my cravings!
We are also noticing gas shortages here. We went to fill up our car with gas only to find that most of the pumps at the lowest priced gas station in town were totally out of fuel. Luckily there were still 3 pumps with gas so we were able to get some there. I am going to make sure that Jeff and never let the tanks go below half from now on.
Covid-19 cases are on the rise here once more and I am noticing that more and more restrictions are coming back into play. Vaccines are being required not only at some work places for employees, but also if you are a customer. Colleges here are requiring that you be vaccinated if you are an employee or a student, K-12 are also requiring vaccinations for staff and that masks be worn at all times regardless of if you are vaccinated or not. Masks are required at grocery stores if you are not vaccinated and the employees are being required to wear them all the time now no matter if they had the jab or not. I am hearing rumors that some of the grocery stores will soon not be allowing people who are not vaccinated to shop period! That should scare the pants off everyone! Looks like we will be doing the shopping for our family members who have not got the jab and don't plan on doing so. They have their own reasons for not wanting to get it and I totally respect that. I think everyone should have the right to make their own medical decisions. Jeff and I did make the choice to get the shots ourselves after weighing the pros and cons and I am glad we did. I don't think that people who have chosen not to should be vilified though. Do I worry about those relatives...yes, but again, it is their choice to make, not mine or anyone else's.
I am fully expecting more restrictions to come into play on the state and national level this coming week. Things are just moving way too quickly and with all the fires, droughts in this area, flooding in others, coupled with transportation shortages, and this virus making a comeback, things are getting worse. Looks like time is getting way too short to stock up while you can before the panic buying starts once more.