Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Gosh its hard to believe another once a month grocery day has gone by again. I wanted you to see what I was seeing at the stores. I also wanted some material to work with when playing in youtube. I learn by doing. I did three videos about the empty store shelves. I haven’t yet learned how to splice them together and then edit out the bad parts. I do apologize for the shaky camera. If you watch any of the videos I have a question for you at the end of this post.
The shelves appeared to have more stuff than last month but I’m not convinced. It seems to be a growing issue across the whole planet. Do a youtube search for food shortages and empty shelves 2019 to see videos from all over.
Seriously I’m not wanting to panic anyone and I’m not advocating that you should suddenly become a doomsday prepper but something is going on. Just when I believe I’ve found the answer it doesn’t fit which has me searching again for answers. Is this the perfect storm of global climate change? Is it a marketing ploy to have us spend more money? Are “they” trying to scare us into hoarding food even if we can hardly afford the cost of food? Am I afraid? No, not yet, but I do want to talk about what I’m seeing. I’m not scared. I’m curious. My curiosity sometimes gets the better of me.
What really puzzles me is why. Why are there any empty shelves at all. Why such a random variety of scarcity? Many of the youtube videos about food shortages seem to be talking about Walmart. I don’t shop at Walmart but this is happening at other stores too.
I didn’t say anything on the videos as I walked around because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself or the camera. I don’t have a lot of memory space on the camera either so I did different videos in two different stores. I thought I would have a steady hand if I held the camera on the cart but its shaky anyway. I’m sorry about that.
The stores are putting on a good imitation of full shelves. They cleverly place items spread out at the front edge of the shelves hoping you won’t notice the empty space hidden behind. Other stores are putting the product out in the shipping boxes making it appear more abundant. The fullest shelves are at eye level. Am I seeing things? The isle space appears wider these days. What you don’t see are the stand alone display stands all over the isles. I did see one or two but for the most part those have disappeared too.
In the whole store I saw only one truck cart in an isle. I’m not even sure it was product about to be put on shelves. It just had the appearance of ready to stock items but there was no one around putting it on the shelves. Hmm, could this be the same truck cart I saw a month ago?
When I walked past the can milk area it too was scarce as well. How can that be when dairy farms are dumping milk on the ground? I also noticed a shortage of the Meijer brand powdered milk I like best. The price is double what it was last year. I bought two small bags for now. Yes, I get powdered milk from senior commodities. I use it for cooking but I don’t like the taste for drinking. The commodity milk is heat dried but the Meijer milk is freeze dried. Any freeze dried food has a more natural taste.
How can there be a food shortage when so much food is put into landfills every day? Is all this hype some kind of marketing ploy to justify much higher costs? Is it a new version of short-sizing trick? Should we all start hoarding food? Is this some new kind of Y2K or Mayan calendar threat to scare us again into becoming doomsday preppers? I don’t know if the food shortage is real or imagined but I’m not going to stress over it. God still provides. This is just an oddity I would like to have answered and that’s all.
I’m planning more videos about how I do things if anyone is interested. But first I need some help. Please if you watch any of the videos please tell me if you hear the video sounds or music. I was flagged as having copyright music on my videos because the stores play elevator music from the ceilings which the camera picked up as I walked. There isn’t any mute button in the youtube video editor so I inserted youtube copyright free music. I hope it worked. I need a name for a youtube channel that reflects my blog content. Something short, unique, and easy to remember. Any suggestions?