Na Na pinches her pennies

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.

A couple questions for you

Those of you brave enough to venture out to the stores are you finding empty shelves like there was back last fall? My sister’s husband has been going to the grocery and finding many “staples” are empty. He said milk, flour, beans, cornmeal, etc shelves are empty. Also many shelves of canned vegetables were nearly empty. Of course this could just be because the stores haven’t yet stocked up for the first of the month food stamp rush.

Photo take fall 2019

Empty shelves could also be the result of people stocking up again in anticipation of another shut down too. It could be not as many workers in the fields or not as many store employees either. There could be lots of reasons why he saw empty shelves. I’m just curious if anyone else is seeing empty shelves again. Several of the youtube people are also posting about empty shelves the last two or three weeks.

Next question: I was asked by one of the followers to do a pandemic recipe exchange for those who are staying in lock down mode. With an internet filled with millions of recipe sites I put the suggestion aside to think about how best to do that. Then a bought of fibromyalsia caused me to completely forget about the request until I found my note to myself. That’s one of the problems I have with all my illnesses. I sleep a lot and forget a lot. My sincere apologies. It was not intentional. In the comments would you please give us one of your favorite frugal “use what you have” recipes or perhaps the link to your favorite cooking site or recipe site.

Thank you everyone.

45 comments on “A couple questions for you

  1. Patricia Byron
    June 29, 2020

    I don’t do my shopping since we here (NY State / up on the Hudson River) were hit by the pandemic. I have a young woman who comes ever 7-10 days and picks up my list and gift card (we get a $100 gift card in our village once a week – for free) and she works at the little supermarket so knows when to go to get everything I need. But she talks of the items that are “missing” from the shelves – still the paper aisle is almost empty and when a shipment does come in, it flies off the shelves. I use Newman’s Own Sockaroni sauce and its almost impossible to find these days, also eggs have HIGH prices and disappear by the end of the day when there is a delivery. I’m lucky in that my daughter has “laying hens” which she has been selling to a few places and at her farm stand shop, so I get all the “pullet” eggs, those beginning to lay – two little eggs make on large egg – hey they’re right from the hens and are free. LOL The price of milk has also gone way up – so I’ve begun buying organic milk since its only about $1 more a 1/2 gallon but organic milk stays fresh MUCH longer than the cheaper milk, and tastes better. Meats are out of this world lately, can’t figure out why but again I have my daughter’s “farm stand shop” as she manages the CSA for about 14 families and with their buy in fee plus the discount from the farm that raises and slaughters the cows, chickens, pigs, and makes sausages, kielbasa and bacon, I make out pretty well plus I managed to totally fill my freezer before the “lockdown” and “price up”… I have been lucky in the food department, she even throws in a pint of organic coffee ice cream every couple of weeks (LOL) We seniors in my town also get a farm to table food delivery every week that contains organic milk and eggs, whatever is growing in the small surrounding farms and assorted items (yogurts, juices, bagels, low sodium chips and fruits when available). Also our senior center delivers incredible lunches M-F… I am “doing well” during my “shelter in place” which has been extended now.
    I love reading the menu ideas and have added a few to my list. I’ve also started to watch videos on FB by Frankie on how to cook on the cheap.

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    • Anita
      July 1, 2020

      Hi Patricia, I like Newman’s Own products too. Its a bit pricey but all the proceeds are given to charity. You sure do live in a very nice place! They care about the seniors. Its very different in a big city. Seniors tend to get lost in the shuffle or fall through the cracks. Despite being a regular at the foodbank for a few years and being well known not one of the people has called to check on me. Not even the ones who regularly asked me to bake them some pies.
      I drink and cook with powdered milk from the USDA senior boxes. The size of the package was cut down by half a few months ago. I used to be able to get extra packs from people who didn’t want it but the system is different now. I don’t get a chance to ask if anyone doesn’t want their milk. I don’t have facebook, who is Frankie?

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      • Rhonda A.
        July 1, 2020

        Frankie is the guy who does the “Struggle Meals” YouTube videos. I really enjoy watching him…very entertaining and inspiring. Definitely worth watching him, Nana.

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        • Anita
          July 1, 2020

          Thanks Rhonda, I’ll check his videos out.

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  2. Selena
    June 29, 2020

    Except for Lysol, which is available at Menard’s type stores, not any empty shelves. What is happening is options are limited. Of course wally is shoving “great value” down people’s throats. But varieties and/or sizes are hit and miss. Butcher shop isn’t selling the more “high end” products (brisket etc.) but they’ve adjusted their supply of those items. Still can find it just not as many in the freezer section. Target was short of their brand of laundry detergent. Dye free had mega size but nothing smaller. Non-dye free was no where to be found. I should have picked up two boxes of washer cleaner – front loader “nags” you to clean it every so often. It does cut the gunk build-up etc so I don’t complain. With just the two of us, “nagging” doesn’t happen all that often. But I wonder down the road how hard it will be to find the cleaner.

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    • Anita
      July 1, 2020

      I’m no expert but I do believe products and food are going to become less available as the CV19 lingers on. Sick people can’t work and product won’t get made or delivered. Ever since the regulation for bleach changed it hasn’t been as effective for killing germs. I’ve had a hard time finding lysol before CV19 which is why I use bleach. Its better than nothing. I have a top load washer. It doesn’t nag. 🙂

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  3. Laura
    June 28, 2020

    Lots of seemingly random empty shelves here in different grocery chains – dollar stores as well – in Baton Rouge. Hit or miss.

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    • Anita
      June 29, 2020

      Thank you Laura.

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  4. Emerald
    June 27, 2020

    When I have access to cheap flour with a good protein count (10% or more) I make seitan. I don’t bother with all the extra ingredients, but I do add a stock cube or 2, or soy sauce and herbs to the cooking water. Once it’s made I like to pan fry it and serve with gravy, or add it into a meat dish (pie, casserole, stew) to extend the meat. I know flour can be difficult to get at the moment, but where I live (in Australia) a kilogram of plain store-brand flour is $1-$2 and contains 100g of protein, making seitan a good, cheap source of protein that can be made from store cupboard ingredients. If you have a large store of flour and don’t mind the work I highly recommend trying it.

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    • Anita
      June 28, 2020

      I never heard of that before. I don’t understand what keeps the flour from becoming a runny mess when its washed? Also, wouldn’t it be easier to buy wheat gluten and skip the washing?

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    • KAYTHEGARDENER
      July 1, 2020

      What advantage does this vegetarian product seitan have over tofu??

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      • Anita
        July 1, 2020

        I’m wondering that too.

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  5. Margie from Toronto
    June 27, 2020

    I’m in Toronto and things seem to be fine now – hand sanitizer and Lysol seem to be back in stock – although there may be a limit – and many stores are now stocking masks – and some of them are packaged as 5 for $5 or 10 for $10 so much cheaper than they have been and easier for people to afford instead of maybe having to come up with $50 at one time. Masks will be mandatory on public transit as of July 2nd so they want them to be more available to people. The only thing that is just coming back into stock is different types of flour. That shelf was very bare for a long time but then All Purpose flour came back into stock but it was only last week that I was finally able to get WW flour – plus I noticed some of the fancier ones were also back so I have started to restock. All other baking items seem to be fine.

    Pantry meals – I like to do a chickpea curry and always have chickpeas and cans of coconut milk in stock. I just add whatever veg that might be around (fresh or frozen) and if there’s a bit of leftover chicken that can also be added. I keep green Thai curry mix and fish sauce in the fridge and have dried curry powder and turmeric in my spice cupboard so I can choose which way to go.

    I can also make what we call a Shepherdess pie from pantry ingredients. Cans of lentils with cans of veg and top it with instant mashed potatoes. Even better if you have some chopped mushrooms to add and I add flavour with soy sauce or worcestershire sauce or even just ketchup.

    I’ve made pasta sauce from a can of mushroom soup – just add half the liquid and try to use milk rather than water – use a stuffed pasta like tortellini if you have it, but any dried pasta will do and add some frozen peas. Actually tastes pretty good.

    Ontario as a whole (with a population of about 14 million) had 161 new cases today with 9 deaths so we are still coming down steadily. The whole province is now in stage 2 (Toronto only got there last week) so the plan seems to be to then wait a couple of weeks – see what the numbers are like and then either move to stage 3 or cut back again if they go up. I’m fine with an abundance of caution. I go into my office – via public transit (which is extremely quiet) once or twice a week for a few hours and I have a haircut booked for the end of next week. The protocols are very strict so I’m willing to risk it. Other than that I go grocery shopping and walk with friends – we wear masks and maintain our distance – the only time I take my mask off when away from my apt. is if I’m outdoors and away from any crowds. At my office we book ahead for when we will be in and if we are in at the same time as anyone else we must wear masks but it is rare to see more than one other person in at the same time. We wipe down our workstations, computers and door handles etc. when we arrive and I take something to eat and drink with me. I haven’t bought so much as a cup of coffee never mind a meal – but I am getting tired of cooking!
    Stay safe Anita.

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    • Anita
      June 28, 2020

      Hi Margie! Canada is doing much better than the USA. You have far fewer covidiots there than we have here. I’m growing tired of my own cooking too but I refuse to take a chance on other people. I didn’t like eating out even before this all started. Most kitchens are hidden and no way to know if someone scratched their behind or picked their nose and kept on cooking without washing their hands. Not to mention sneezing or coughing on the food. I guess I’ve watched too many CBC documentaries about food. 🙂

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  6. Rhonda A.
    June 27, 2020

    I highly suggest you check out more of her videos. She does a $2 a day (per person) for 100 days challenge with her whole family. During that series, she did a mini series on $1 a day with just her partner and her participating. Her meals are quite healthy and don’t look cheap, all done using very inexpensive ingredients.

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    • Anita
      June 28, 2020

      Thank you, I will.

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  7. Rhonda A.
    June 27, 2020

    I’m in Ontario, Canada and we seem to be doing well for stock in grocery stores. Occasionally there will be empty spots, usually popular pantry or cleaning items like dried beans, rice, flour, some baking supplies, disinfectant wipes, TP etc. But the shelves are being restocked fairly quickly. However, I have read from other blogs I follow, that various areas in the states are still having problems with stocked shelves at the grocery stores. Also, meat prices are rediculously expensive. So from what I’m reading, you are not alone.

    As for pantry recipe shares, I have lots of ideas for you all! Here’s a few ideas:

    *Quesadillas have been a huge hit for my family. A basic one uses just cheese and tortillas (I keep packages of flour tortillas in my freezer, but you can also make your own). You can pretty much put anything you have in them, though, like leftover or canned chicken, ham, beef or turkey, beans, onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, etc. I have used leftover sauteed veggies and even mixed leftover chicken mixed with BBQ sauce to create different flavours! Salsa or sour cream are usually used for dipping, but you could make a simple dip or use a salad dressing instead or eat them plain if you wish. Be creative, and enjoy!
    *Three Sister’s Soup is a Native American dish that uses corn, beans and squash to make a hearty, balanced meal. You can use any kind of squash, including canned pumpkin, cooked in some broth (chicken, ham or veggie would work best, homemade, canned or boullion all work). If useing fresh or frozen chunks of winter squash, I like to mash it once it’s cooked, but if you like chunks, go for it! If using summer squash, like zucchini, the soup will be more broth based. Add some beans and corn (fresh, frozen or canned) to taste and according to the size of the soup batch. Season to taste, adding your favourite herbs or whatever you have on hand. I like adding salt, pepper and a bit of sage when I make the soup with winter squash.
    *Bannock is an very basic bread, commonly associated with Native Americans as well. However, I believe it originates from Scotland, and was introduced to the natives by the early fur traders. It pairs great with soup, but could be used for breakfast just as easily. Here is a recipe link: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/6919/bannock/. NOTE: add water SLOWLY until a nice dough forms. I find I don’t need all the water recommended in this recipe. You can use any oil you wish, including shortening, lard, bacon grease, butter, margarine or liquid oil. I have even cut solid fats into the flour, like you would for tea biscuits and it works just fine. Dried fruit or grated cheese could also be added to change up the taste.
    *Mujadarra (lentils, rice and fried onions) is a Middle Eastern peasant dish I tried during lockdown that my daughter absolutely LOVED! It’s a very easy, super cheap and completely balanced meal. Here is a link to a very basic recipe:https://www.afamilyfeast.com/mujadarra/. I use white rice and it works just fine. Bean hating hubby even liked it. He added hot sauce to his. There are lots of variations with different spices added, but at it’s core, the onions is what give this dish flavour.
    *Mexican Lasagna (I think it is also called tortilla casserole) is my lastest dish I tired making just last night…it was AMAZING! I got the idea from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCh1-XFUGCk. I followed what she recommended but tweeked it a bit. However, after making it, I think her instructions would make just as tasty of a dish the way she suggested. I believe this lady is a cook by trade, and has done a lot of extreme budget cooking videos, that are definitely worth watching for more ideas.
    *BBQ Chickpeas are amazing! If you’ve never tried them, it’s so easy to make. Pour a can of drained chickpeas (can use prepared dry chickpeas) into a pot. Add a good helping of your favourite BBQ sauce and enough water to thin out the sauce a bit. How much water depends on how liquidy the BBQ sauce is. Cook the chickpeas at a simmer until they soften (about 15-25 minutes). As the chickpeas cook, they will absorb the liquids, thus why the BBQ sauce requires thinning a bit. I love eating these in a wrap with greens (lettuce, spinach, or even kale), cheese and a little ranch dressing…so good!! However, you can put them on a salad, over some rice, or just as a side. Whatever suites your fancy!
    *Fried Rice is a favourite of mine. It helps satisfy my craving for Chinese food, espically when I pair it with frozen spring rolls, bake up crispy! Here is the recipe I use: https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/best-fried-rice/. You can add meat if you’d like (leftover or canned meat could even be mixed in). I use frozen mixed veggies, but canned would also work fine. In fact, you can play around with whatever veggies you have available to change it up!
    *Ham and Hashbrown casserole is a great “comfort food” meal. Here is the recipe: https://writtenreality.com/ham-and-hash-brown-casserole/. I made my own hashbrowns from potatoes I had in my pantry. Here is a recipe on how to do that:https://www.ehow.com/how_7719530_freeze-potatoes-hash-browns.html. Also, I have used canned “flakes of ham” in this recipe with great success. Worth Noting: I recently watched a video from the Struggle Meals series (LOVE his videos, highly recommended to watch them all!!!), that suggested you could use ANY leftover casserole to fill halved peppers, then cover with a slice of cheese before baking to create stuffed peppers…BRILLIANT use of leftovers in my humble opinion!

    Anyways, there are a few main meal ideas. If you want some baking recipes, please let me know. I did a lot of baking during lockdown, too!!!!

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Thanks for sharing. Those are some really good frugal links. I haven’t had fry bread for a long time. I like the link for the $20 a week food budget. I’ve had that budget for a long time.

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  8. Tina S
    June 27, 2020

    I’m in the Seattle area. We had bare shelves for a while, but now things are pretty well stocked. Early on, rice, beans, flour and many canned goods were sold out. You can generally find these things now. I see a lot of toilet paper on the shelves, but disinfecting cleaners are hit and miss. In the past few weeks, I have been able to find rubbing alcohol and gloves, after looking at multiple stores. These two things were completely unavailable for about two months. A few stores have limits on the amount of meat you can by. But our current situation here is certainly better than it was a couple months ago.

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Thank you Tina for sharing. I’m glad to see that in some areas the stores are pretty well stocked with food. I believe there will be shortages of cleaning and disinfecting supplies for several more months. Hospitals get first priority on those.

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  9. J O
    June 27, 2020

    factories that can or package food items are not all the way back up. It’s why dairy farmers were dumping milk and “meat” farmers were not taking animals to butcher.
    Some shelves are empty. I have went twice and don’t plan on going back. I ordered through Amazon, Sam’s club,Walmart and Kroger’s and got it delivered, between the 4 we are are staples including nonfood are back up and the garden is just starting to come in. I’m in north western/central kind of Ohio

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      You’re right. Processing plants may not be working at capacity yet and field hands may not be working either. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Kathi Waite
    June 27, 2020

    I’m in Michigan. It seems things are hit and miss. One day, I can’t get full sized canned veggies. Another, I can’t get certain processed lunch meats. I keep an eye out all the time. Now, most of my shopping is online. Shipt Delivery or Walmart.com and Amazon. I have now been able to secure TP, bleach wipes, and finally the Lysol laundry disinfectant. Had to be quick on that one as it is again out of stock. Yet, last week ALL the handsoap in a bottle was out of stock at Meijers. huh? For a bit, chicken thighs and pork cuts were unavailable. For now, they are. I don’t even ponder beef of any kind. That was above our “price range” before this even began. I’m still on a “seek and secure” mission for disinfectant spray but hopeful.

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Hi Kathi, I’m searching for bleach for my laundry but no one has any. I’m like you, beef was out of my price range before it became scarce. Luckily I had found some packs of ground beef in the discount bin and bought them before my self-isolation. My daughter gave me a beef roast for Mother’s day. I’m used to eating offal meats which are not popular among young folks so I’m able to get certain kinds fairly often without problems.

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      • Diane
        June 27, 2020

        I buy all my beef marked down or on sale. A few months ago I got sirloin steak for $3 a lb on sale and then used safeway rewards to take $$ off the price. I have been stretching those bargain steaks by using it for fajitas, stroganoff, and tonite kabobs. Yesterday I was able to get a big package of marked down cube steaks using my rewards for 16 cents. Beef prices have been high lately. I looked at Chuck roasts recently6.99 a lb. insane. I got one marked down for $8 but it’s probably 3 Or 4 meals so that’s not so bad I guess. Ground beef is 3.49 at the meat market, but I bought 20 lbs a couple months ago for $2.19. The grocery store has it on “sale“ this week For $3.99. Chicken and pork prices here have stabilized, but beef is still high. I got my dd some fake ground beef yesterday marked down to $3.28 a lb. she commented that was cheaper than real stuff. Sorry, but she can keep that stuff-yuck lol.

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        • Anita
          June 28, 2020

          Ooo, you have been getting some really good bargains. Cube steaks for 16 cents is fantastic!

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  11. Diane
    June 27, 2020

    Our dinner tonite is “use what I have”. I have a few oddball pieces of sirloin steak in the freezer from when I cut them to meal size pieces. I also have peppers, zucchini, And mushrooms in the freezer, and several partial onions in the fridge. And some grape tomatoes too that need to be used. So I am making steak kabobs for dinner. I also just made a tasty pasta salad using random veggies I had and 2 different bottles of salad dressing that only had a bit left in them. And finally I made a jar of refrigerator pickles because I had a couple cukes that weren’t getting eaten. I tend to look at the fresh ingredients I need to use up, and go from there with planning dinner.

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Ooo, I’d love to have dinner with you tonight. That sounds good. Thanks for sharing

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  12. Diane
    June 27, 2020

    No empty shelves here since probably the beginning of March. I am in Montana, and we weren’t hit hard with the virus. That being said, our numbers are going up again, attributed to travel. Why can’t people just stay put! My daughter said yesterday when she drove past the travel plaza near my house every pump was full-like 16 of them, and every single license plate was out of state. Go home! We don’t want you here!

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Ok, I wanted to visit Montana but for you I’ll stay home. 🙂 Just kidding. I agree with you people are spreading the virus again through travel.

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      • Diane
        June 27, 2020

        Montana is beautiful, and people should come see it-but not this year! We were really hoping to maybe go to Glacier or Yellowstone this year but that’s not happening. Pretty sad that as residents here we are unable to enjoy what’s in our backyard because there are too many tourists.

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        • Anita
          June 27, 2020

          Sure, I know what you mean. Our KY Derby and all the special events got cancelled until August. Our state fair is cancelled completely. I always enjoyed the fair but I’d be too afraid to go anyway this year. Almost all the KY tourist places are still closed.

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  13. Silver
    June 27, 2020

    We are mostly back to normal here – though there have been some instances where I’ve noticed things being thin. Our local Lidl has had low or no toilet paper and eggs (of all things!) left on the shelf throughout the lockdown period.
    The one visit I did to Sainsbury’s at the end of May I noticed the canned food section being pretty bare, with some sections like corned beef sold out completely.

    For ‘use what I have’ I find that almost anything goes with pasta, or as a topping for a jacket potato. Pasta a la ‘what’s in the house’ is a regular feature here. I also make us dinners out of little bits of leftovers we have, and this is one of Husband’s favourite things. If I want to make it fancy, I set the leftovers out as a buffet on the kitchen counter XD

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Thanks for sharing. I like that idea of putting the leftovers out as a buffet. You’re right just about anything goes with pasta. I especially like looking at your blog to see the discount bargains you get at your Lidl store. I get bargain envy and thoroughly enjoy looking at it.

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  14. catherine young
    June 27, 2020

    I only have 2 major grocery store choices nearby: Food Lion and Walmart. I also have a scattering of small corner stores, convenience stores, outside produce markets which tend to be limited and more expensive for a lot of essentials.

    The shelves are not well stocked. Lots of empty space. It’s not an acute shortage because you can find most things if you keep looking for a week but choices of brands and quantities are not what they used to be. But it’s not crazy like it was a few months ago. They do not permit more than one or two of certain items.

    The meats are expensive, not much choice and quality not as good. Prime beef is not there. I don’t think some of it is even Choice. It’s harder than ever to stretch the food budget so cheap, nutritious, delicious recipes would be welcome.

    I eat a lot of rice with whatever I have at hand topping it. Egg and rice is a staple. I cook the rice till it’s risotto texture many times. Add whatever vegetables at hand. Try to season them and make a light sauce. Try to make them look attractive. My tomatoes and zucchini have come in so I eat a lot of that. A spiral attachment to a food processor makes great zucchini spirals and a homemade tomato sauce on top of that with a sprinkling of cheese, maybe a bit of ground meat in the mix is a great summer dinner

    Walmart’s frozen chicken leg with thigh attached is what I eat once a week and I can make group recipes using them that are cheap. I had my kids here and their SOs. I cooked a sumptuous Mideastern style meal with the chicken, spices, and a delicious zucchini tomato ratatouille. They are in screen porch room and I did not join them— because of COVID19. I’m staying away from groups of people for the next year unless they are quarantined too. Difficult to do these days and I really hurt not joining them. They think I’m being overly cautious and they are probably right.

    I eat well and it’s been a good year money wise. I have to have dental surgery which is going to cost me a lot so I’m not making out as I would be without this cropping up. Also spent a chunk on my dogs’ health. And some things for the house. I have a bad feeling next year is going to be a difficult one. The generous unemployment money and stimulus check has really lifted me financially this year. I don’t know if I’ll be working seasonally next year smack dab in middle of RSV season unless I can do it from home.

    Looking forward to yummy inexpensive healthy recipes!

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Thanks Catherine I’m also missing the human contact. I miss my grands so much. I love having them run to me for hugs and kisses. All of them at the same time. 🙂 But like you I’m staying in isolation for much longer. I’d rather be overly cautious than be sorry I wasn’t cautious enough. I’m already sick lots of the time and don’t want to take a chance on being sicker. I also have a bad feeling about next year. My fear is that absolutely everything will cost so much more and that supply won’t be able to meet demand. Not only will food and clothing cost more but so will things like water, electricity, insurance, and stuff like that will cost more. We can only do what we can do.

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  15. Diann
    June 27, 2020

    I’m in Knoxville, Tn and our virus counts are going up. The shelves are getting empy again.

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Thank you Are you stocked up just in case?

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  16. oldfashionmama
    June 27, 2020

    Here is northeast ms our shelves seem to be back to stocked. Every once in a while we are out of something like canned goods or low on meat items, but overall everyrhing seems well stocked again.

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Thanks for sharing. BTW, I love the shelf over your stove.

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  17. Linda in NE
    June 27, 2020

    I’m in a very small town….maybe 340pop….so our store isn’t the biggest. Mostly they’ve done a good job of keeping it stocked. They don’t always get everything they ordered when the truck comes and there can be spots on the shelves that get a little sparse. All in all, not too bad.

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  18. captnmike
    June 26, 2020

    Only three ingredients!!
    An old standby,
    Caution the site has a bit of political commentary (but not much)
    Hope you like it.

    Hearty Mushroom – Corn – Bacon Soup

    This is a quick and hearty soup for company. The mushroom soup blends with the cream-style corn and chopped bacon blending some of my favorite flavors together. This is very filling.

    https://mumblingmike.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/mushroom-corn-bacon-soup/

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  19. captnmike
    June 26, 2020

    I am not seeing empty shelves except for Toilet Paper and the TP is erratic and the name brand consumer brands are sometimes out, but one store has brought in some commercial TP for offices etc, 60 to 90 rolls in a box and they sell the individual rolls that have the paper wrapping like you see in restrooms for offices.

    Food shortages, not really, sometimes one item will be light, a few weeks ago I was looking for large cans of B&M Baked Beans and they were out, but the last two trips they have had proper stocking, one store three weeks ago was out of the fake Soy Milk (vanilla flavored) was out but was able to get a half gallon at a different store the next week.

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    • Anita
      June 27, 2020

      Thank you this lets me know shortages are not everywhere.

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