Yeah, I just had to go to the dollar store around the corner the other day to get some stuff and maybe get a few extra staples for the pantry (oils, sugar, etc.) And imagine my surprise when the half shelf-set of Ramen was totally empty.
The cheapest, quick-make, versatile food on the shelf was gone. In Freaking JULY. When nobody but weirdos like me might consider having a bowl of Ramen soup because it’s 100F outside (and have on occasion).
Makes me think that people are stocking up while they have the funds and filling their cabinet, expecting lean times ahead. And it wasn’t just the dollar store. I was chatting with another shopper and she said she’d been to Walmart and there was no ramen there, either. And the grocery store in town is almost always out even when no one else is, so I can only guess they were the first stop.
When basic stores are running out of one of the cheapest packaged quick-make widespread foods… that’s a sign to me that things are not doing well. And most pantry staples are likely not far away as prices go up. But somehow the talking points about the economy seem so positive.
Why? Those of us on the ground have eyes. And we shop. And we see the store shelves with big gaps in them where product should be (though in bigger stores, I’m inclined to blame them also for not having enough stockpersons in the back–I’m willing to work those jobs. I like inventory and stocking work, dammit. Hire me!… okay, rant over).
And then I happened to find this segment on my YouTube feed, and all those little niggling thoughts in the back of my head were voiced. And in my case, this is far too bloody accurate. Hope you’re all doing better than this says. Be well: