On Blaming Food “Hoarders” & “Panic Buying” Smart People For Stocking Up, And The Absolute Cheapest Meal From The Grocery Store In All Of America Right Now

Flip real estate? Sure. Gamble in the Rigged Casino? Fine. Buy & sell “crypto” “currency”? Fine too. But take food security into your own hands? Not for much longer…

(by Half Dollar) If you are an American, it’s not like it’s even really a choice.

There’s a reason the Constitution says only gold & silver are money, you know.

And if Americans want less overall Economic Misery and Financial Ruin, then every single American should be doing his or her own part to speed up the US Dollar hyperinflation, because with the way food prices are skyrocketing, we’ll all soon be yearning for the good-old days of the chocolate shortages and the elderly quietly eating dog food twice-a-day.

Why I gotta carry that 46-pound bag of “complete nutrition” to your car?

Everybody knows you ain’t got no 3 pit bulls, granny!

It’s simple, really: Starve the Beast.

If one wants to put an end to our fiscal & monetary insanity, then there is only one way to do it.

For one cannot defeat the Beast, much less even fight it.

One can only starve it.

There is no other way.

Fortunately, there are many ways to Starve the Beast, and building out a massive food reserve right now seems to me like one great way to help do it.

Figuratively.

Or literally.

Or whatever.

It will probably also be a matter of survival, but I’m not the one to get all doom-n-gloomy.

Let’s think positive, and let me say, I used to think that having a few months’ worth of food as savings, which is really so much more than just savings, actually, was sufficient, but the more I think about it, and the more my wallet complains about it, coupled with the fact that there are now four adult-sized hungry people in the house, as well as a Canine American, the more I realize that it would be better to have even more food in reserve than just a few months’ worth.

It also means being realistic in my thinking, and it means accepting the fact that I am woefully behind the hyperinflation curve because it takes a heck of a lot of food to keep four hungry people well fed.

Hopefully I’m ahead of the mass human suffering curve, but that remains to be seen.

Regardless, just like all people who have limited increasingly-worthless money and the hopes that doing something with it is far better than doing nothing, while in the market for some pasta sauce the other day, it dawned on me that many of the foods my family eats on a regular basis can last for many years in storage, straight from the grocery store shelves and the distribution warehouses!

I know, right?

The ability for insight at the baseline idiotic level.

It’s mind-blowing!

It further dawned on me that if food prices are going to continue surging, as food prices have surged for the last 18 months, then why not build out a stockpile of food for my family that can keep my family fed for at least a few years?

Supplemented with fresh fruits & veggies, meat and dairy while they’re still available at affordable prices before the involuntary return to more home harvested, hunted, fished, foraged and slaughtered food, of course?

And while I’ll admit, I haven’t spent the time doing the math and crunching the numbers of exactly how much food I’ll need to buy, winging it and getting way too much food is better than needing it and not having it.

Besides, right now, there is no more such thing as the traditional “store sale” because it’s really more of a mad scramble just trying to find anything in stock that has not doubled in price over the last 24 hours.

And no, I’m not really kidding about that.

IT’S NOT “HOARDING”, IT’S SMART

If Joe Deplorable and his family are facing fast-rising food prices with no real end in sight, why would Joe not try to stock up on as much food as possible that will not expire for many years?

I’m especially thinking about food such as dried beans, rice, pasta, sauces, spices, flour, peanut butter, tuna, cooking fats & oils, and so on, and so forth.

And by many years, I also mean, in many instances, the food being good to eat well after the stated expiration dates, for “expiration dates” are really more like “guidelines” at best, and “marketing department contrived, legal department approved churn-scams” at worst.

Like, do you even change your car’s oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, bro?

Furthermore, when I ran the soup kitchen in North Carolina, we were always able to offer peanut butter and bread with the meals that we served, and while the peanut butter was a few years past the expiration date, the peanut butter was still tasty and, more importantly, served in its role as food.

Granted, this must have been under “ideal storage conditions”, for whatever that means, and depending on the food, eating stuff that has expired could make you super sick or worse, so a little more than common sense is needed, and definitely do not eat anything when there is doubt.

But I digress.

THE SHORTAGES ARE GETTING WORSE

People may or may not know, but I am in fact a Master Pizza Baker and the Inventor of Stuffed-Crust Pizza, so pizza is kind of near and dear to my heart.

I’m also an avid follower of pizza price inflation.

So it should come as no surprise that while scavenging the wastelands for some oven-baked goodness just yesterday, well, this:

That’s doubleplusungood!

Indeed, just like the Great Value brand is generally one of the lowest price points for food in general, Little Caesars is one of the lowest price points for pizza specifically.

And if the Proles want a little luxury in their lives, such as eating pizza, then lowest price points matter.

Here’s the question: What happens when what you need, or want, is not available at any price?

Yikes!

And despite who or what is responsible for this particular business having to severely cut back on its production, something which no business would do by choice, the bottom line is that “not open” means “higher prices” as I’m pretty sure that people still need to eat.

THE CHEAPEST MEAL IN ALL OF AMERICA RIGHT NOW

There is a point in trying to write something coherent today: I recently wrote about how the price of an American staple food had skyrocketed by 45% in just a matter of a few days, but today, Thursday, I must say that the price of another American staple food has nearly doubled overnight!

You see, as I explained on Monday, in my opinion, businesses such as Walmart and Costco are having a hard time keeping their in-store and online prices in sync, and not only that, but for whatever reason, some available food items have escaped the nasty price spikes, but it’s hit or miss and quite possibly a thing of luck.

For example, yesterday I saw that I could buy nearly a pound of pasta for $0.56 at Walmart:

So I immediately bought as much as I could.

Which is all that Walmart would let me buy.

But hey, 2400 grams of pasta for $3.36, delivered to my door?

How is that even possible?

Meh.

Doesn’t matter.

Because as of today, less than 24 hours later, it is no longer possible:

Not even at double the price!

Now sure, I’m not talking about a calorie-by-calorie breakdown, but in my opinion, one pound of pasta for under $1 and a 24-ounce can of pasta sauce for under $1 make the absolute cheapest meal.

But only if you can get it.

Which brings me to my overall point about the absolute cheapest meal in all of America right now:

As shown in Walmart’s software “glitch”, Walmart did cancel the 10 jars of pasta sauce on me, just as expected!

Again, what happens when food is simply not available?

Good luck butchering the DoggieCoin and sticking it into the slow cooker!

ON BUYING TOMATO SAUCE IN THE CAN

I got a sweet email about my Monday article, and I think it’s a great point which may be very beneficial to other readers, so I’m going to share the email’s main point it here:

“Please think carefully about stocking any highly acidic canned food. The cans though coated with a plastic will corrode eventually. Nothing more heart wrenching then expecting the food to be available only to see the can tops are bumped up”

Thanks for the words of wisdom as that is something to consider, and most definitely, do not even open any bulging cans!

If you’ve ever had to deal with many-years-old canned food, something that is common when running a soup kitchen or starting a grassroots community food pantry, then you will know that bulging cans are indeed a thing, but thankfully, in my own personal experience, bulging cans are also not all too common.

For example, I have personally seen bulging cans of green beans, which I wouldn’t even recommend buying, but I’ve yet to see bulging tomato sauce/pasta sauce cans, although my memory may be failing me on that particular detail.

Nonetheless, no matter what canned food a person is buying, it is always best to try to buy the cans that do not have the pop-tops, but if possible, buy the cans that are fully sealed and require a can opener to open.

That said, when it comes to canned food in general, if the canned food will last for a few years based on its expiration date alone, then in my opinion, if storage conditions allow, it is indeed worth stockpiling that specific canned food, for between the rising prices of the food itself, and the rising prices of the metal, the glass, the plastic lining, and all of that other sweet stuff that makes food storage possible, especially considering the so-called “labor shortages” and the “supply chain disruptions”, then buying canned pasta sauce in a 24-ounce can for less than $1 in late 2021 kind of sounds like one of the most undervalued investments a person can make.

Hyperinflation is transitory.

But only if one survives it…