Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Hoard Groceries
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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Hoard Groceries

Posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 at 7:00 am
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2022 marks the third year of the coronavirus pandemic. Each year, there have been some people who panicked and hoarded groceries and household goods. You might remember photos and videos from 2020 of people pushing overflowing carts of toilet paper. While hoarding might make some people less anxious – it causes problems for everyone else.

Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t hoard groceries:

Supply Chain issues are a big reason why you can no longer easily find the groceries you expected to buy. Supply chain issues have caused major slowdowns in the trucking industry. There is a backup at ports with full containers that cannot be loaded onto a truck.

The result is that your local grocery store has fewer products than it would have had before the pandemic. Seeing empty shelves could cause some people to feel the need to hoard groceries. When the next person goes to that grocery store, they will discover that the hoarders took it all.

There is plenty of food out there. But, it can’t reach the stores as quickly as it used to due to supply chain issues.

Grocery stores are running with a limited work force. Grocery store workers are getting sick with Covid and staying home, or are quarantined after being exposed to someone who had Covid. This puts a strain on the workers who have to work short handed.

Fewer workers means that grocery stores may be unable to restock the shelves with whatever food is in the back. People who hoard groceries might buy more than they need of milk, eggs, and toilet paper. Again, this means there will be less for the next shoppers.

Hoarding groceries is expensive. It means your family has to spend more than typical on food and household items. Continuing to hoard groceries during a pandemic could break your budget. It also puts you at risk of having the foods rot away before you could eat them.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.