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Yesterday I was at the local grocery discounters, scoping out deals. Got some good stuff, but no more canned chicken, which my life goes through like crazy. I was slipping through the store when I noticed two guys going over a list written on the back of an envelope, talking about things that don't need refridgeration, and mentioning that the dried rice and beans were in the next aisle. Sure enough, they had cases of things in their cart, just like I did. As they generally go tin my way, I noticed them stacking cans of cream of chicken in their cart. "Hmmmm" I thought, ".40 a can? Good price" As they meandered on, I walked over, grabbed a can and flipped it. The stamped date read 9-10-07. Yuck.

After doing the rest of my shopping, they guys were still going down the aisle, and as I slipped past them, I said, in a low voice. "Hey man, I just wanted to say something, since it looks like you guys are buying for storage... the cream of chicken expired last year. The guy raised his eyebrow and thanked me.

As I was standing in the checkout line, I heard the first guy go up and ask his buddy, "Man, you get cream of chicken?"

"Yeah, you told me to."

He pulled out a can, and flipped it over, "Man, you gotta check the dates!"

I laughed to myself, figuring they now knew the big secret to the discounters, and I'd have to be much more dilligent to keep stocked on canned chicken.

Have any of you guys ever approached other people who are obviously on the same tack as us and talked with them? I don't really want to make friends, but a little bit of community might be nice. Like the old ladies quick to tell a young bachelor what to watch out for when buying squash. . . ;)

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There are maybe 100 survivalist, TEOTWAWKIminded, in my whole country so no, I usually don´t talk to any...
 

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I do occasionally hear folks (mostly women) in the store while I'm shopping discussing the price of food and the situation that the country is in. Sometimes I might say something casual along the lines of: It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to have a little extra food set aside 'just in case'.

I think what you did was the right thing and I probably would have done the same thing myself.

I try to keep a low profile about stocking up on food. But I've noticed that cashiers and even other shoppers are starting to be a bit more verbal lately about comments on the amount of food that I have in my cart.

I'm not sure if I attribute it to more people waking up to what's about to happen and that folks are genuinely frightened or if it's my own paranoia.
 

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I think it is the combination of all aspects. Since we just had a break from severe weather, it's nothing out of the ordinary to see people stocking. My cashiers generally only comment when I hit limits. Generally I only buy bulk amounts when they are really cheap, so they must just assume I'm bargan minded.
 

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I've had lots of conversations with like-minded people. One of the nicest conversations was with a couple in the local grocery. We met at the baking section and ended up gabbing 'prepping' for about 45 min. They had just as much in their cart as I did. We don't have a Sam's or Costco around here, so most people stock at the local grocery, and the store does have some very good sales.

I was out and about a few weeks ago and ran into a new bargain store. I saw that almost every type of canned good they had was expired already. :(Super cheap, though.
 

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Just today, shopping at your typical grocery store, hubby and I were ONLY buying sale items, and checking all the dates.. I think I taught him a thing or two.. hehe.
Well, ONE thing on my list (sale or not !) was some canning jars, and especially more lids to go with jars I have. Since they're so seasonal, I willingly hunted in the weirdest places, and way up top, etc. NONE ! NOTHING !! (have seen them there before)
So, I asked one of the clerks, and he directed me to the manager, who was checking folks out. Even he wasn't sure if they'd ordered more supplies, since running out last Sept !! He discussed it with another man, and NO, they had not. Sigh. None, nowhere to be had.
Turns out he was our checkout dude when we were done, and again we talked a bit about it, so I spoke up and told him he'd never go wrong to start selling those again after the holidays, since I KNOW I'm not the only one around who's preparing their own pantries for 'something' around the corner. I was somewhat surprised to see the look on his face.
That 'yeah, ya got that right!' look, and he said he knows of alot of folks thinking, planning and stocking up along those lines.
Situations just seem to present themselves now and then, and I won't be shy about gently speaking up, as you did .. maybe not in my DOOM voice, but just hinting and hoping they might consider the same.
 

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If a clerk comments about the amounts of food I'm buying, I just tell them I'm buying for two households. I'm always buying two and three of several items in my cart.
 

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Sometimes it's hard to keep a low profile, like when your buying 15 gallons of cooking oil and a case of salsa. People in my town know I have a heating business not a cafe.
The way I shop, nobody asks any questions anymore.
 

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Generally, when I'm in a position to bring up prepping I'm in the persons house. {I'm a plumber} Trying to bring up prepping while you are in the persons castle can be very touchy. The people are already on edge due to damage to their house, the cost of the bill, etc and here you are commenting on their stash.

Usually I just make a casual remark about the amount of food or whatever to feel them out. If they don't clam up and get that "Oh s*@#, he knows looks" I might go a little further. At the end of the call I usually write the web address here on the invoice without further comment. After that, many more folks are willing to talk on when I reture for something else.

We actually started keeping a list of preppers at the shop. If TSHTF maybe they would be good folks to look up. Organize some trade or a comm network and what-not.
 

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What the hell are you guys talking about ? When trying to bypass the new SAMS CLUB company policy concerning bakery buckets,I chase down a manager, and LITERALLY openly state that I'm buying bulk food "in preparation for the devaluation of the dollar,the impending global depression and the ensuing food riots", and the Sams club managers just smile and nod, then make the call to the bakery girls,giving me the green light to cart off another half dozen food-grade buckets, and then go back to their paperwork.
I'M SERIOUS!!!! No one gives a F#@K because they don' t believe anything's going to happen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And some of you guys are afraid to buy TWO whole cases of beans because some clown may send a fax to FEMA that you're hoarding food !!! LOL !!!!! :D:
 

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seeing that here too

Yesterday I was at the local grocery discounters, scoping out deals. Got some good stuff, but no more canned chicken, which my life goes through like crazy. I was slipping through the store when I noticed two guys going over a list written on the back of an envelope, talking about things that don't need refridgeration, and mentioning that the dried rice and beans were in the next aisle. Sure enough, they had cases of things in their cart, just like I did. As they generally go tin my way, I noticed them stacking cans of cream of chicken in their cart. "Hmmmm" I thought, ".40 a can? Good price" As they meandered on, I walked over, grabbed a can and flipped it. The stamped date read 9-10-07. Yuck.

After doing the rest of my shopping, they guys were still going down the aisle, and as I slipped past them, I said, in a low voice. "Hey man, I just wanted to say something, since it looks like you guys are buying for storage... the cream of chicken expired last year. The guy raised his eyebrow and thanked me.

As I was standing in the checkout line, I heard the first guy go up and ask his buddy, "Man, you get cream of chicken?"

"Yeah, you told me to."

He pulled out a can, and flipped it over, "Man, you gotta check the dates!"

I laughed to myself, figuring they now knew the big secret to the discounters, and I'd have to be much more dilligent to keep stocked on canned chicken.

Have any of you guys ever approached other people who are obviously on the same tack as us and talked with them? I don't really want to make friends, but a little bit of community might be nice. Like the old ladies quick to tell a young bachelor what to watch out for when buying squash. . . ;)

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have bumped into some here as well

they might be stocking up while they have money or in case a storm is coming soon

but definitely seeing more BMWs at the dollar general

and other "rural Americans" buying more than their share
 

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I have had comments made to me, like one time, this hot brunette just came up to me, saw the fact that I had 6, 5.5lb bags of frozen veggies, 2 big bags of apples, pears, and plumbs, to say "Wow!! You are a good eater!!!"

We chatted, and talked about health and fitness stuff all the way till the butcher's cooler. I was really making progress with her!!! I could feel the exchange of phone numbers coming in short order!!!

It ended when I bought a bunch of ground beef.... :(

Now mind you, I was a prepper for Y2k, but stopped once that was over. I am starting again now, but for the most part I generally buy food for the whole month so I can avoid the store as long as possible, rather than to prep. for an emergency. This is what I was doing that day.
 

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I have had comments made to me, like one time, this hot brunette just came up to me, saw the fact that I had 6, 5.5lb bags of frozen veggies, 2 big bags of apples, pears, and plumbs, to say "Wow!! You are a good eater!!!"

We chatted, and talked about health and fitness stuff all the way till the butcher's cooler. I was really making progress with her!!! I could feel the exchange of phone numbers coming in short order!!!

It ended when I bought a bunch of ground beef.... :(

Now mind you, I was a prepper for Y2k, but stopped once that was over. I am starting again now, but for the most part I generally buy food for the whole month so I can avoid the store as long as possible, rather than to prep. for an emergency. This is what I was doing that day.
i shop this way as well but recently have found it worth the money savings to "target shop" whatever is on sale weekly for stocking up - gotta be like 30% cheaper at least to make it worth the headache though
 

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I'd like to get into canning. Then buy double my normal 5.5 frozen veggies so I can can half of them every month.

I want to figure out how to make jellies and jams too. Then I can buy the big 5.5lb of blueberries and make canned jams out of them.

Anyone ever mix crushed blueberries into hamburger meat? WOW was that an unexpected yummy taste combo!
 

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I'd like to get into canning. Then buy double my normal 5.5 frozen veggies so I can can half of them every month.

I want to figure out how to make jellies and jams too. Then I can buy the big 5.5lb of blueberries and make canned jams out of them.

Anyone ever mix crushed blueberries into hamburger meat? WOW was that an unexpected yummy taste combo!
can frozen vegetables???

LOL there's a plan.
 

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I try to avoid talking about this with people I do not know or trust. If someone approaches me or tries to talk about it, I usually just kind of play dumb, tell them I'm going camping or helping out a friend who is unemployed. I only talk about my preps with family members who are like minded or close friends who make preps too. I don't even like to discuss it with other family or in-laws that do not think like I do. They either think you're a nut, or plan on comming to your house when TSHTF. I've even heard of people following other people to their homes to find out where they live when making big purchases. They may not follow me home for beans and rice, but I just don't trust people that I don't know, enough to discuss such things. You never know who is listening or what type of people they are.
 

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can frozen vegetables???

LOL there's a plan.
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Why not? There is only so much room in the freezer, and in an emergency where the power goes out, i will only loose a small amount of food that way.

If the power does go, I can then can the contents of my freezer and limit my losses even more.

Untill I can, can the veggies, I will dehydrate half of them and store them dry. Last time I did this was for Y2K. They lasted until this summer, when I ate them in soups.

I simply don't see why you would object to the concept. It is a perfectly rational way to store food, either long term, or for times when the power goes out.
 

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obviously it would be MUCH cheaper to buy it on sale and canned, how ridiculous.
 

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I try to keep a low profile about stocking up on food. But I've noticed that cashiers and even other shoppers are starting to be a bit more verbal lately about comments on the amount of food that I have in my cart.

I'm not sure if I attribute it to more people waking up to what's about to happen and that folks are genuinely frightened or if it's my own paranoia.
I'm getting more comments, too.
Even today when I didn't buy all that much.
 
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