#SOL20: Changes

Zooming . . .


Watching a go-cart go

Different times.

Strange times.



A month ago:  $0.88

302.27% increase in a month

A jump from $0.88 to $3.54

302.27% increase in a month

And then a limit of TWO posted on a sign.

The shelf was full.

No shortage.

302.27% increase in a month

Do I dare?

Do I really need them?

Yes, it would be nice to pick up two more.

The supply in the refrigerator is diminishing.

Research:                                                                                      Range           Mostly

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BUT, they need to be boiled and dyed. It’s a tradition. And then some must be deviled for immediate consumption.

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I was shocked a month ago when a friend in the Tulsa, OK area said there weren’t any eggs available in stores. Eggs were plentiful in Iowa and in fact were $0.88 a dozen for large eggs.

“Not in the Upper Midwest,”  I said.

How quickly the lyrics changed.

I spoke too soon . . .

Do I dare purchase chickens in order to produce my own eggs? 

Or to sell to stores?

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Who benefits from the 302.27% increased price?

Not the producers. Not the folks on fixed income. Not the folks needing a cheap source of protein.  Not the folks who didn’t stock up. The shelves were full of Large and Extra Large eggs by the dozen. No cartons of medium eggs to be found.

What “shortages” have you found? 

What price increases have shocked you? 

What changes have you had to make?

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13 responses

  1. Wow, Fran. We mostly have had a shortage toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex. Eggs are large and jumbo – no medium-size eggs. Stores limit bottled water to one case per customer. Meats are pretty thin – not many packages of hamburger and steak and pork chops. Milk not as heavily stocked. Be safe! I hope things break by end June!

    1. Lynne,
      So interesting to see the variations by stores, towns, and states. A couple of weeks ago there was no 2% milk. That was a surprise. And then the next time (different store), tons of milk was on sale because of “surplus”. It’s been a hard one with demand low due to no school lunches or only “pack and go lunches.”

  2. Eggs are hard to find here too, though the price hasn’t increased that much. Not much meat; I couldn’t get lamb for Easter and I couldn’t bake Easter bread because I couldn’t buy yeast. We are eating mostly meatless meals. Fortunately, I had a pantry of supplies including rice, quinoa, beans, tuna(canned), and even Spam. I make a lot of soup and vegetable stew. We are privileged to have all we do have and I try to count my blessings.
    I do miss fresh fruit though.

    1. Diane,
      I could see one or the other – price or scarcity. But that price is almost $0.40 per egg. No longer a cheap source of protein. FL – 2 dozen eggs and 2 cans of beans are on the limit lists. We are fortunate to have a variety of meats – even buffalo has recently been added!

  3. Hmm, I have not been to an actual store in a few weeks (I have been getting groceries delivered) and so far the only sticker shock has been hand gel. I do keep trying to build my stock of things that I know may not be replenished quickly as they are from overseas (in my case oatmeal, oat milk, and skim milk) just in case…

    1. Erika,
      Deliveries in rural areas are interesting. Wow! Hadn’t thought of oatmeal as overseas even with a Quaker Oats plant nearby (within 2 hours). That’s a unique smell!

  4. Yes, I noticed the price of eggs was $3.48 a dozen for large right before Easter. I found another store where they were $1.88 for 18 eggs. That’s where I went. Our tore is low on ground meat and what they do have I would not buy based on how it looks. Never had a vegetable garden but maybe this is the year to start one.

    1. Under “essential” I did not price shop. Several of the items in the cases were not “ok” to purchase in my book. I’ve had gardens but they usually end up feeding the critters. Something to think about!

  5. Hi, Fran! I’ve been “away” and it’s so good to be back and read your writing again! There is a shortage of eggs in my area, too. I was able to find some for the bunny, thankfully, but it’s an odd item to be in search of. Who knows what will go missing next….

    1. Dana,
      Good to see you again! When I checked on the family zoom, it’s not a state-wide issue (price or restriction to 2 doz.), but yet our Floridians are restricted to 2 dozen as well. I am sure that the grocery stores hate when their shipments don’t match their pre-printed ads!

  6. clarejlandrigan | Reply

    We have all kinds of eggs here! No purell, soap, or clorox wipes. Flour and frozen peas too – my mother in law has wanted frozen peas – can’t find them anywhere!


  7. Thanks for the great chat last week, I have been cautiously using my eggs. Today, my husband was able to find another box so I don’t have to worry about using eggs for baking. Thanks for sharing what is precious by you. We are still looking for anti-bacterial lotion and my husband went to Costco at 7 this morning to make sure he could get into the store without having to wait in long lines. Stay well.

  8. Yes, eggs are in short supply. Also bread. We’ve had to change the type of bread and peanut butter we buy. Strange. Also, markets all have their ways of allowing you in. Some won’t let you bring in your own bags. Generally speaking, people are all wonderful. Making space and taking turns. We are all being good citizens, nothing like Black Friday at Best Buy!

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