My Coronavirus Grocery Haul: Here’s What I Bought

Good Morning Friends,

Last night I waited with bated breath for the Captain to come home. “It’s brilliant!” I said to him, “we’ll do our grocery haul tonight instead of our normal Friday night. That way the shops will be even less crowded”. After receiving word from my husband’s work that it would be likely of them shutting down and working from home, we decided to do a large grocery haul to stock up for the rest of the month. The goal was simple: buy items with a long pantry life AND purchase items that should we have flu-like symptoms, they could ease our discomfort as much as possible. “Let’s go!” I chirped to the Captain and off we went to the store. I had it in my mind that on a Thursday night that was drizzling with rain, the parking lot would be empty. I envisioned large aisles of product just waiting for me to leisurely browse.

I was wrong. Very wrong.

Keeping my teenage daughter at home, we headed into what I can only describe as a chaotic beehive of people with the same fear and anxiety that I have been feeling. I felt like I was in supermarket sweep. We pulled into our local Food 4 Less and suddenly it was a mad dash to get to the canned section of the store. Cases upon cases of bottled water were flying off of the shelves. “It’s like Black Friday” my husband muttered, “just… not as fun”. I let out a giggle and we kept shopping. After combing emergency prepper websites and Googling the longest shelf-life food items, I had compiled a list of what I wanted to keep in my house to help us ride out this pandemic. As of this writing no cases have been reported in my county. But everyone can tangibly feel the stress and anxiety in the air.

Here’s what we put into our grocery cart: 

  • 1 large bag of “just add water” pancake mix
  • Several bottles of maple syrup
  • 1 large jar of honey
  • 1 big jar of peanut butter
  • 1 big jar of jelly
  • Several loaves of bread (some to freeze for the end of the month)
  • Several boxes of green tea
  • 2 boxes of granola bars
  • 6 bags of ramen noodles
  • 2 big tubs of quick oats
  • 10 bags of dry pasta (various kinds)
  • 10 jars of marinara sauce
  • 2 boxes of Cheez-it crackers
  • 4 boxes of unsalted saltines
  • 10 family-size cans of chicken soup
  • 4 boxes stuffing
  • 1 large box potato flakes
  • 2 cartons rice milk
  • 2 cartons coconut milk
  • 1 big bottle of Tylenol
  • 1 tub of Vick’s vapor rub
  • 3 bags of cough drops
  • 1 big bottle of aspirin

We also had a large supply at home of: 

  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex/ facial tissues
  • Feminine pads
  • Lysol cleaning products
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar (for cleaning)
  • Extra sponges
  • Extra laundry detergent

So there we were finally finished shopping and ready to check out. We had wanted to buy an enormous bag of rice, but everything was sold out. Looking at the checkout lines we inhaled and patiently looped around to the very back of the line. Twenty more people quickly filed in line behind us. Everyone was on their phone or chit chatting with their shopping cart neighbor. An older woman in front of us looked around impatiently. “I know why we’re all here in line like this” she sputtered. A woman to her side looked over at her. “We all know why the lines are like this” she said in an annoyed tone. The Captain and I smirked at each other but remained quiet. We usually don’t get involved in drama.

The lines inched along. Silently I enjoyed looking at peoples shopping carts seeing what they purchased. Many were stockpiling meat for the freezer. Others couldn’t buy enough toilet paper. Still others had so much water that they could build a raft after their consumption. I saw a very stressed out mom in the line glance at the Easter chocolate. (Yes, they are already rolling it out on the shelves). Without a word she snatched a bag and plopped it into her cart. Me too, I thought, I get your stress, Mama! It made me smile.

It was a simple reminder that we are all in this situation together. Sick or not, old or young, we are all in this time of fighting against a nasty virus. We’re all desperately trying to prepare, cleanse, and hope that we don’t catch it. We’re all praying, meditating, and sending out healing energy to those who do. We’re all taking a breath to stay calm in front of our children. It can be difficult. But you know what? It’s going to be okay. 🙂 ❤ Sending each and every one of you a giant hug and lots of positive vibes.

Hang in there, everyone! This too shall pass!

Much love,

~Kitten xx

1qst7s

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