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Shopping During Coronavirus Quarantine

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused shortages on certain items; medical supplies, cleaning supplies, groceries and toilet paper. Some stores are requiring social distancing, masks or are even closed during the crisis. Here are tips to help you reduce your risk while still getting essential supplies.
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I went to run some last minute errands and boy was I shocked to see all the shelves completely bare and cleared out for regular everyday essentials such from hand sanitizer, soap, toilet paper, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, to bread, can goods, dry staples (beans, pastas, rice, etc.), and frozen goods were also getting wiped out.

If you still need some essentials try to go to places you normally wouldn't for toilet paper, tissues, and cleaning supplies like: Lowes, Home Depot, Staples, and Office Depot. Chances are they are in stock, however the price may be a little more steep, but some of these stores do have coupons you could use or price match.

Another tip - If you have Amazon, you can get food shipped to your home for free if you spend $35 or more. Some companies are providing free shipping no minimum like Walgreens. Other stores not food/health related that have free shipping include Loft and Sephora. More companies will catch on because they want many people to be able to shop their store in the comfort of our homes.

Another tip - you could make a list of what kind of useful items you have and ask family, friends, neighbors if they want to trade. My sister and I are actually trading some supplies because she has two freezers with food that can last her months and I don't (had some items she needed) so we exchanged a few items.

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March 18, 2020

With everyone isolating themselves against Covid-19, more people are using curbside and delivery services, which is great for reducing contact! But, those timeslots are at a premium. I felt like I was playing a slot machine trying to get one the other day.

Especially with all of the shortages, check with neighbors, friends, and family if they need anything and combine orders. Everyone can contribute via PayPal or cash. Items can be left out for pickup on porches. No additional contact needed. This is an excellent help for so many people. Think. If you combine with 3 friends, that means that 3 groups of people wont be wandering the stores and/or 3 less timeslots are needed.

Please remember to thank all of the people who are still working in the service industry. They are literally risking their lives so that you can get groceries.

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I went shopping for my sister's family today so she wouldn't have to leave her house. Here are some thoughts and tips about what to look out for when shopping during a stay at home order.

Groceries and supplies dropped off on the porch.

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If you need groceries an alternative would be ordering off Amazon via Amazon Fresh or Amazon Whole Foods. It is free shipping if you spend $35 or more for Amazon members.

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I received an email today from Albersons Companies containing an update on their efforts and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing that immediately stood out was the setting of special shopping hours for senior citizens and other vulnerable shoppers from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They ask that other customers avoid shopping during this time.

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I wanted to share an e-mail my husband received from UPS. As stores run out of supplies and we are being asked to remain at home except for necessary trips to the market, pharmacy, doctor, etc. and to practice social distancing when out and about this message may help alleviate concerns some consumers may have about the COVID-19 and receiving UPS deliveries.

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In our household, we have not gone grocery shopping physically in stores in over 5 weeks. I have tried 4 new food services since then and I would like to share with you my first impressions, thoughts and reviews.

A box of fresh produce; carrots, zucchini, strawberries, cabbage, etc.

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