Toilet paper is going to be rationed again at Costco and other stores in the USA. I think Toilet paper is wonderful but it is easily replaced by a sponge and a bucket full of breach water, a bidet and rags that are washed. Is it a little gross using a sponge rather than flush and forget Toilet paper? Yes! Is it a crisis not to have TP? No it is not a crisis level event. I recommend you use color coded sponges and a bucket of bleach water to sanitize and clean the sponges. You could use rags, phone book pages but it is not something to panic over.
Gatorade seems very sensitive to supply chain issues. I recommend you buy powder Drink mixes like Tang, Kool aid, Country time and yes Gatorade makes a powder mix though it is only in the orange flavor. Fizzy drinks AKA soda pop flavors are getting in short supply. I think Ginger ales should be added to everyone’s med supplies as ginger is good for nausea and also works great for gas, but tastes better than Baking soda. I know a lot of people that prefer lemon-lime sodas when you are sick but I think a natural Ginger ale is a bit better as a multi-tasker of fluid replacement and anti-gas, anti-nausea soda.
Liquor like Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and other smaller retailers in the USA have a supply issue of getting glass bottles and have become hard to get in some states. If you want a well stocked bar for the holidays or want hard liquor for your prep supplies I recommend you start stocking up now and not wait for the rush of the Holidays. Buying one or two bottles a week or every 2 weeks should not send up any red flags. If you start now.
I live in Idaho that generally has low electricity prices because of all the Hydro power via dams. But most of the reservoir’s behind the dams are low on water going into fall so they may not have the water level to run the turbines of those dams. I hate praying for it, but we need a very heavy snow fall and very cold temps that keeps a lot of that water frozen during the spring melt. In Idaho we had a good winter snowfall this year but we had a fast warm up in spring and a very little spring rains. You add in politicians that have short term thinking about draining reservoirs to placate the Greenies you get less power production and less water for the farmers that grow food.
I’m not against commercial Agriculture in the USA. We do feed a lot of the world. But it is not all good and being local is also a good thing. Your garden is about as local as it can get and you don’t need a trucker to get food from your garden to your table. I know it takes some effort to find local suppliers and I live in the middle of a big agricultural area. I’m seeing the difference of prices of buying local and buying from the local mega-mart shift. Its not so much that local prices are coming down in price as the local mega-marts prices are jumping up in cost, but dropping in quality and quantity.