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When My Stockpile Comes in handy (and a Strike Note)

 

I can’t say I’ve been  stockpiling because there is a massive hurricane coming–or snow storm. I guess in California there is no real “natural disaster” that would allow my stockpile to be worthy of…execpt maybe a massive grocery store strike.

The last 72 hours I have been waiting. I’ve been checking the news–waiting to see if over 62,000 California grocery workers will replace their uniforms with pickit signs.

If the strike does happen, I will take advantage of my stockpile and live off of it until the stores have calmed. I remember back in 2004 of the last strike..and personally..I don’t want to be subjective to some of those things.

My solution if this strike does happen:

Walmart. I will do this to avoid any conflict. I can price match pretty much anything I may need to. although…for the right deal, I will pass the pickit lines. 🙂

Sadly, Ralphs has annouced that they will close their doors if this happens. I don’t like that.

I don’t have any opinion on the strike.

I simply believe that if you believe in something, you should stand up for it.  I also believe that you shouldn’t take for granted things that are given to you.

Strike or no Strike. Everything here on Southern Cali Saver will go on as normal…:)

Please: I will leave comments open but If I feel your comment is at all inappropriate or unnecessary..I will delete it. I am fine with everyone having opinions but I am not about bashing or name calling.

  • Michele says:

    I personally have a hard time with people striking in this economic environment. Speaking on behalf of what used to be a two income family down to a 0 income family due to lay offs over the past couple years, I feel people should be grateful they are working. But that is just my opinion.

  • HeidiW says:

    A sizable earthquake would definitely be a natural disaster!

  • Heatherly says:

    We did a big shop today at Vons in prep for this strike. I will cross the line if need be but can live off the pantry(s) and freezer for a while. Unfortunately, my baby cows would *die* without their milk so I have to go for that but can hit TJs and Target.

  • Jenn says:

    If Ralphs is closing for the strike, I wonder how quickly they will go out of business afterwards. One trip toStaters/Winco and they may find they can find things much, much cheaper with little effort.

  • Leslie says:

    @Michele – I totally agree with you. I have family members that work at Ralphs – my nephew is the sole provider for his family – his wife and 4 kids, and I am afraid for them. They had to file for bankruptcy when the strike in 2004 happened.

  • Heatherly says:

    How will Ralphs deal with their perishables if they close? Deals???

  • Christina says:

    I have a friend who works at one of the grocery stores and i can tell you that MOST of the employees do not want to go on strike. Things aren’t always as they seem, and sometimes they don’t really have a choice.

  • Gloria says:

    Oh no, I don’t live anywhere near a Walmart! My stockpile isn’t so big, and of course I’ll still need to find a way to get milk/meats. But I’ll follow @Heatherly and stick to Target for that stuff. Guess we’re eating pasta for a while…

  • Rynn says:

    I’m a newbie when it comes to couponing so I’ve barely started to build up a stockpile. I also agree that it is a bad time for a strike because so many people who are suffering won’t understand what they are striking for & so many employees were hurt by the last strike. However, I didn’t cross the picket lines last time, and I won’t this time, even if I don’t agree with the strike.

  • Rynn says:

    Excellent point about the earthquake!@HeidiW

  • Jeneva says:

    So glad all of my Target locations expanded and now have a huge grocery area. =)

  • Terry says:

    Thank God for Stater Bros.! I remember during the last strike, Stater Bros. was always busy!

  • erin of twins says:

    I will be shopping more at Trader Joes, Sprouts, Costco and Walmart (although that is a 25 minute drive for me). I have a good stockpile (6 weeks worth?) of meat in the freezer. Our Traget is set to open a fresh grocery section wihting the next 8 weeks…so that is good timing.

  • Dana O says:

    So, is the strike happening for sure?

  • christa says:

    Times are hard. They should be happy they have a job and not strike. I know I’m happy I do and I wouldn’t strike if my hours were cut or if I had to pay more for insurance. I’d just be happy I still have a job.

  • Gracie says:

    I feel for the workers having to go on strike, but it upsets me more Ralph’s threatening to close their stores making it the fault of the striking workers.
    Luckily in North OC, I have 2 Targets, Walmart, Trader Joes, Mother Market, and Sprouts within a 3 mile radius.
    I do not plan on crossing unless a deal = FREE or an unbelievable price.

  • Tiffaney says:

    I I heard on local news that Ralps and Albertson’s stores will be closing but the strike will not affect Vons? Is this true,? The local news was a little vague about the whole thing I was hoping for more info…

  • sarah m says:

    Can some one tell me why they are going on a strike. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock!

  • Leslie says:

    @sarah m – They have been working without a contract since March, but the main thing they are disputing is the health benefits.

  • jamie says:

    When the stores had their last strike a few years ago I worked at a bank in Stater’s and they did not strike along with the other stores. They said they agreed not to. It might be worth checking into if they strike again.

  • Mary Ann says:

    As an employer (albeit a very small company) I know how hard it is in this economy to keep the doors open. We even had to LOWER our prices to keep customers. Our employees, who get a percentage of each job they do, agreed with it. Some money is better than no money. Everyone needs to be thankful that they even have a job in this downturn.

    I read that they will have to pay more for their medical insurance — something like $23 a week for their whole family? I don’t even have a great policy — Kaiser with $20 co-payments and $300 a day hospital, etc… and we pay $936 a month just for me and my husband!

    I can’t support this strike at all. I have plenty in my stockpile to NOT have to cross the picket lines, but I will anyway if there are deals good enough to get me to the store. I won’t hold my feelings back if the picketers decide to give me a hard time, either.

  • Laura says:

    Crossing picket lines, regardless of whether or not the workers support the strike, is only rewarding corporations for not upholding basic employer-held responsibilities. Crossing picket lines for a great deal means walking past the faces of the people who bag and ring up your groceries, telling them that profits will still be gained by their corporate employer regardless of working conditions and benefits.

    For people saying that these employees should be grateful for even having jobs, I can understand that sentiment to a point. The flip side of that is that these people aren’t bargaining for extravagent raises or benefit increases – they are fighting for medical coverage costs and fair wages. Having a job means little when your out of pocket medical expenses exceed your income and you have declare bankruptcy because of them.

    Workers of the world unite.

  • Jaclyn says:

    @Heatherly – I was wondering the SAME thing! 😉

  • Jaclyn says:

    Went to Ralphs in OC at midnight tonight……my boys were out of milk for the morning. Thankfully their was no striking so I stocked up on milk to throw in the freezer. (Alta Dena small sizes are .99 & has the Real California Milk logo…use the .55 coupon, which my Ralphs doubles= FREE) The cashier told me that things have been postponed until Tuesday- one more day to stock up! Ralphs also had a sign on the door- “taking applications” & the pay is $10-$13 an hour- looks like they may stay open anyways! Hmmmm…. One a side note my Ralphs had Driscoll’s raspberries for $1.00 (not sure if this was a “special” or all Ralphs) & I think their is a printable coupon still out there making them free.

  • Denise l.a says:

    Wow! W/ the holidays around d corner I might take advantage of this part time opportunity .

    Originally Posted By JaclynWent to Ralphs in OC at midnight tonight……my boys were out of milk for the morning. Thankfully their was no striking so I stocked up on milk to throw in the freezer. (Alta Dena small sizes are .99 & has the Real California Milk logo…use the .55 coupon, which my Ralphs doubles= FREE) The cashier told me that things have been postponed until Tuesday- one more day to stock up! Ralphs also had a sign on the door- “taking applications” & the pay is $10-$13 an hour- looks like they may stay open anyways! Hmmmm…. One a side note my Ralphs had Driscoll’s raspberries for $1.00 (not sure if this was a “special” or all Ralphs) & I think their is a printable coupon still out there making them free.

  • leticia says:

    @Jaclyn – how long would the milk hold in the freezer?? Wouldn’t it go bad after expiration date??

  • christa says:

    I will cross picket lines if it is convenient for me. I have Staters and T Joes close so I’ve been going to those stores lately anyway, but I’m one who went from a 2 income family to a 1 income family in this downturn. I’ll probably send my husband out to apply to work at one of the strike stores too.

  • Jeannie says:

    @Jaclyn – The raspberries were an 8 hour sale. You got lucky!

  • Stephanie B says:

    I think it’s time to face reality! Everyone’s benefits are going up. There has been talk with my employer for the last year. They have warned us that the cost of health care this year is going up, it is a side affect of Obama care. I supported the workers in the last strive of 2004.

    I live in a town, population about 20,000. We have 2 grocery stores, Stater Bros. and Vons. I avoid Stater Bros, becuase most of the town shops there. I cannot and will not support this strike. I think it is unrealistic to think that we can continue to receive benefits year after year with cost staying the same.

  • Mary Ann says:

    Originally Posted By LauraFor people saying that these employees should be grateful for even having jobs, I can understand that sentiment to a point. The flip side of that is that these people aren’t bargaining for extravagent raises or benefit increases – they are fighting for medical coverage costs and fair wages. Having a job means little when your out of pocket medical expenses exceed your income and you have declare bankruptcy because of them.

    Workers of the world unite.

    How are their out-of-pocket medical expenses exceeding their income causing them to declare bankruptcy? With them having to pay $9 weekly for a single person to have medical insurance or $23 for their whole family, I think they’re getting an awesome deal. I’m sure their policy is better than what I’m able to provide for my employees or for me and my husband, too. As I said before, we pay $936 a month ($468 for ME and $468 for my husband) for our Kaiser Permanente HMO policy (plus what we pay for our employees coverage). I would be ecstatic to only pay $23 a week!

    Also, these grocery workers are eligible to GET those benefits only working 16 hours a week! That’s unheard of anywhere else. I can’t even OFFER my employees medical insurance through our group policy unless they work at least 30 hours a week.

    You obviously don’t know what it costs the employer over and above that hourly wage that’s being paid to each employee. The employee pays 4.2% Social Security, but the employer has to pay 6.2% into that employees account for Social Security in addition to what the employee pays. The employer also has to match the Medicare deposit of 1.45%, pay FUTA .8% (Federal unemployment), CA SUI (state unemployment insurance) also 6.2% (for our company), and Worker’s Compensation insurance which varies for each type of job. Ours used to be over 22% before Arnold was governor, but went down to 8% and is now 10.51% — that’s $25.16 for each $100 paid to an employee and that’s before any benefits!

    I don’t believe for one second that they’re being taken advantage of at all.

    Nobody wants to have to come out-of-pocket anymore than they have to, but that’s just the way it is in this economy. And yes, anyone that currently has a job should be grateful for that job. I’m grateful to still have a company even if it makes a whole lot less money than it did before and I have to work a whole lot harder to keep it afloat!

  • Amy Heintz says:

    In general I stock up in case of an Earthquake living in California. So other than milk and bread we can handle not shopping for about 2-3 months. I must remember to stock up on dry milk. Not that the kids love it, but emergency wise it would be a great idea. We live on land, so our garden and our chickens handle most veggie and egg needs this time of year.

    As far as the strike goes, I’ll shop at the new Target, Food 4 Less and Trader Joes. I hate crossing picket lines. But being self employed and paying for our own health care for the last 10 years. Geez….I don’t get the complaint on the health care costs! I WISH mine was even triple what they are paying.

  • Krissy says:

    @Mary Ann

    Thank you Mary Ann..I feel for the employees who don’t want this strike and will suffer from it. However, I have no problem crossing the lines. Life will continue as usually for me. If confronted, I have no problem speaking the truth. We are a family of three and we pay $876 a month for pretty lousy HMO health insurance through my husbands job. This amount does not include our $30 co pays, prescriptions, etc. We are simply grateful that my husband is still employed and that we do have health benefits…period…end of story. This is why I coupon….to make ends meet “when your out of pocket medical expenses exceed your income”.

  • Jaclyn says:

    @Jeannie – I wanted to get them on the 8 hour sale, but completely forgot to go! So I was really surprised to see them at a $1.00!

  • Curtis says:

    So glad to hear there will not be a strike.
    I applied for a job at Pavilions since I am unemployed but so glad that it has been averted.

  • Lynn says:

    Well, I live in a very small town and Vons is our only big store besides Kmart next door to it. We have a little mom and pops grocery store and that is it. I am located 300+ miles from a big city either north or south of me.

    Unfortunately, it is the only store to shop at. I have a small stockpile in my freezer and canned goods. But, I have to feed my family, as a single parent of (4) and I will cross the lines if I need things. Our Vons will keep open and they have been interviewing for help.

    I am grateful for being able to stockpile my home for my kids through couponing. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication that you put into this website!

  • Mary Ann says:

    Originally Posted By Krissy@Mary Ann

    Thank you Mary Ann..I feel for the employees who don’t want this strike and will suffer from it. However, I have no problem crossing the lines. Life will continue as usually for me. If confronted, I have no problem speaking the truth. We are a family of three and we pay $876 a month for pretty lousy HMO health insurance through my husbands job. This amount does not include our $30 co pays, prescriptions, etc. We are simply grateful that my husband is still employed and that we do have health benefits…period…end of story. This is why I coupon….to make ends meet “when your out of pocket medical expenses exceed your income”.

    I’m sorry to hear you have to pay that much for your insurance, Krissy.

    I feel for the grocery workers that don’t want to strike and will suffer if they’re made to strike. That hardly seems fair, either.

    I don’t see how anyone wins in situations like these. 🙁

  • Karen says:

    Yeah! It looks like they have come to an agreement. I am so happy as I have friends who’s job it is to call on the stores, and they would have been out of work too!! It affects a LOT of people, besides just being a pain for us couponers!!

  • Mary Ann says:

    @Karen

    Thank you for that update. Great news for everyone! 🙂

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