There should be a special bloody till in Sainsburys for Panic Buyers

(226 Posts)

I get it, it's going to snow.

There will probably be a bit of snow for a few days round here.

I spent the best part of an hour queuing in Sainsburys seething quietly and politely waiting my turn to pay to do my normal weekly shop.

FFS it's some slightly bad seasonal weather, NO ONE can eat THAT many tins of muligtawny soup.

They should have their own queue then they can all stand together with thier blitz like behaviour and their preparedness and not get in my friffing way when I have other things to do like come here to whine about them

Catsdontcare Thu 17-Jan-13 14:28:59

Oh lord is it that bad? See I do need to go shopping but refuse to look like some panicking knob end.

Are we expecting alot of snow then? <blissfully ignorant>

MrsBungleBear Thu 17-Jan-13 14:29:22

Just back from Morrisons, exactly the same. It was like Christmas bloody Eve. I was only there to buy stuff for the weekend booze as we are going away.]

I heard a couple in the queue behind me saying "oh isn't it busy? People must have the same idea as us getting supplies in before the snow"

I felt like saying - we are not in Siberia you know where we are about to be snowed in for months.

But of course, I didn't!

Lifeisontheup Thu 17-Jan-13 14:30:54

I think I should go and panic buy, I live a 30 second walk from Sainsbury's grin

mademred Thu 17-Jan-13 14:31:50

Lmao, just back myself from was manic.are we all expecting to get snowed in then or wat? Because if so I've not brought enough food clearly.maybe we will have to turn to cannabilsm by the end of the weekend .

DameMargotFountain Thu 17-Jan-13 14:32:42

usually i'd agree with you, but have just sent DH an email with shopping list on it

our roads are really bad, not cleared from beginning of the week and are set for lots more snow and temps of -13 were recorded not far from us last night

but if you see DH, tell him to get the right milk grin

plantsitter Thu 17-Jan-13 14:36:26

My mum always used to panic buy kidney beans, but we never ate them at any other time (or in fact when it snowed unless we absolutely had to). I remember counting 17 tins in our cupboard once. <slightly off-topic emoticon>

Pigsmummy Thu 17-Jan-13 14:36:47

That is a genus idea op. Keep up the good work!

If it snow its half the fun to get the sledge out, go up to the local Spar and bring supplies home. grin

BreconBeBuggered Thu 17-Jan-13 14:40:25

Oh, bollocks. I always do my shopping on a Thursday. The bank account is in a January slump so we've already eaten most of the tins and freezer stuff. But as long as people are only buying mulligatawny soup, it should be fine.

Adversecamber Thu 17-Jan-13 14:41:29

Well wasn't me I don't like Muligatawny.

Damm I only have one box of 80 tea bags I can manage without everything except tea.

gordyslovesheep Thu 17-Jan-13 14:41:46

it's mad out there - popped into our Sainsburys for coffee, school cardies and apple juice - couldn;t park - then it was rammed full of people stockpiling bread!

CaptChaos Thu 17-Jan-13 14:43:21

I don't need to panic buy, I am fully prepared and have food to last us for four years in our nuclear fall-out shelter hmm

Back in real life, I live within walking distance of a Tesco and a Morrisons, I think I might survive!

Here there is an Amber warning. We gets lots of snow here, we are quite high up.

I used to live in Northampton where people had a right to panic if it snowed...

This was proper soft southern weather panic buying though.


atthewelles Thu 17-Jan-13 14:45:22

Maybe they all have sixteen kids, an elderly MIL living with them and five dogs and will genuinely need 10 sliced pans, fourteen boxes of cornflakes, six tons of potatoes and 20 tins of Mulligatawney soup to see them through til Monday morning. Don't be so judgey OP.

Reaa Thu 17-Jan-13 14:45:41

I went to local supermarket and tried to find a parking space just to go in and get a few bits, no chance, never managed to find a parking space, got fed up of driving round in circles and came home, will try again later!

Its the same every year, people think they'll starve if we have 2 days of snow. Do you remember the tanker driver strikes few years ago when we had petrol shortages? I went to Asda innocently thinking I fancied some crusty bread for tea and it was carnage. Not one single bread product of any description on the shelves, they had even sold out of flour and yeast shockgrin

CaptChaos Thu 17-Jan-13 14:46:22

There is no situation dire enough that anyone would need to consume 20 cans of Mulligatawney soup!

I like kidney beans.

FrequentFlyerRandomDent Thu 17-Jan-13 14:47:07

Apparently Sainsbury's sponsored the weather forecast this week.

<starting a rumour>

I've no objection to a bit of preparedness but just break out the 'panic buying till' and leave the rest of us who just want to get our normal shop done without being forced into jolly conversations with strangers about how everyone has 'had the same idea!!!' I haven't...I'm always here doing shopping on Thursday..... I'm not 'stocking up' because I'm pretty sure I can cope with 2 days of not going to the supermarket....


MrsAceRimmer Thu 17-Jan-13 14:50:35

hahahaha - I work in a supermarket in NE Scotland (relatively rural, 20 miles north of Aberdeen), and this happens every bloody year! We will have snow, poss snowed in for a couple of days worst case, then back to normalish confused its the same every year.
My colleagues & I do like a chuckle at it!

atthewelles Thu 17-Jan-13 14:50:38

Chill out and have a glass of wine OP. You did remember to stockpile on the vino didn't you? <anxious>

ChristianGreyIsAJackass Thu 17-Jan-13 14:50:46

Amber Warning here too, hadnt really thought about getting any shopping in, might do now though... muligatawny soup you say grin

DameMargotFountain Thu 17-Jan-13 14:51:20

ah yes, but Northampton is in a parallel universe, bereft of outside intervention and the a43 is always dead slow grin

atthewelles you're clutching at straws... No one needs to buy that much food for 3 days.

Again, I'm not saying don't panic buy, just asking AIBU to suggest to Sainsburys that they have a dedicated till - they could run a very successful advertising campaign a'la their Christmas Days effort.

If it's still ike this next week I'm going in full survivalist gear, combats/nightvision googles/OFRS the lot.

Goldmandra Thu 17-Jan-13 14:52:43

I thought it was a bit busier than usual in the local Asda this morning. For local read 10 miles away.

I never thought to panic buy. I only bought one loaf of bread, although we do have a packet of bread mix in the cupboard.

I did buy gherkins, milk, Fruit and Nut and a bag of Basmati rice big enough to have it's own carry-handle. Oh and Robinsons Lemon Squash.

Do you think that will get us through the famine?

Oops. Just remembered DH needed coffee! That will go down well shock

Why would you panic buy for a couple of days of snow? I thought most people had freezers these days.

So, chocolate and gherkin rice anyone?

GetOrf Thu 17-Jan-13 14:53:15

Amber warning here too.

And I seriously have got nothing in as we haven't done any shopping really since Christmas, just bits and bobs. DD was syaing earlier that the cupboards are looking shocking and I need to go shopping. But the shops will be filled with anxious looking faffers.

atthewelles Thu 17-Jan-13 14:54:15

Clutching at straws?? On an AIBU thread? Never.

GetOrf Thu 17-Jan-13 14:54:18

I thin atthewelles was joking grin

smile of course I stockpiled the wine.

I use a shopping list of weekly essentials it starts with

'whatever wine is on the best offer'

grin grin

umm I apparentl don't spend enough time here for my own particular brand of humour to be recognised either....

Not sure I can exactly envisage sainsburys taking this up...

MrsBungleBear Thu 17-Jan-13 14:57:35

When I was at Morrisons the petrol station had queues out onto the road so they are stock piling petrol here too (Nottingham). But if they think they will be snowed in - why do they need petrol?

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 17-Jan-13 14:58:53

I went to Waitrose this morning just because I needed milk and eggs.

Queuing in the express lane queue, an old lady peers at my goods and says "I'd go and get some bread if I were you"

I just shrugged and said "I'm a coeliac"

She turned her back on me then.

I am not a coeliac.

Same here MrsB - I just don't get where we started this odd mentality about stocking up.

Vagaceratops Thu 17-Jan-13 15:01:49

Tesco was an absolute nightmare this morning too. DD wanted soup but the soup aisle had been totally blitzed.

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 17-Jan-13 15:04:24

It is usually older people who panic buy because they like to feel involved in a bit of "drama". They can then dither about it with other like-minded folk in the queue.

It's quite sweet, really.

Shit MrsBungleBear I am planning a trip to Morrisson's to get fuel before I pick DD up from Athletics as I am running on fresh air and it is one of the few places I can use the Business Fuel Card. I have timed myself down to the last second so if there is a queue I will be stuffed cross.

I am 53 - can I dither?

SoniaGluck Thu 17-Jan-13 15:05:45

Apparently our local Asda was absolutely heaving this lunchtime; DH stopped off to buy a few bits that we can only get there. He struggled to find anywhere to park and had to queue for "fucking ages" to get through the check out.

Unusually, for the middle of the day during the week, all the checkouts were open. He said it was worse than the weekend before Christmas which is usually horrible.

Saltire Thu 17-Jan-13 15:07:01

I remember years ago I lived in a small town and I worked in the local mini mart type place. At the time there were 4 bakers, 3 grocers and our shop all on the street. We actually got cut off for 3 days. people were running in "do you have bread" and if we said "yes" they would run to the door and shout "they have bread", and hundreds lots of people would run and try and grab them all.
The boos actually started banning people saying "you don't shop here the rest of the year, don't start now"

ivykaty44 Thu 17-Jan-13 15:07:25

People don't panic buy with regarding their own distance from the supermarket - they panic buy because they think the food lorries will not bring in supplies in the snow grin and also they think that everyone else is panicing and there will not be any food left if they don't panic buy as well

PostBellumBugsy Thu 17-Jan-13 15:09:49

Loving the thought of someone tucked into their house with 20 cans of muligatawny soup! No matter what happens, muligatawny soup promises survival!!!!

I had a Tesco delivery last night & I did amend my order and added 3 bags of dishwasher salt (it is fantastic for gritting our path without everyone's feet getting sandy & orange from proper grit & making a mess when they come in the house!)

They can panic buy, I'm not anti the panic buying, not one bit.

I'm anti them not being serviced properly with dedicated tills.

mademred Thu 17-Jan-13 15:12:04

Maybe everyone should buy a 4x4 this weekend then getting to the shops would be easier

Tongue in cheek before I get a lambasting about the planet.

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Thu 17-Jan-13 15:12:30

Ah, I thought our local Sainsbo's was oddly busy this morning.

Thinking about it, it was mostly elderly folk, which also explains why self-check was free for me to breeze through grin

I completely neglected to panic buy anything though. I feel left out.
And now I'm worried about our loo roll stocks. Damn you, MN!

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 17-Jan-13 15:16:07

You can only dither at bus pass age.

I think you can get dithering dispensation for certain hormone related conditions. In my case it's the condition of being a woman.

I have a badge for it..

ivykaty44 Thu 17-Jan-13 15:18:34

People don't panic buy with regarding their own distance from the supermarket - they panic buy because they think the food lorries will not bring in supplies in the snow grin and also they think that everyone else is panicing and there will not be any food left if they don't panic buy as well

atthewelles Thu 17-Jan-13 15:20:10

Its the spirit of the blitz. Any fancy joining me in a chorus of 'We'll meet again' ?

<makes weak tea and passes round buns>

I love it when it snows, I don't need to stock up on the important stuff ie booze.
I take my snow shovel and clear my neighbours drives for them and they give me wine. Win win smile

nickelbabe Thu 17-Jan-13 15:24:43

exactly - ivykaty is correct.

what if the lorries can't drive through the blizzard?


won't somebody think of the loorrrrreeeeee driiiiiivveeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrs!!

All lorry drivers are trained via Ice Road Truckers #LTAtrufax

mademred Thu 17-Jan-13 15:26:46

So everyone is panicking then? I see the vicious circle now .i will give it a wide birth.

If anyone runs short of wine I have loads left over from christmas - also some fake baileys, some port that a friend left here and the beer that dbil always buys dh managing to forget that his own brother doesn't drink beer...

I've gone right of alcohol for some reason...

atthewelles Thu 17-Jan-13 15:31:09

You'll be sorry madamred when there's no tins of mulligatawney left on the shelves shock shock

flossy101 Thu 17-Jan-13 15:33:18

Oh no... I didn't realise people were panicking.

How long has everyone been panicking?

Im panicking now about by lack panicking.

Just asked DH about this, he is a night shift manager for he aforementioned supermarket. He reckons you need to panic buy milk, but short of the M25 closing the lorries will deliver!!

Our sainsburys was busy this morning but I thought it was because it was pension day rather than due to the weather.

<eyes paracetamol, pizza and half price mince pies & very empty cupboards>

GanglyGiraffe Thu 17-Jan-13 15:33:49

I remember the petrol shortages during the strikes about 10- 15 years ago.

Me and my Mum went to Sainbury's to 'stock up' on long-life milk! Our neighbour also knocked to suggest everyone made bread and shared it out in our little col-de-sac grin

I love a good panic buy, it's exciting!

< texts DP to come home early before Sainsbury's sells out of bread flour>

ivykaty44 Thu 17-Jan-13 15:37:32

why the M25 closing - I thought the lorries came out of crick?

Should I be panicking?
We have no snow forecast, but we are expecting driving rain. Not just normal rain, driving.
That might call for supplies of mulligatawny soup.

gordyslovesheep Thu 17-Jan-13 15:42:02

If you miss the boat all you end up with is powdered milk and those mini bread rolls that are part baked - O.M.G grin

Our lovely milkman brings the delivery round on his tractor if his 4x4 won't make it so milk is about the only thing we never need to worry about - better if he brings it to be fair as starts to make a track along our road #livesinthewilderness

Squirted - I don't think rain qualifies you for muligatawny I'm afraid.
<eyes basket> But you can keep the tinned ham for now.

How's the toilet roll situation? I need to buy some should I go out now or is it safe to leave it a couple of hours and get DH to pick it up on his way home?

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 17-Jan-13 15:44:54

Where and when is this snow coming?

What is mulligatawny soup? I don't know what mulligatawny soup is!! Does this mean I am doomed and my skeleton will be found at the end of the snowy weather? shock

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 17-Jan-13 15:46:46

I only have 2 rolls of shit strip left and DH averages on three shits a day shock

mrsjay Thu 17-Jan-13 15:47:08

I wish people would just stop it is snow we are not going to die buy extra milk and bread bit fgs stop clearing shelves, we have had a snow warning for tomorrow DH was in tescos and he said it was mental

atthewelles Thu 17-Jan-13 15:47:21

I think you're being a bit unfair Squirty. Leave the Mulligatawney for those who really need it. Driving rain is more a 'cream of tomato' emergency according to official instructions.

PostBellumBugsy Thu 17-Jan-13 15:48:03

This is what Heinz say it is, an exciting soup apparently!

Heinz Mulligatawny is a classic, spicy soup made from an exciting combination of beef, rice and curry spices, with a hint of mango chutney.

See those panic buyers knew how to while away the snow bound hours .....

Binky - in our sainsburys toilet roll was in good supply.

Lady - snow due in from tonight sweeping in from Wales.

goat Muligatawny Nasty type of heinz soup sad

It won't be after everyone's eaten mulligatawny soup grin

PurityBrown Thu 17-Jan-13 15:51:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

<googles mulligatawny soup>

PurityBrown Thu 17-Jan-13 15:55:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

atthewelles Thu 17-Jan-13 15:59:03

They have just put up a notice in my local Sainsbury's saying Mulligatawney soup is now being rationed to two tins per family sad

LavenderBriggs Thu 17-Jan-13 16:10:43

I second the Panic Checkout idea. Staff could wear a hat with a head-torch on it and hand out a candle and a box of matches for each panic shop.

I don't drink milk or eat bread, but I did buy two packs of bacon (actually, they were on a BOGOF).

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 17-Jan-13 16:17:03

I popped into Asda at lunchtime and it was bizarrely busy - this must be why.

I don't normally shop in there so I have nothing to compare it to!

I have got a Waitrose order coming at 9am tomorrow morning. Having just seen the weather forecast I am not sure I rate my chances...

MsTakenidentity Thu 17-Jan-13 16:17:40

I foolishly popped into the local Co-Op to get a couple of bits and bobs. Whoooaah - the queues shock

PostBellumBugsy Thu 17-Jan-13 16:22:48

In one report I've just read that as well as 30 hours of snow, London will be battered by 23mph winds. I'm no expert, but 23mph doesn't sound like a very battering type of wind to me. Can't help thinking there is a bit of media hyperbole going on!

Thank you for the link, OP. after looking at the picture, I will definitely go with the skeleton scenario, thanks...

Mybumissquidgy Thu 17-Jan-13 16:34:57

Oh no! Now I'm wondering how much stuff will have sold out and won't turn up in my delivery tomorrow waaaaah :'(

MsTakenidentity Thu 17-Jan-13 16:36:01

I am just going outside and may be some time. if Spar has no muligatawny soup

LavenderBriggs Thu 17-Jan-13 16:37:01
thegreylady Thu 17-Jan-13 16:39:38

All the bread was sold out in town centre in Ellesmere by 3pm but Teso was ok-I think everyone had gone home to batten down the hatches smile
We did see a few flakes as we drove home.Is more forecast [N.Shropshire]?

Pandemoniaa Thu 17-Jan-13 16:41:10

It wasn't too silly in Waitrose but there were an awful lot of elderly ladies staggering under the weight of white sliced bread for all that. What do they plan to do with it?

Although I have just realised that I failed to panic buy Ambrosia Rice Pudding. Which doesn't necessarily get eaten in times of great snowfall but is a comfort to have.

PostBellumBugsy Thu 17-Jan-13 16:45:16

arf at the devastation LavenderB!!!!

simplesusan Thu 17-Jan-13 16:46:21

I am wondering whether I should be panic buying.
I do have a bottle of Asti and 2 bottles of dodgey looking mulled wine (left over Christmas gifts).
Dh has eaten all the cream of tomato and I would have to be desparate to try mulligatawny soup.

Bugsy- I have to agree about the 23mph wind. Now a 70mph wind sounds more like the type to give you a serious battering.
(We are used to a strong breeze around these parts.)

simplesusan Thu 17-Jan-13 16:47:28

I imagine the Tesco burgers are still there.

issey6cats Thu 17-Jan-13 16:47:34

just started snowing here in halifax better run the 800 yds to asda and stock up on soup and bread lol

manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 16:51:47

I checked the weather forecast at the weekend and decided to do an online shop (normal size weekly stuff) incase I ended up like last time it snowed. Last time I went to do my normal shop and there wasn't a taxi to be had (too much to carry) and so dp had to come and help me lug it all home.

Other than a bread and milk top up on Monday, we are sorted for food. I have bought no more than usual and there is plenty of wine and leftover Christmas booze to see us through a bad spell of weather.

I can't stand the panic buyers. Don't they realise how stupid they look to everyone else?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 17-Jan-13 16:55:59

Wales has a RED snow warning (very rare apparently) So if you are in Wales you must go buy bread, milk, and toilet paper RIGHT NOW

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 17-Jan-13 16:56:06

Well, kids' school is panic shutting for tomorrow. hmm

LavenderBriggs Thu 17-Jan-13 16:56:34

grin I've had to close a window, you know.

AltinkumATEalltheTurkey Thu 17-Jan-13 16:57:03

I don't think people are panic buying, from what I've seen working today (busy cafe, next to Asda, sainsbury's, Iceland etc)... It's been people buying today because of the busses not running, buying for there elderly relatives, etc...

So to me it makes sense.

Jins Thu 17-Jan-13 16:59:21

I've just got back and I'm proper ticked off that people will think I'm panic buying when in fact there was only a slice of ham and 3 potatoes in the fridge

Pandemoniaa Thu 17-Jan-13 17:01:54

I was so determined not to panic buy that we will now starve. Especially if the devastation currently witnessed in London is anything to go by.

LavenderBriggs Thu 17-Jan-13 17:02:23

Although, saying that, I have checked that my parents have essentials as I can't bear the thought of v.elderly step-dad feeling that he has to go to shops and pick something up. I will also keep an eye on 90 year-old neighbour in case she needs anything.

LavenderBriggs Thu 17-Jan-13 17:03:00

grin at Pandemoniaa. We're being very brave.

McPhee Thu 17-Jan-13 17:03:12

I went out to panic but oreos...does that count?

McPhee Thu 17-Jan-13 17:03:30

Panic buy


UptoapointLordCopper Thu 17-Jan-13 17:04:08

If we get snowed in we'll eat the toffee cream sweets, the big box of snack mix, the big box of maltesers and a big bag of chocolate coins plus various chocolate bars and a big bag of pistachio nuts left over from Christmas and DS1's birthday party. And 3 bottles of wine. Gin is a bit low though. And no tonic water!!! Now is that a reason to panic buy?

manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 17:04:17

That's not panicking though, that's just looking out for the old people and making sure they have enough in. Most other people can manage to get through a bit of snow and get to a shop.

poorbuthappy Thu 17-Jan-13 17:06:18

Well I have a proper reason to panic...
We have no wine!!!
We have gin, tonic, whiskey, lemonade, advocaat and our local pub (and my place of work) at the end of the road.
So perhaps we will be ok after all. grin

poorbuthappy Thu 17-Jan-13 17:07:04

Oh and we are on a red warning.
Red wine warning maybe?

Pandemoniaa Thu 17-Jan-13 17:07:38

We've got 5 cases of wine. If only we weren't devisttated by snow you could pop down and have a couple of bottles.

LavenderBriggs Thu 17-Jan-13 17:08:19

True, but maybe some of the older shoppers are dreading walking on ice and want to get a bit extra. To be honest I dread walking on ice, I'm barely stable on a decent pavement.

Toomuchtea Thu 17-Jan-13 17:08:25

I will say goodbye to you all now because I just did our normal shop at the beginning of the week so we will obviously not survive. I am planning to use snow as a milk substitute in my tea. They are both white.

OwlLady Thu 17-Jan-13 17:10:07

I have just been to waitrose to buy 25 tins of frey bentos pies and 60 bags of home fries

Bluestocking Thu 17-Jan-13 17:11:39

Not sure I'm entirely happy with seeing the words "squirty" and mulligatawney soup" in the same post.

manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 17:14:06

Toomuchtea, don't use the yellow snow! wink

meditrina Thu 17-Jan-13 17:15:28

I've an on-line order due this evening (placed several days ago, so clearly I was suffering from premature-panickation).

Now, will the driver be mugged between street and doorstep by ravening hordes who have failed to panic buy and are suffering Ocado-envy?

EldritchCleavage Thu 17-Jan-13 17:16:26

Yes, uptoapoint, I'm in a tonic water deficit panic right now.

Lol at "23 mile an hour winds"-I get those every time DH farts.

Don't forget tampons, everybody. I panic buy those regularly-fewer than 1000 in the house and I get twitchy.

Worried about my parents a bit, though they've got lovely neighbours who'll help, and 'The World's Ugliest Snow Boots' they bought 2 years ago in a Guardian newspaper reader offer.

Florin Thu 17-Jan-13 17:19:17

I only popped into Waitrose to buy a cucumber and it was like Christmas Eve in there everyone buying 4 loaves of bread and at least 8 pints milk. They had sold out of a lot of veg and no sodding cucumbers-what am I meant to put in my Gin and Tonic now?

Jins Thu 17-Jan-13 17:19:39

Phew I'm ok again. The light snow that was predicted on the weather for tomorrow has now changed to grey cloud

manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 17:20:18

More gin? grin

meditrina Thu 17-Jan-13 17:20:46

Florin a drop of angostura, and none of this tonic malarkey.

DonderandBlitzen Thu 17-Jan-13 17:24:37

I feel a bit dim now. I went to Sains this morning and there were tons of pensioners. I thought "Wow it must be because it is pension day, I had no idea it got so busy on pension day, will have to avoid in future." blush Didn't occur to me that it was snow related.

Absy Thu 17-Jan-13 17:25:05

I'm panicking now that I should be panic buying. I did once - -I bought two tins of soup which then went uneaten until way past their expiry date.

I feel I'm missing out on something. Should I?

CockyPants Thu 17-Jan-13 17:27:50

WIBU to bring my main food shop forward from tomorrow to today? No mulligatawny soup, OP, but a 12 pack of walkers cheese and onion that was cheaper than a 6 pack....

merrymouse Thu 17-Jan-13 17:28:56

Actually that makes sense lavender. We live near south coast so quite a large percentage of the population would be the proverbial grannies on a frosty morning once it gets a bit icy. Sure they'd rather be inside with a cuppa tomorrow.

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 17-Jan-13 17:33:00

I honestly believe that if my mum looks back on her life, 3 of her Top 5 Moments will be related to her Millenium Cupboard. Honestly, she spent the majority of her life in rural, isolated Scotland, but 'retired' to the Home Counties. Inspired by Richard Madely, In a Y2k special, she went Millenium Cupboard Kerazee . She planned it, she bought it, she bought more. She tidied it, bought more. She boasted about her preparedness, and tried to inspire The Fear in others.

She will no doubt have visited 3 supermarkets today, stocking up on Mulligatawny AND Oxtail. And UHT milk and tinned peaches. She bloody loves winter.

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 17-Jan-13 17:37:00

No need to panic buy tampon if you've got a mooncup. wink

BlackBagBorderBinLiner Thu 17-Jan-13 17:38:36

I have no wine in, would the AA being the 'Fourth Emergency Service' deliver?

MerryCouthyMows Thu 17-Jan-13 17:43:41

<<Dumb question alert>>

Does all this panic buying mean there is more snow coming tonight?

And if so, is Essex meant to be affected?

Thinking about it, Tesco did seem busier than usual for a Thursday morning this morning...

And I need bread to or row as I forgot it today. Poo.

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 17:49:41
Dawndonna Thu 17-Jan-13 17:49:51

Having been snowed in since Tuesday, I managed to get out today, and bought loads, because I'm going to be snowed in again, until next Tuesday, at the very least.

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 17:50:18

sorry should have pointed out that was a link to the weather thread

Bluestocking Thu 17-Jan-13 17:53:05
Foggles Thu 17-Jan-13 17:53:53

Like others, I will manage on the leftovers from Christmas....

- Mince pies
- half a box of crackers for cheese
- a tub of salted peanuts
- the chocolates nobody likes
- chicken crisps leftover from multipacks
- a bit of christmas cake
- mulled wine

EldritchCleavage Thu 17-Jan-13 17:54:32

Panic buying a couple of loaves of bread is a bit amateur though.

Add batteries, candles, matches, tinned everything, a torch, a spade, powdered milk, dried beans, some screwdrivers, chocolate, boiled sweets and a crate of clementines. That's panic-buying.

Foggles Thu 17-Jan-13 17:57:30

Don't forget the wind-up radio.

Tiggles Thu 17-Jan-13 17:57:34

Hmm, we have about 12hours between now and Wed next week where we aren't meant to have snow falling. I have to admit to going and buying some extra bread and milk today, as living at the top of a mountain we might not have great road access for a while. That said our local highways team are fab at keeping the roads clear, and I can't praise our gritters/snow ploughs highly enough, so it probably wasn't entirely necessary. As long as I can get through the 30cm of snow onto a main road... as it takes about 3 days before they clear the residential cul-de-sacs.

manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 17:58:17

If it wasn't -7 outside, I'd be really tempted to go Sainsbury right now just to watch the panic buyers. grin

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 17-Jan-13 18:10:35

I went to Tesco this morning (actually just for birthday cards & costa coffee grin) it was busy, but most people looked to just have a fairly normal shop - but I did eye up the trolley of the woman in the queue next to me - I couldn't quite decide if it was panic buying or if she just had a lot of kids grin

KindleMum Thu 17-Jan-13 18:11:34

I went to Sainsburys this afternoon and didn't buy any food at all, just socks and magazines - I'm now feeling very left out! But it wasn't very busy anyway (Yorkshire).
If we do get snowed in we can definitely live off remaining Xmas chocs (DS would be thrilled!) and cupboard food. I keep a few cartons of UHT milk in the cupboard all the time anyway for when DH goes on a hot choc binge and I find there's no milk left in the morning - I don't function without a cup of tea first thing so finishing the milk is nearly a hanging offence in our house.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 17-Jan-13 18:16:19

Merry Im North Essex, apparently we are gonna get snow sad

MerryCouthyMows Thu 17-Jan-13 18:20:42

Read the weather thread, but none the wiser tbh! Have posted on there asking about North Essex, as DD came home with a letter urging us to listen for school closures on the radio at 7am.

MerryCouthyMows Thu 17-Jan-13 18:21:47

I clicked the link anyway, without even knowing what it was! grin

I've been on MN long enough to know that I should never do that...wink

I nearly popped into Sainsburys for some bananas on the way home, I'm glad I couldn't be arsed.

Springdiva Thu 17-Jan-13 18:23:24

We're not going to get any snow so the guests will be coming after all sad

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Thu 17-Jan-13 18:26:58

I did buy a lot of batteries today, but they were for Thomas the Tank Engine - I haven't really got the hang of this, have I.

What are you supposed to use your panic-bought batteries for?

WelshMaenad Thu 17-Jan-13 18:32:06

I went to Asda for plums and salad this afternoon and it was quite civilised (for Asda). Maybe the welsh are just a hardier folk.

poppy1973 Thu 17-Jan-13 18:34:29

I have got an internet shopping tonight 8pm-9pm with Sainsburys, I didn't do an extra large order - just a weekly shop, but do hope that I get some sliced bread and milk that I ordered - will be really annoyed if they turn up later and tell me that they haven't got any in the shop.

Virgil Thu 17-Jan-13 18:37:17

No bread left in our village shop, milk running short and shop assistants telling everyone that its ok they will be open tomorrow.

Nobody is listening though - mind you we do live miles out and often get snowed in.

milf90 Thu 17-Jan-13 18:47:56

Ohh sad I ordered my shopping online this week because I slipped over on the ice Tuesday and fractured my coccyx and finding it really painful to move/sit/exist..... Bet now they won't havexanything left of what I ordered stomps feet

mademred Thu 17-Jan-13 19:28:42

Would prefer wine to soup.have six bottles, I panic brought five.and a kettle, that now don't panicking because I have no gloves.not planning on going out but if I do it won't be A fair snowball fight will it? But my ds who is 7 said I can borrow his when he comes

pourmeanotherglass Thu 17-Jan-13 19:33:38

Not panicking here,

Walking distance from Aldi, Tesco, Co-op, Sainsburys, a couple of corner shops and 3 bakeries. Surely ONE of them will have some bread left.

Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:02:11

i had no idea what this thread was about and clicked it thinking it was going to be a hypothetical zombie apocalypse thread. i had no idea we were all meant to be panic buying. i had no idea snow was coming! i feel totally unprepared now.

i feel like that bit in shaun of the dead when he goes to the shops oblivious to the carnage around him.

is it worth putting ds in his snowsuit and trudging to tesco to run around the aisles grabbing whatevers left? probably not much now! maybe we could survive on a tin of sardines, a packet of sponge fingers and some cif...

manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 20:03:19

Mmmm cif grin

Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:04:50

i could make some kind of satanic trifle grin

meditrina Thu 17-Jan-13 20:05:49

Well, the order turned up, and the driver was unmolested.

But there was one missing (bread) item: how will I cope with no foccacia? shock

ariadneoliver Thu 17-Jan-13 20:07:24

I feel rather left out of the panic buying, I popped into M&S Simply Food after work and bought two tubs of Tomato and Basil soup, but only because it was a buy one get one half price offer. There seemed to be a lack of urgency among the shoppers and plenty of milk and bread left. I'm guessing that central London is not gripped with panic. grin

Glittertwins Thu 17-Jan-13 20:08:50

I managed to get my whole regular delivery tonight. No substitutions and I even managed 4 cartons of soup and loo rolls on there. Didn't realise that they are on the panic buyers' most wanted list!

RuleBritannia Thu 17-Jan-13 20:10:30

We have half an inch of snow forecast (if that). Oh dear, I have only 6 slices of bread left! Will I be able to last until Saturday when a neighbour will take me to Sainbo's? We take turns and it's his turn this Saturday. <puts on Fraser's cap> We're doomed!! Doomed!!

For those who've never heard of Fraser, he was in Dad's Army.

Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:11:17

ooooh Glitter, i'll trade you some trifle sponges for a bog roll?

Just to point out again I'm not anti the panic buyers at all...

Just think they need to be appropriately catered for...

Glittertwins Thu 17-Jan-13 20:15:45

Trifle? Cool, I have a 9 pack of loo roll ;-)

MustafaCake Thu 17-Jan-13 20:16:44

Just popped to local Co-op for emergency wine rations (non snow related purchase) and I was the only person in there!

I can confirm that London is not gripped with panic at the predicted light dusting of wet sleet.

MsTakenidentity Thu 17-Jan-13 20:17:05

simplesusan - I imagine the Tesco burgers are still there > I say neighhh - although this entirely depends how long snowmageddon lasts wine

Spuddy, I'll give you a 12 pack of ultrasoft and throw in a pack of moist toilet wipes for the trifle sponges... #biddingwar

juneybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:18:10

I tried to panic buy but I just ended up with two bags of haribo and a tin of pears :/

TandB Thu 17-Jan-13 20:19:35

I went panic buying in the tesco metro on the way home from work.

I panic bought a lot of milk, a loaf of bread, some broccoli, 2 microwaveable chocolate puddings and a tub of cream, 2 jars of pesto, 3 onions and a bottle of olive oil.

Given that the snow is likely to last for all of 6 minutes, I think that should see us through.

I did run up and down the aisles screaming "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE" just to get in the spirit of things though.

Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:19:51

wow, who new trifle sponges would become the new currency come snowmageddon. <waiting for a better offer>

TandB Thu 17-Jan-13 20:21:33

It's like all the apocalypse/zombie/killer flu films. We saw Contagion on DVD the other week - about a week into the flu epidemic and people were killing each other for food and looting the supermarket.

I reckon we wouldn't start panicking before week 4, although our diet might get a bit monotonous. Doesn't anyone in movie-land have anything in the freezer?

LittleMissFantabulous Thu 17-Jan-13 20:26:18

Mustafa I have been in a Co-Op tonight too, very quiet. I accidentally bought a box of chocolates and a loaf. Not a panic loaf mind you, just a 'fuck we're out if bread and I want cheese on toast' loafgrin

Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:27:08

my mum shops like it's the apocalypse every week. 8 tins of beans and 240 teabags just for her and dad confused

in the event of the dead rising from their graves, it's all round to my mums!

GetOrf Thu 17-Jan-13 20:28:09

Bloody sainsburys earlier - full of maniacs and empty of bread, milk, all sorts. People are bloody insane.

TandB Thu 17-Jan-13 20:29:05

My cousin lives in rural New York State and they have a proper apocalypse stash in their basement. Seriously you open the basement door and do this face shock

They could feed the entire state for a year.

MsTakenidentity Thu 17-Jan-13 20:30:29

Bluestocking: 'Panic buyers from Dartmoor heading to Waitrose in Exeter' > No cause for alarm whatsoever .. blush

manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 20:30:35

Tesco's have half a horse in the freezer grin

SurroundedByBlue Thu 17-Jan-13 20:38:02

I don't have the energy to panic buy - 38 weeks pregnant and can't face doing a normal shop never mind an extra busy one. I have a tub of quality street (no pink fudge ones left though sad) a packet of cookies and a packet of mini eggs. Should see me and the dc through any food shortage. Might get ds1 to watch a few episodes of one born every minute though, just incase....

MsTakenidentity Thu 17-Jan-13 20:40:50

manicbmc:'Tesco's have half a horse in the freezer' > Sigh... RIP Shergar wink

Pandemoniaa Thu 17-Jan-13 20:40:56

in the event of the dead rising from their graves, it's all round to my mums!

She'll be very useful when the Zombie Invasion kicks off. We can all arm ourselves with tins of beans. Result = Spuddybean's Mumsbeans Team 1 - 0 Invading Zombies.

OpheliasWeepingWillow Thu 17-Jan-13 20:42:23

I have 140 tea bags for the snow and a shovel to doink zombies on the head.


manicbmc Thu 17-Jan-13 20:44:19
Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:47:21

i actually sleep with an ice pick under the chest of drawers in the bedroom - just in case any of you bastards are thinking of nicking my trifle sponges when snowmania hits and you realise you can't make tirimisu.

<really really actually true!>

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 17-Jan-13 20:48:06

I've got my poker.

Well dh's poker. He made it in college about 20 years ago. It's massive and heavy. Would go right through a zombie no problem.

Can you train zombies to panic buy?

MsTakenidentity Thu 17-Jan-13 20:48:14

@manicbmc - OMG: an equine zombie shock

Glittertwins Thu 17-Jan-13 20:50:15

3 loo rolls??

Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 20:51:53

<rubs chin thinking about it> Did you mention there was soup too?

Glittertwins Thu 17-Jan-13 20:55:15

Chicken, pea & asparagus or broccoli & Stilton.
Come to think of it, there might be mulligatawny in the freezer as DH can't face it anymore!

MsTakenidentity Thu 17-Jan-13 21:03:12
Spuddybean Thu 17-Jan-13 21:08:04

hhhmmmmmm seeing as it's you Gli''ah, we'll call it free karzee rolls and some chicken loop the loop, but i'm cuttin' me own froat mind <spits on palm and holds out hand - channeling cockney market trader ancestors>

Adversecamber Thu 17-Jan-13 22:20:19

BBC news has a toddler faced man trying to scare everyone at the minute reporting from a grit depot

BreconBeBuggered Thu 17-Jan-13 22:34:35

Well I went to get my shopping once DH got back with the car. There was a staff member guarding the denuded shelves inside the door saying gleefully, 'I hope you didn't want any veg today'. Not so much as a bendy potato was left. I'm going to go round the local bins next week, and if I find any discarded greens, I'll post them back through their letterboxes, the bloody bastard brassica hoarders.

Plenty of mulligatawny soup there, but no bread to go with it, not even the manky ready-to-bake stuff.

shesariver Thu 17-Jan-13 22:43:45

Never mind for all the disappointed folk in Tesco, there might not be any bread, milk, veg and mulligatawny soup but Im sure there will be plenty Tesco value burgers in stock through the back!

suburbophobe Thu 17-Jan-13 23:02:17

^ conversations with strangers^

I love having conversations with strangers!

How else are you going to meet people?! grin

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels"

fiverabbits Thu 17-Jan-13 23:24:44

I have 80, yes eighty loo rolls thanks to my DS who everytime he goes shopping checks out if the loo rolls are on offer and then buys 2 of the 20 pack size.

Pandemoniaa Thu 17-Jan-13 23:33:24

BBC news has a toddler faced man trying to scare everyone at the minute reporting from a grit depot


PurpleStorm Thu 17-Jan-13 23:49:19

Thanks for the tip about the panic buying hordes.

DH was working late tonight, so I've told him to stop by the 24 hour Tesco and panic buy some nappies and wipes for DS. We've only got half a (large) packet of nappies left, after all. Wouldn't want Tesco to run out before we do.....

Bakingnovice Thu 17-Jan-13 23:58:29

Shit. Am panicky now. School will probably shut so will have to spend the day indoors looking out the window every five minutes for snowflake fallage, whilst watching sky news for weather updates!!! In case anyone's worried about our loo roll situation I've just checked and I think we're covered. Erm yeah pardon the pun.

Goldmandra Fri 18-Jan-13 00:00:04

DH called me this evening to say he had invited a colleague and his wife round for dinner tomorrow night so, while dropping DD off at cadets I went to the Tesco Express in a nearby town. It was deserted and the shelves were full.

I don't know where the panic buyers were.

Should I now confess to having bought an extra loaf of bread while I was there? blush

Bakingnovice Fri 18-Jan-13 00:04:33

Oh god. Just remembered, don't forget the hard hats for the journey to work ( if you go in). Them bloody snowflakes can be huge.

I live in the tropics not the UK but I got into the spirit of the thread by panic buying all four packets of Yorkshire teabags for silly
money. Well, you don't often see good teabags on the shelves here.

I still have my hurricane season supplies of water tinned ravioli sardines and crackers plus wind up radio, torch and mozzie coils so any tropical zombies or weird weather fronts can eat my shorts.

fiverabbits Fri 18-Jan-13 01:29:02

Update on my previous post.

I have just gone into my bathroom upstairs to discover a pack of 24 loo rolls, my DS sneeked them in there after going shopping today.

So we have 104 loo rolls for 4 adults !

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 18-Jan-13 01:33:05

Goldmandra that would be a shooting offence in my house!! <DH telling me he'd invited people to dinner>

Glittertwins Fri 18-Jan-13 07:08:16

Damn it, looks like I have now lost the loo roll trade by going going to bed too early...I'm no good at this market trade lark!

Dawndonna Fri 18-Jan-13 07:19:05

I'm snowed in. It's okay though, I have loo rolls!

not snowed is as yet here... it's expected by lunchtime today

Mark my words Sainsburys will regret passing up the idea for the new campaign. Live the event of a snowpocalypse' Or 'not just for Snow Days.....' Jamie could do a series of 30 minute survival meals....

SocietyClowns Fri 18-Jan-13 08:18:40

I forgot to panic buy bread yesterday and only have a slice left... shock. But I have plenty of loo roll grin. Snowing very heavily here and settling.

ebersneezer Fri 18-Jan-13 08:24:08

Loving the idea of Jamie 30 min survival meals grin what to make with kidney beans, oxtail soup, the last over ripe banana and left over holiday chocs.

SocietyClowns Fri 18-Jan-13 09:45:48

We are saved... I've found an ancient pack of ryvita in the cupboard grin

UptoapointLordCopper Fri 18-Jan-13 13:40:32

We went to Waitrose and panic-bought 2 packets of Waitrose Essential All Butter Croissants. Phew!

I am starting to wish I had panic bought something. grin

Hmm...I should have done my normal shop today/tomorrow.

I can't face the panic buyers.

Oh well we still have stockpiles of crisps, biscuits and nuts from Christmas, loo rolls in the cupboard. We won't starve....and there are numerous takeaways within walking distance...

Might do my freezer good to be run down and defrosted

SocietyClowns Fri 18-Jan-13 14:05:53

I might brave the one inch snowdrifts to make it to the corner shop and see if they have anything left to buy... Anything will do, mustard, ketchup, shoe polish. MUST PANIC BUY! grin Although it would be nice if I could find some cream or custard to go with the apple pie that's baking in the oven. And I could do with some white wine to make risotto tonight. Ahhh, life is harsh.

I went to the supermarket on Tuesday as usual. The roads were pretty good, except for one scarily slippery patch of icy road ... outside the salt/grit depot.

Last year in the snow it took me over an hour to push the pram the 15-min round trip to the corner shop so I'd rather stay at home if at all possible. Six inches so far and still falling. The 8.30am footprints were buried again by the time we got back from the school run at 9.

Snowsuits, wellies, throw the DCs out into the garden, and be bloody glad we actually have a roof over our heads, and enough money to buy food, heat the house and cook the food, all in the same week.

GinOnTwoWheels Fri 18-Jan-13 17:05:53

I haven't panic bought anything but I've just remembered that I bought DP a tin of Mulligatawny soup months ago cos I thought he liked it and it turns out he doesn't

I'm now trying to decide whether eat it myself or put it on ebay?

ByTheWay1 Fri 18-Jan-13 17:20:22

Braved the snow today to do usual ASDA top up shop (it is only half a mile away) shelves were full, got what we wanted and walked through a store where the staff outnumbered the customers at least 3 to 1 - was fab - must do all my shopping in the snow!

maisiejoe123 Fri 18-Jan-13 17:34:55

I waver between thinking that these people are very selfish and then thinking - its their money to waste. They are never going to eat what they are panic buying....

If there was a limit on how many loaves you could buy people would go in seperately but how people have time these days to do this sort of thing is beyond me. I was in the Midlands and attending a meeting and realised I had forgotten something so I popped into Boots and there were hoards of women literally filling up their trolleys with Boots 75% off Xmas gift sets. One women just cleared a shelf with her friend and they said they would fill up, put in the car and then come back!

I hear a lot is now on eBay being sold for a profit!

Molepom Fri 18-Jan-13 17:37:22

I don't know why MNer's are getting all worried over panic buying over a little snow. Surely we have all of this stuff ready in the OFRS's in case of Zombie Invasion.

Molepom Fri 18-Jan-13 17:40:07

Speaking of Zombie, the snow in that case is a good thing as is the ice, Zombies are hardly steady on their leg/legs/limbs in the best of weather...watching zombies on ice (oh, what a nice spin off of Dancing on ice that would be) should be highly amusing. We could film it and send it in to You've Been Framed - Zombie Special, £250 for a grainy phone video of a zombie, half sliding in one direction into a wall and the other half under a car, yes please.

lovelyladuree Fri 18-Jan-13 18:54:41

Who wants to take the car out in snow/ice? I think people are being very sensible so YABU. The Met Office tells us to only travel if absolutely necessary, and if I have a freezer full of food, then I don't have to. So, instead of shopping at the weekend, a lot of people did it today. Ridiculous post.

manicbmc Fri 18-Jan-13 18:58:44

Why? People who are panic buying 20 loaves of bread and clearing out stocks of milk are selfish gits. The produce will probably go off before they get the chance to use them up anyway whether it keeps snowing or not so they'll still have to buy more anyway.

Dawndonna Fri 18-Jan-13 19:04:45

I waver between thinking that these people are very selfish and then thinking - its their money to waste. They are never going to eat what they are panic buying....
Except for the fact that I live in a rural location at the bottom of a 1:4 with a foot of snow outside my door. Five of us have been here since Tuesday, likely to be here until at least next Tuesday.

manicbmc Fri 18-Jan-13 19:13:00

But most of these panic buyers have been in well stocked cities and towns and the only reason shelves were empty yesterday is because of selfish buggers panic buying. There have been more deliveries today. I don't think we're going to starve.

I would imagine in your situation, Dawndonna, you'd have to make sure you've got plenty in and are probably used to having to think ahead.

<sigh> calm down folks, have 54 rolls of andrex in my toilet, and no before you ask it's not because I'm a poo troll, they had a deal on at Makro... grin Now form an orderly cue at my door and I'll give you 1 roll in exchange for 1 ton of soup, however remember this is naice toilet roll so no Tesco value shit in tins thanks wink

GregBishopsBottomBitch Fri 18-Jan-13 19:21:41

Heinz Chicken Soup ok for you Tits?

Spuddybean Fri 18-Jan-13 19:29:36

i thought that's already what dancing on ice was Mole ! <laughs at own shit joke>

we have about 4 sheets left on the last loo roll in the house and DH was meant to be away this weekend so me and DS have pissed off to mums (her of the beanpocalypse cupboards). DH txted me at 1 to say his work weekend was cancelled and he was on his way home. Oh dear, no food or bog roll, looks like he my find an alternative use for those trifle sponges. hhmmm should i eat it or wipe my arse on it? It's the classic dilemma that Scott faced i'm sure grin

Dawndonna Fri 18-Jan-13 19:32:44

Must admit, towns seems daft. We are always prepared, because we know in advance. We have to be, particularly as there are people with disabilities in the house.

Narked Fri 18-Jan-13 19:41:10

'the bloody bastard brassica hoarders'


crunchbag Fri 18-Jan-13 20:05:22

Our sainsburys seems to have missed a trick, they have already replaced winter clothes with summer stuff

Shop wasn't too busy this morning, except for the tinned soup aisle grin

BanghamTheDirtyScone Fri 18-Jan-13 20:07:57

Went to Londis after school to get milk and bread as we have less than a loaf left and only a pint and a half. My children live on toast and cereal.

they had NO MILK at all shock

I don't know if some eejit bought it all or their delivery truck didn't get through

They did have a lot of soup though. which we didn't buy.

It isn't even snowing here.

Bakingnovice Fri 18-Jan-13 23:36:57

Tits can I have some rolls in exchange for some homemade curry? It's v nice. I'll need at least 6 rolls for the weekend as I like to do the wraparound the hand four times before wiping thing.

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