Shortages, supply chain issues, unintentional scarcity---call it what you will, but there's plenty of it going on from coast-to-coast, and, as you've no doubt noticed, right here in Illinois.

We know that prices have gone soaring with inflation, but there's very little solace in knowing that you'll save money on some things simply because you can't find them anywhere.

What have you been trying to find, only to discover that it's on the list of product shortages right now?

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Our Current Situation Is Different Than The Beginning Of The Pandemic, When Store Shelves Were Cleared Out By Panic-Buying Customers

Thinking back to early 2020 when the pandemic really started rolling, lots of folks went nuts buying up as many staples as they could lay their hands on, especially toilet paper and cleaning/sanitizing products. You'd see stores with the majority of their inventory depleted by that kind of shopping attack.

Now, it's a spotty situation, according to the Consumer Brands Association. They say that while there definitely are shortages, the shortages deal with more specific products, not widespread store-emptying.

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Let's Run Down What You've Probably Already Noticed Is In Short (Or, Non-Existent) Supply In Illinois Grocery Stores

Like they say in the commercials, "your results may vary" when it comes to things you can't find at the grocery store. One store may be out, but another may have an ample supply.

Regardless, here are the things that you may come up empty searching for here in Illinois (for a variety of reasons):

  • Baby Formula
  • Tampons and other women's hygiene products
  • Sriracha
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  • Wheat
  • Avocados
  • Paper Goods
  • Pet Food
  • Wine Bottles
  • Sugar

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