Pragmatism not Panic

A few weeks ago, when Italy entered a shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, my husband and I saw the writing on the wall and decided to stock up on a few essentials. We didn’t go overboard but now have a freezer full of meat and vegetables and a pantry full of tins and pulses. And yes, I did buy a few extra rolls of toilet paper and tissues. I basically just added a little bit extra to the last few orders.

This isn’t “panic buying”. It’s actually quite sensible. Especially if you have picky eaters in your house. If someone will only eat one brand of chicken nuggets, and not much else, there’s nothing wrong with having extra packs stashed in your freezer.

And now that people have actually started to “panic buy”, I’m glad we had such foresight. Because I have that extra comfort and security I otherwise wouldn’t have had. Because there’s no way you’ll ever find me joining the masses queuing up for basic items.

I haven’t actually queued up in a supermarket all that much for a long time now. Because I tend to faint if standing up for too long! So I’ve been getting two Tesco deliveries every week for the last 13 years. I’m ahead of the curve on that one!

Imagine my horror today then when I went to book a delivery for tomorrow. I usually book the day before and it’s rarely a problem. But there were no slots for tomorrow. Or the day after. Or the day after that. Or…the earliest available slot was next Friday!

So now I’m thinking of pre-booking a slot for every Tuesday and Friday for the foreseeable. And ordering, far in advance, what I think we may need. Which can be amended closer to the delivery date anyway. This seems the most pragmatic and logical thing to do. Because I have really rely on getting my groceries delivered. And online shopping in general.

There is, of course, the risk that very little of what I order will actually be available by then. Who knows? Already Tesco have run out of anything with the words “antibacterial” in the description. And also the cheaper brands of basics like milk and eggs. I’m not going to worry about that but just assume that things will calm down soon. Things will soon settle down to a new normal, whatever that may end up being.

I hope.

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