Butter shortage predicted ahead of the holidays, stock up at Aldi, it's cheaper than the mainstream grocery store

By Mike Thayer

20220623_124022(2)The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is predicting a butter shortage, reporting there is 22% less butter in storage than there was at this time last year.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also chimed in, stating butter costs 24% more than it did in October 2021.

Just ahead of the holidays, this is when Americans do more cooking and A LOT of baking. The timing couldn't be worse.  A butter shortage?  Seriously?  Labor shortages and supply chain issues are to blame for the decreased supply, and increased costs for dairy farmers were cited for the price hike.  Thanks Joe!

Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter
Another example of how Aldi is cheaper than the mainstream grocery store.  And I walked in with butter being the only item on my list and walked out with just the butter!  I denied myself impulse buys.  Unprecedented...

I found myself with a bit of a butter shortage this morning, down to my last two sticks and some batch cooking on the agenda today.  I was also out of coffee creamer and stamps, so off to the mainstream grocery store I went for some one-stop shopping.  You can't buy stamps at Aldi and I like the Kroger brand of coffee creamer better than what Aldi now offers (they no longer sell Friendly Farms creamer) and the price difference is negligible.  I got my stamps, grabbed a jug of coffee creamer, walked over to the fridge with the butter and saw the prices...  The cheapest one pound box (4 sticks) was the Kroger brand at $4.99. Land O'Lakes was priced at $5.49 and Tillamook (love their cheese) was priced at $5.79.  The cheapest butter on the shelf was Kerrygold Grass Fed Pure Irish Butter at $3.50, but that was for just 8 ounces.

Hello Aldi!

Regular readers know that I for the most part don't get hung up over name brands.  While I do hold a few preferences where I go with the name brand, when it comes to food, not so much.   At Aldi, I purchased a one pound box (4 sticks) of Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter for $3.98 plus tax.  That's $1 cheaper than the Kroger brand and entirely worth the six minute drive to Aldi and the extra stop.  Butter is butter, I don't need the name brand stuff to cook or bake with, I've never paused and thought, "Oh my, this butter is SO much better tasting than brand 'X'!"...  Butter is butter.

So plan ahead for your holiday baking and cooking, beat the shortage and stock up on butter at Aldi.  The price of butter is just another example of how Aldi is cheaper product for product than the mainstream grocery store.  A good plan B is to buy bulk at Costco or Sam's Club, you'll save there over the mainstream grocery store as well.

Other Predicted Shortages:  If you're hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, it's never too early to start planning that menu.  Even if you're not hosting, but you're asked or want to contribute to the feast, it's a good time to plan ahead.  Prices are up and shortages on Thanksgiving staples are predicted, so getting what you need now in beating the last minute Thanksgiving rush crowd would be a very good thing.  Shortages have been predicted for butter, cream cheese (just about any dairy product in fact), chocolate, corn, tomatoes, beer, turkeys, olive oil, frozen pies and even frozen pizza (a traditional no fuss dinner the day before Thanksgiving for many). 

$pend Wisely My Friends...

 

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Carnival
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The Stars and Stripes Youth Cross Park Race is new in 2022.  This race is for youth ages 5 to 11 and is on Saturday, July 2, at 10:00 am in S.T. Morrison Park.  Registration is required.  The race is approximately one mile long with obstacles and challenges along the way.   For more information about the races, call the Recreation Center at 319.248.1750 or visit www.coralville.org/4thFest5K

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  • Night Ranger, 8:00 pm:  Heavy-hitting rock legends Night Ranger has sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed across 4,000 stages, and captivated a radio audience that exceeds one billion.  Their popularity is fueled by legendary titles such as “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.”  Night Ranger released their 12th studio album (And The Band Played On) in 2021.  The band is Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, Eric Levy, and Keri Kelli.

Food
Vendors offer a variety of food available for purchase in S.T. Morrison Park beginning July 3 and 4 at noon.   

Bingo
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Pancake Breakfast 
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Parade
The annual 4thFest parade begins on July 4 at 10:00 am with a two-mile route that starts and ends at the corner of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue. The parade travels east on 9th Street and 8th Street, south on 14th Avenue, east on 7th Street, south on 12th Avenue, west on 5th Street, north on 20th Avenue, and west on 8th Street. View a parade map at www.coralville.org/4thFestParade. The parade will be livestreamed on the Coralville 4thFest Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Coralville4thFest.

Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, stay behind the curb when watching the parade. Seating is not available on 22nd Avenue; parade entries line up on 22nd Avenue.  The viewing area on 5th Street from the fire station west to the end of S.T. Morrison Park is designated as “limited noise”.

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Concert & Fireworks
To close the 4th of July, enjoy the music of the Iowa City Community Band beginning at 8:30 pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9:45 pm in S.T. Morrison Park, courtesy of the Coralville Fire Department. The fireworks will be livestreamed on the Coralville 4thFest Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Coralville4thFest

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Learn More
Times and events are subject to change. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.coralville.org/4thFest.