I didn't think this needed to be said, but there it is: some people live in a tiny apartment in the city. These people don't have a garage to store non-perishables like giant bags of rice and beans, and they sure do not have space for 2 chest freezers to store the entire cow they buy once a year.I buy TP about once a year, in bulk. There were 2.5 deer in the freezers at our warehouse along with plenty of other stuff when people started to panic. Why would anyone buy rice & beans in less than 20 lb. sacks, you know you'll use it before it goes bad?