The shortages don't just stretch to bread, milk and cooking oil. A severe lack of fuel brings further difficulties.
Morning and evening, queues of commuters line the city streets, waiting for a lift to work and then back home again.
As fuel becomes scarcer, fares for the fleets of commuter minibuses that carry Harare's workers, traders and school children from the poor townships are pushed up further.
Now many have no choice but to walk. Some spend four hours a day walking.