Stockpile Organizing: Watch the expiration dates!

January 11, 2012 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Shopping, Couponing
So by now, you’ve probably collected a lot of items for your stockpile, and you’ve got them organized on your shelves, right? Well, lesson learned last week as I was cleaning up after Christmas, my family needs to eat more cereal!! I was so proud of myself last spring when I came home with box after box of really cheap cereal. Almost 9 months later, I still have plenty of cereal, but now some of the boxes are approaching their expiration date. So for the next few weeks, we will be eating cereal every morning for breakfast to use up what I have before it expires.

Here are a few random ideas when checking and maintaining your stockpile:

  • Organize each product by date. For example, put the box of cereal that expires first at the front of your shelf (that way you use it first!)
  • Periodically check your stockpile to see if items are expiring soon and use them up (if you know you won’t use them by their expiration, give them away to friends and family. Or better yet, give to your local food pantry)
  • Periodically check to see what items you are running low on, and watch for them to go on sale.
  • Don’t buy more than what you will use before they expire!

Bargain Buys

First of all, I have been price matching and using coupons a lot at Walmart lately. I thought I had saved a lot with my approximately $30 in savings yesterday. Well, my friend Sam just called and saved almost $120 on her trip there this afternoon! Way to go, Sam!!

This week you may find bargains at Target such as: gift card promotions on Smart Ones Frozen entrees, All, Wisk, and Snuggle laundry items, and Huggies diapers. Also, look for bargains on Flintstone vitamins, Maybelline mascara, & Market Pantry pasta and pasta sauce. Bargain at Walgreens this week include specials on milk, “free” Reach toothbrushes and floss, Colgate toothbrushes and toothpaste, Tylenol Precise, Axe shower gel, Neutrogena skin care, and Prevacid.

FatWallet tip: This post is part of an ongoing series of posts for the couponers and those who wanna be couponers! You may access all the posts on Shannen's author page. Please be sure to check out the grocery coupons and deals forum here on FatWallet to get great deals and connect with other couponers!
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January 11, 2012 | Posted By: JK27
Just because a product "expires" does not mean it is unusable. Nothing will magically happen to that box of cereal on the day it expires to make it unsafe/or inedible. Often, many products say "best if used by ...." but again, most products are perfectly fine after that date. When we all grew up, there was no such thing as a "product expiration date." If the milk did not smell good or taste good, you tossed it. If it smelled/tasted fine, it was good to go. None of us died without these arbitrary dates that are put on products by the manufacturers. Some common sense is needed here, in regards to use of expiration dates.
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