Expiration Dates & My Embarrassing Lesson

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Do You Know Your Expiration Dates?

Expiration Dates and Sharpies

A long time ago, I had visitors to my house. My parents and my brother and his family. I learned a very embarrassing lesson during their stay. I was serving dinner, which included a salad. On the table, I had placed condiments like Ranch dressing, Italian dressing, mayonnaise, etc. My sister-in-law poured on the Ranch, took a bite and spit it out. Same thing with my Father and the Italian. What the heck was going on? The dressings were way past their expiration dates. Oops!

We all had a good laugh and dry salads. After dinner, my Mom & I took a look inside the fridge. There were quite a few items that had expired. I wasn’t a couponer at that point, but what she taught me to do comes in especially handy with all of the products I’ve accumulated in my stockpile. As soon as I get my purchases home, I take a Sharpie and mark the expiration dates on the tops. This way, no matter where that product lands; in my stockpile, in the cupboard or the refrigerator, I can see at a glance when it expires.

Other Ways my Expiration Dates Tip Helps

When I’m planning my weekly menu, I’ll also take a quick look around and see if anything is expiring soon. If it is, I choose a dish that will use that product up. I also rotate everything in my stockpile – newest products to the back. Because I use the Sharpie trick as soon as I bring it home, the expiration dates are easy to see because they’re all written on the top. I do this with everything that expires. Toothpaste, medicine, suntan lotion, etc. That way I can always see at a glance, what should be leaving me soon.

This is a simple practice and only takes a second to do, if you do it every time you buy something & get it home. My Mom & I laugh about it now, but boy was that awkward! Don’t pull a Michele. Go label everything now while you’re thinking about it, before the embarrassing happens to you!

Thanks for laughing with me 🙂

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