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Extreme Couponing Tip: Avoid Expiration Date Pitfalls

Stockpiling is a main tenet of being a Krazy Couponer. So how do you ensure that nothing expires before it gets used? You don’t have to eat through your entire inventory or try to feed the whole neighborhood! Just follow these tips to make the most of your stockpile:

Oldest in front. When adding items to your stockpile, make sure to put the oldest can, box, or package in the front and the newest in the back.

Date it. Write the expiration date in bold marker on the front of the package for easy reference. Remember that even personal care items like shampoo, deodorant, and makeup have Expiration and Best By dates.

Keep track. If you notice a product nearing its expiration date and you won’t be able to use it in time, donate to friends, neighbors, or a food bank. Check with your local food bank for expiration restrictions. For example, they may only accept products 3 months or more before their expiration date.

Careful buying. Keep in mind that when stockpiling, only buy as much as you will use or donate before the expiration date, even if the items are free.

Check out links for more stockpile advice:

Stockpile Amount Guidelines

Variety in Stockpiling

Stockpile Inventory

Stockpiling Pitfalls

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3 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Avoid Expiration Date Pitfalls”

  1. ETIKC says:

    I keep extra boxes of crackers, cereal, cake mixes, chips.etc. in my freezer.

  2. AshleyAshley says:

    Slightly off topic….but, one of my girlfriends came over Friday night. She’s been interested in couponing for a while. And I showed her my binder of doom, and the kitchen and bathroom pantries. She was impressed. And as she was looking through the binder saying oh this coupon and that coupon can I have one? I said, of course! And then made her a bag full of things to take home. I said free free free….maybe 20 cents etc. I said this bag didn’t coast me more then 2 bucks tops. She goes, that’s crazy. I just smiled.

    It feels nice to be generous to friends and neighbors.=)

    How much can me and my 3 year old eat anyway!! Sharing’s a nice part of couponing.