Saturday, August 12, 2017
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Checking those expiration dates!
I don't use the medicine cabinet in our bathroom very much. Which is probably evident when my husband brought me a box of cough syrup last week to check for the expiration date. We both agreed it had been in the cabinet "awhile".
Well, imagine my surprise when I finally found the date (it was embossed into the box and hard to find) to read the expiration was... 11/2010. Yes, you read that correctly. Seven years ago! As surprised as I was, I do think I remember buying that when Christopher had a cold when he was in college. Sheesh.
When I had children living at home, the medicine cabinet and First Aid kit were always checked a couple times a year to make certain we had everything needed to keep a middle of the night run to the drug store unnecessary. Why it would be so important then and not now would probably require counseling. I'd prefer just to spend the money on First Aid items.
I'd usually check the First Aid kits and medicine cabinet when school began each year. Whether it was public school, college, or when we homeschooled our son. With winter cold and flu season just around the corner and shopping for school supplies, anyway, it was a good time to check for needed purchases.
I used to have a Cold and Flu kit which I should do again. Especially after getting hit with that infection last winter. I talked a little bit about it here.
Time does seem to go faster than we realize. You may remember that a few months ago, I took all the canned goods and such out of the kitchen cabinets where they are kept and every item was checked for their expiration date. There were cans that had to be tossed and I am always getting things out of those cabinets. It will happen but not as often if we check a couple times a year.
So this brief Saturday post is just a reminder to check your expiration dates. When there truly is a need for First Aid and medications, we certainly don't want what is on our shelves to be out of date! I'd be interested in knowing if any of you found medicine that old.
If you were a fan of Laine's Letters like me, Annabel has recent suggestions from her! They can be found... here and here. It was good to hear from Laine again.
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