Wow - you guys are inspiring! Don't know if I could be disciplined enough to rotate my stock in an orderly fashion - I try to grab things from the "back" of my pantry, but sometimes I'm in a rush and...well, that explains the expiration problems. In follow-up to a few comments, I did donate a bunch of items to our church pantry and donated the last-minute stuff (once I realized the movers wouldn't take it!) to friends. And, yes, I knew in advance we were moving and quit buying stuff for around 4 months - which tells you just how much stock I had! Truth be told, I took two boxes of household chemicals (and about 20 pounds of batteries!) in the car - probably not a good idea, but I just couldn't stand to discard or give away my next year's worth of cleaning supplies knowing that finances will be tight in the coming months. (I know, I know - if we had been in an accident, that might have turned out to be a very foolish penny-pinching decision.) We're now temporarily living in a 2-bedroom apartment with next to no space for anything and it's killing me to only buy 1 bottle of ketchup on sale at a time and to find myself at the grocery store every few days. I'll look forward to re-stocking at our new house (bring on the storage space!) but hopefully with far more moderation and care than I did in the old house.Thanks for all the great info on storage durations, expiration dates, etc. That was news to me and should really help to save a few bucks here and there!-Blue
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