Money Saving Monday Image*Every Monday throughout 2014 I will be sharing small Money Savings Tips to help stick to and expand your budget!

One small money saving tip that can help save money at the grocery store is to check expiration dates before putting an item into your cart. The same two items could have two different expiration dates and could help prevent food waste.

For example, the picture below is two salad bags I took a few weeks ago:

Expiration Dates Salad

One salad bag expires six days before the other bag. Although the expiration date is not always accurate; it gives you a good idea of how long the product will last. Six extra days for salad can make a big difference, especially if you tend to toss lettuce often or binge eat on salad.

Expand the shelf life of your food by picking out items that have the longest date possible. Also, I’ve noticed expired product on the shelves at my grocery store, so keep an eye out just in case your store isn’t great at turning over products.

Checking expiration dates is just one small way to save money at the grocery store. If you are throwing away expired food, you are throwing away money.

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