When you go grocery shopping do you check the expiration date? I often see people just grab what they need and continue on with their shopping trip but they never take the extra second to check the expiration date. I always stop and check the expiration date. Why do you ask? I want the longest date possible which means fresher or newer product whereas the one that is expiring closest has been on the shelf for a long time, and unwanted. Regardless of expiring near or further – you are still paying the full retail price so why not be selective and getting the quality you deserve! However, some grocery stores do mark down prices if the product expires soon or on the day of. Sometimes you even find expired items on the shelf! But generally the grocery stores I shop out just tosses out expired items and does not mark them down at all. I sure hope they donate the food items though or perhaps allow the employees to bring them home because that would go to a waste!
Recently, for the past couple of months – I have noticed a trend (just my theory) reference the photo I snapped of milk cartons, for an example – where if a product expires ‘closer’ they flip the product where the expiration date does not show. And the ones in the back you could see the date, so I do not know if this is some sort of strategy or makes your eyes confused – to think you are getting a further date and just grabbing the closest milk carton? But a general tip is anything within grabbing distance to you is the product that expires the closest whereas if you grab from the back or towards the back is the much newer fresher product! I always opt for getting products toward the back!