How often do you open up the refrigerator to pull out a sauce, beverage or condiment and wonder “Is this still good”?

Unless the bottle looks like something out of a science lab there is nothing to really tell you whether or not your product is still good.  Of course, now there is ‘an app for that’. allows you to type in the item in question and find out how long it will last opened or unopened.  They also offer an app for your iphone.

Now, how do you know long it has been in the freezer or refrigerator?  For items with a label use a permanent marker to write the date you purchased it.  Once you open a product, cross out that date and write the date you opened the container.

To get you started, take 30 minutes this weekend to pull out everything from the door of your refrigerator.  Be ruthless.

Happy organizing!


Are you among the millions shopping online this year for the holidays?  If so, take advantage of all that the stores have to offer.

Have you ever signed up for a company’s newsletter and received sale notices by email?  Typically these sales have an offer code  or what is often known as a coupon code or promotion code.  These are a series of numbers and letters that you enter at checkout.

This year, before hitting the ‘Submit Order’ button, check for the coupon or promotion box.  If the store site has one, open another window and go to a site, such as Retail Me Not (  Then type in the store’s website where you are shopping.  You’ll see coupon or promotion codes both that have been proven to be successful as well as those that have had less success.  On Retail Me Not you’ll see the percentage of time these have worked.

Look for a code that matches what you are looking for (i.e. Free Shipping or 20% off your order, etc…).  Then write down the code and return to the store’s shopping window.  Type in that code and presto – you’ve saved money!

These sites gather information from people just like you.  They rely on online shoppers to add new codes as they receive them or use them.   If you receive an offer consider ‘giving back’ to your fellow shoppers and submitting your code.

I’ve been shopping this way for years and have saved hundreds (probably thousands) of dollars.  What do you have to lose?  Give it a try the next time you shop online.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!