With all the good drugstore deals available, sometimes we pick up medicine at a good price “just in case,” then get lucky and don’t need it. Unfortunately, that luck seems to have bypassed my house the past few weeks, and I was thankful for my stockpile! Every so often, it’s a good idea to take stock of what you have on hand, what you’ve used, and what has expired.
So here’s this week’s Five Minute Challenge: head to the medicine cabinet, and spend a few minutes taking inventory. If it’s expired, check with your pharmacy for proper disposal (it’s no longer recommended to flush expired medicine!). Are any supplies depleted? Keep an eye out for sales and coupons. Did you score a great deal on something and have more than you’ll use? Think about donating–friends or relatives, a food bank, or domestic violence shelter might be able to use it (call first to check).
Make sure that medicines are kept in child-proof containers and out of temptation for little hands. If you have easy-open containers for arthritis, be sure they’re out of reach when pint-sized visitors come. Try to organize your medicine cabinet similarly to the rest of your stockpile, using the earliest expiration dates first, and donating excess to those in need.
Do you have a tip for keeping up with the medicine cabinet? Be sure to share in the comments below!