Just to engage in the off-topic discussion, there are good and bad reasons to have expiration dates that most drugs have. The bad reasons, of course, are because expiration dates don't represent value in the same way that food dates do, for example. We can typically conclude that food will expire on or somewhat shortly after a printed expiration date and it will be no use afterwards. They are also significantly shorter time frames than pharmaceutical expiration. The good reasons are generally practical as well as geared towards safety. The date is a highly controlled value, in which the manufacturer has proven to the FDA that the drug meets safety and efficiency standards. The testing required to prove this is not insignificant, and longer expiration dates extend the time delay between initial manufacturing and bringing a drug to market. This is particularly an issue for new drugs. In additional, best practices as well as regulations require manufacturers to hold on-hand samples of all drug lots that are (generally) un-expired, but the hold time can vary some. Longer expiration dates require larger warehousing for product samples and this can be prohibitive.
Long story short, most expiration dates represent the point at which only a minimal (but not insignificant) portion of the drug "efficiency" has decayed. It is not completely a plot to keep you wasting money, but steady revenue does play a role in the decision of how to market the expiration date.
Not to mention that some drugs may even decay into a poisonous substance. But that's another matter.
Who would go through all this trouble to save so little?
(Oh yeah, this is SD where free is king -- even if it is a PIA...)
hey.. if your already at target.. why not? Otherwise I would not go out of my way.
We like to keep the little bottles in the car or other places as a just in case.. While a 1000 of them at sams for 5 bucks is a good deal. If you need 1000 of them before they expire I suggest you see a doctor.
If you don't use ibuprofen often (1000 tabs over two years before expiration means you'll be taking at least one every day), 24 tabs will be pretty handy to have when you need it. I highly doubt I'd use 1000 tabs, which would just waste part of that 5 dollars. On the other hand, if you do use ibuprofen often, then yes, the 5 dollar bottle is much easier to deal with.
We go to target multple times a week, the coupon doesn't expire for over a month, so it's no issue to pick up a free one (or two if there are two of us) every visit. We also pick up the free revlon tweezers/nail clippers/emery boards at the same time. We'll have in the neighborhood of 500 tabs or more by the time this expires, and a couple dozen revlon beauty products - free.
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