Several months ago there were some great deals on those little Post-It Signature Flags. I bought a few for work, but then started to imagine they could help me manage my stockpile. The kids spent a whole day checking expiration dates and flagging each perishable item in the stockpile.
If you click on the picture to see a larger version, you'll see that the flags have the expiration month written on them. The color indicates the year. Yes, I know what you are thinking. I am insane. And that's OK. This method works for me.
At a glance I can see when each item is expiring. This is especially helpful for my just-turned-40 eyes that are having a tough time seeing small print like expiration dates. (Hence me having the KIDS do this job!)