Always check expiration date/use by date. A while back, my wife and I went into a local Amish store for some canning stuff. While there, we walked around and checked prices on several items. I noticed some Ritz Crackers w/ cream cheese. Mmmmmmmmmmmm! REALLY GOOD price! In the back of the 'stacks' was an expiration date several months forward. In the front, was a BUNCH of the packages with expiration date 6 months expired!!!! When I spend my $$$$$$, I want FRESH.