In most cases, checks do not expire. However, after six months, checks are considered stale and banks and credit unions are not required to cash them, states the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Some types of alcohol do expire even when they are not opened, according to the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Liquors that have sugar or cream added tend to have a shorter shelf life.
Although paint cans typically do not have a printed expiration date, paint does expire. Oil-based paints are good for around 15 years, while latex paints last up to 10 years; however, after a paint can is opened, the paint is only usable for two to four years.
According to WebMD and Mayo Clinic, vitamins do expire; they become less effective over time and gradually lose all their potency. If a package of vitamins is past its expiration date, consumers are better off throwing it out and getting a replacement.
Money orders do not expire, according to Western Union and MoneyGram. However, the issuers may charge a service fee if the money order is not cashed within one to three years of purchase, depending on state laws.
Since a law was passed in 1979, prescription drugs have a date printed on them to warn when they should be discarded. This date assures consumers that they are getting the full strength of the prescription medication and that it's still safe to take, states Harvard Heal...
Butter does not have an infinite shelf life and does expire. If unopened butter is refrigerated at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit it can last up to two months. Butter that does not contain oil only stays good in the refrigerator for one month.