When you visit a restaurant next and they give you more than enough condiment packages, save them. All too often I see restaurant servers and staff throwing those extra packets away. Next time you plan a picnic, camping trip, or food for a vacation, you’ll have a few of those packets available rather than having to deal with an entire bottle of something.
You might also be able to use them when you run out of a product. A couple of weeks ago, I was making potato salad. I looked in the fridge and realized we were almost out of mayonnaise. I try to NEVER run out of Hellman’s mayo, but the last time I saw a good deal on them was the week that we were at Disney. Since I had the deal in my mind, I thought we were stocked up, but the reality was that we weren’t. Luckily, I had a few extra mayo packets, which when added to what I scraped out of the jar was just enough.
Two other points—I’m not advocating that you steal extra packets. Don’t go to Wendy’s and leave with a purse full of ketchup! There is a difference in bringing home extras so that they won’t be thrown directly in the trashcan and taking more than you need intentionally. Next, those little packets impact the environment. Whenever you a restaurant has them, use a bottle or refillable cup for condiments. When you can recycle, do (some containers are recyclable).