I am a Condiment Pack(et) Rat...

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
September 4, 2008 12:56am CST
There! It's out in the open for everyone to know. I think I have at least 3 months worth of supply of condiment packets in the house. Ketchup, mayonnaise, relish, mustard (Sister keeps this, not me), honey, salt, pepper, and soy sauce. I even keep the unused/unwrapped chopsticks and plastic utensils we get from take-outs just in case we need to use them. I have been to countless fast food joints in my lifetime. I always make sure to ask for these condiment packets. I know I don't really need them. We have our own bottles of condiments stocked in the house at all times. But we always have that one bag filled with condiment packets. Are you like me? Do you hoard condiment packets too? Why?
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@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
4 Sep 08
i am the same as well... i like to collect condiment packet from the fast food restaurants whenever i go there... i also collect the plastic spoon, forks and chopsticks in case i will need them in the future... but i will throw them away at some stage when it is already too much... i don't know the reason why... may be it is just my habit and i am doing it for fun... take care and have a nice day...
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Hello lingli. When I first thought of this topic, I was asking myself why people would be interested in responding to such a silly question. Now I know that there are people out there who are just like me. It's good to check the "collection" every now and then and throw out the "suspicious-looking" ones. Thanks for sharing.
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• United States
4 Sep 08
NO I DO NOT!!!!! But my mother and my sister would give you a 'run for your money' I am sure!!! One day I was riding with my sister in her car and she handed me something and asked me to put it in the glove box. I opened it up and got a lap full of plastic utensils and condiment packets (they wouldn't fit in there well from all the napkins stuffed in the back). When we were living together I would get so frustrated with her because I like things very streamlined and user friendly, and she does not like to throw anything away. One day I was in the kitchen rearranging cabinets and drawers to achieve a more user friendly and efficiently organized space, and found one primely located drawer stuffed full of packaged plasticware, chopsticks, ketchup, relish, mustard, salt & pepper, ETC ETC ETC, but I could not convince her to throw it away. She put it in a picnic basket and put that in the trunk of her car. I doubt that she even transferred the stuff that was already in her glove box either!!! My mother has a HUGE shopping bag stuffed to the brim with them... and guaranteed some of them have turned to stone in their little packages, and I would not feel it was safe to use any of them!!! I think that a few of those in your vehicle is a good idea because you never know when they might come in handy, but surely these two are an example of 'too much of a good thing'?!?
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I think your mom, your sister and I should get together and have a party using some of these packaged plasticware and whatnot. We could use a lot of the condiments during a barbecue. I seriously laughed out loud when I was reading the glove box scenario. Thanks for responding!
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• United States
5 Sep 08
Hah! I think you'd have to have barbecues and parties every week for the next 2 years - with everybody in the neighborhood for a few miles all around invited - in order to use all these condiments my family members alone have accumulated, not even counting what you would be 'throwing into the pot'!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Hey, the more the merrier! But then we'd be sick of the food. Plus, I don't really enjoy the neighbor at the corner. I will not offer them an invite! Will not, will not, will not!
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@mymelodake (1339)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
hehehe yeah, we hoard them too, especially ketchup, although i don't specifically ask for them. we have lots of packets of ketchup because i like to buy fries, and usually get ketchup with those, but i don't like ketchup (i prefer gravy with my fires heheh) so i keep them instead of just leaving them on the tray. my dad does this too and after getting liver surgery he went home with these individually packed toothpicks from the hospital LOL
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Gravy and fries. Fries and gravy. Hmmm. Your dad is funny. I hope he's doing much better after the surgery. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
yeah, he's fully recovered, thanks! :)
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Well, that is good to know. Thanks mymelodake.
• United States
5 Sep 08
I keep a small stock because they come in handy to pack in kids lunches or save up for a block party or family reunion. I just can't pass up anything free is what it comes down to - heck yes I want some mild sauce with my tacos! My favorite are the chinese "duck sauce" ones, those are like gold in our house. Or lemon juice, hard to find those.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Lemon juice packets? I've never gotten those. Free stuff is always good! Heheh.
• United States
10 Sep 08
I wonder if they go bad and if anyone has ever gotten sick off of those. I think lemons are expensive so you don't find the packets much these days. How about the pre-moistened wipes, not food but they are great to have in the car for the kids.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I've come across wipes but not that often. I don't really know much about lemon packets but I think for every packet there is an expiration date or something. My mom has a lemon tree so we always have a good supply of lemons when we need them. Thanks again kimberlylynn.
4 Sep 08
I have quite a few little condiment packets, but they're generally ones that my parents have brought back from weekend hotel stays, camping holidays, train journeys, meetings, etc. For some reason, whenever they come to see me, I get given a bag of little sauce sachets! I have a great variety, in a small bag. I have ketchup, mayo, salad cream, HP, mint sauce, BBQ sauce, english mustard, coffee, tartar sauce and a couple of strange ones that will never get used!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
So this means your condiment collection includes stuff from different places. You get condiment souvenirs. Cool! Have you ever asked your parents why they hand you these?
5 Sep 08
I think it's because they think I don't have enough money! I'm really not sure what the mind-set is, but I'm all for free things. It's quite handy knowing I have these things as a back-up should I run out of bottles of sauces before I have a chance to go shopping.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Sep 08
The parents just want to help out. Thanks for responding again random...
@drannhh (15227)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Hubby likes to hoard that stuff and I have to go through his stash and get rid of stuff from time to time, because he just hoards it, he doesn't use it, and that stuff doesn't keep forever. It could expand and make a mess. We don't use or keep ketchup or relish around but we have the other stuff--since we aren't any one place for very long, I just buy the small sizes, though, even though it is much cheaper in larger containers. Usually I reuse the bottles for something, so I try to buy stuff that comes in attractive ones.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I go through the stuff every now and then to throw the older ones out. But sometimes you can't really tell which is which when you put them all together so I would end up throwing everything out. But then after a month, a bag would start to fill up again. What brand do you think has the most attractive condiment bottle? Thanks for responding.
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@drannhh (15227)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Hah! The most attractive one is usually the one I don't have. One I like, though, is the Girard Dressing 12 oz bottles which are frosted glass with a triangular base. The heavy glass keeps the dressing cool if it is left out on the table throughout a meal. Most recently, though, I bought an 8 oz craft Zesty Italian for the cute little plastic bottle, but then I refilled it with my homemade sweet onion dressing.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I had to go check their site to see what the bottles look like. It's not really a condiment but Boyfriend likes the Martinelli's single-serve 10 oz. apple cider bottle. I think I've only tried to make my own dressing once. Here's to many more cute condiment bottles!
• United States
7 Sep 08
I'm not really that bad thankfully. I don't go to many places anymore that actually have the condiment packets. We do have a take out cafe on campus that has some condiment packets and I was thinking about taking a handful of mayo packets everytime I got lunch or dinner there so we didn't have to buy mayo for our apartment. However my partner ended up bringing a few things of mayo from home so I didn't have to worry about hoarding the packets. Although I think I would if that meant I could save some money.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Sep 08
So you're more of a mayo-hoarder-thinker. I like mayonnaise but Boyfriend always insists that Miracle Whip is better. Frankly, I can't really taste the difference. I like your Satchel avatar. I enjoy Get Fuzzy but was more of a Bucky fan. Thanks for responding.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I have a few ketchup packets from McDonald's and a few Mild sauce packets from Taco Bell, but that is about it. My sister used to have a drawer in her fridge designated for sauce packets only. It was always pretty full. That was back when she ate fast food a lot. Now she does not eat it very much, so no need for a drawer anymore.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Sep 08
So your sister outgrew her fast food days huh? At least you have a few in supply in case you need them. Thanks for responding.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
Well I would say I keep those extra hot sauce or ketchup packets that were unused and store them at the ref. So that the next time there is pizza or something we use them on it too. We also have a lot of condiment packets at home but of course we throw out some already that looks like spoiled. Sometimes it saves us money too since we have a lot of them we sometimes don't buy anymore bottles of ketchup.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Even though we have a LOT of ketchup packets, Boyfriend always makes sure to have 2 bottles of ketchup in the house. If we start to use the last of the two, he buys another one for "stock". Obviously, Boyfriend is into ketchup. Makes everything taste better, he says. Thanks for responding.
• United States
4 Sep 08
My wife is a diabetic and can only use artificial sweetener. So I always take extra of the little pink packs of sugar substitute from fast food places and convenience stores and keep them at home and in the car. It saves money and is more convenient.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Well, for you cotton0821, I think you have every right and every reason to do so. It is so sweet of you to think of your wife and take care of her. Thanks for responding.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I used to take them, when they were still liberally distributing them. But in the last few years, you have to ask for them and then they only give you one or two packages of ketchup. It saves money though. I still take the unused packages home with me. It saves money. I use those up before I use our regular condiments again. Have to pinch a penny where I can;)
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Yes, I know what you mean about having to ask for them now. Sometimes, even if you ask them and they say yes, you get home and find that they didn't. Oh well. Thanks for responding jonesy.
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
4 Sep 08
When it comes to packets of stuff you get from fast food places I do not really hoard them even though in the past I would collect Taco Bell sauce packets because I love their mild sauce,and my mom cooks those taco kits you can but at the grocery store from time to time,and I rather use Taco Bell sauce than the sauce that comes with it, because the Taco Bell sauce is better in my opinion.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I forgot about the mild sauce. I rarely go to Taco Bell now unless Boyfriend wants to buy some Taco Bell. Thanks Cowboy.