How to Save $ on Salt and Pepper




Many of us are trying to save and be frugal in these economic times. One way to pinch pennies is to save on condiments. This could apply to any condiment, such as mustard or ketchup. All you need to do is gather supplies, and take the time.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

-2 empty shakers
-packets of salt
-packets of pepper
-plastic sandwich bag
-an hour of your time (or less)

Collect salt and pepper packets from restaurants, dining halls, co-workers, where ever you can pinch them. Suggested: keep them collected in a sandwich bag until the bag is full.

Step 2: Separate!

empty your bag, and separate the salt from the pepper. This step is optional, but it is suggested for quicker filling.

Step 3: Make Funnel(s)

This step is also optional, but it is highly recommended to prevent the spilling of the salt and pepper. If you have a funnel, feel free to use it. But If you're like me, you can just make one by rolling up scrap paper and fitting it into the tops of the unscrewed shakers.

Step 4: Start Filling

start opening up packets and dumping into the shakers.
Make sure you read each packet, so a pepper does not go into the salt, and vice versa.

Step 5: Keep Going!

You might want to stop, but keep it up! Think of how nice it will be to have salt and pepper to cook with!

Step 6: Done!

Clean up, and enjoy your free salt and pepper! It might not look like a lot, but now that you have some, you can start collecting packets again. Hopefully by the time you run out, you will have enough to fill 'er up again.

The best part was it's free! 

Enjoy seasoned food! 



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      8 Discussions


      8 years ago on Introduction

      when we do go out and take a few packets of whatever, We almost always take to much fearing having to rise to get more if we don't grab some extras. I do carry a few in a baggie in my purse, and put the extras of catsup and whatever in the fridge for my hubby to take in his lunch. When the fridge overfloweth, I add the remainder to the catsup bottle. it's all a matter of why you grabbed them I guess. I didn't want them thrown out if I didn't use them, as is customary.


      9 years ago on Introduction

      Not a bad idea to put those little packets to easier use.  I just question how much it will really save if any because you have to eat out to get the packets which costs more than cooking your own food at home.


      9 years ago on Introduction

      But a new box of salt costs you 50 pennies. Is this 'ible a joke?


      9 years ago on Introduction

      Theres a difference between being Frugal and just plain cheap. This is just plain cheap. I do commend you on an idea thats been around for a while though. My grandpa saved money on paper towels by taking a handful of napkins each visit to McResturant. This was in the past... now they shun upon such acts.


      9 years ago on Introduction

      Save some more money and time by just walking into any local restaurants and taking the salt, pepper and condiments off the tables.  Why bother with the little packets?  If you're going to take those you might was well go big.


      9 years ago on Introduction

      Ive never taken the time to empty all the littlepackets but I do have about have a refrigerator drawer full of packets of everything from chinese mustard to hot sauce from all the major fast food joints and many of the small places as well. Not only do they come in handy when the bottle runs dry and the pantry doesn't have a replacement but they come in real handy for camping/fishing/picnics as well


      9 years ago on Introduction

      Yea, you could pick up rock-salt from the roads too?