A cheapskate prepping idea!

I have been brainstorming ideas to “find” food and resources for our pantry and 72 hour stash. One thing that keeps coming around is the 72 hour stash is designed for no power, or infrastructure for 72 hours. That is really not uncommon as you might think. I grew up in severe thunderstorm/tornando country in the summer and snowstorm/ice storm country in the winter. 3 days no power happened a couple times a year.

One cheapskate idea hit me going through a fast food joint. We don’t eat out very much but when we do they always ask… do you want ketchup with that? or sauce?

Now I say, YES!

This can be a great find for several reasons:

1) The ketchup, Mayo, BBQ…whatever sauce given is free with your meal

2) By using a package of sauce for your meal you cut down drastically on the possiblity of food poisoning by bacteria etc. from lack of refridgeration.

3) Packages of sauce are much lighter than a full bottle of sauce

4) A bottle of sauce can be a mess if it come unscrewed. Small packages can be saved in a ziploc baggie to contain any possible mess.

Look around and use ALL your resources!

4 Responses to A cheapskate prepping idea!
  1. Denise M
    March 31, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    I never say no to the taco sauces at my favorite taco drive through. And, if we are somewhere that has other condiments and we take too many, I don’t let my kids throw them away. That would be a waste. I have taken them home to use in our trailer. But, It is a good idea to have extras saved up for just in case.

  2. Jamie
    April 12, 2011 | 10:02 am

    ugh, I always toss those…at least I have ever since a sauce was stepped on in the van and exploded all over the place. What a great idea.

    I have a question…what is in your 72hr kit?

  3. Richard Kimball
    August 25, 2012 | 9:51 pm

    I also keep a supply of the salt, sugar and pepper from fast food joints. The plastic jar can also come in very handy as a water container, candle wind shield, etc.

  4. B Jackson
    August 25, 2012 | 10:06 pm

    Cool idea but maybe fill up and create one each year and after a couple years toss the old ‘stash’ and start a new one. Even packets get *really* nasty after a couple years (voice of experience – ::shudder::) I will definitely start saving them in such containers and doing just that now that you’ve suggested it!

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