It used to be that you paid the price for convenience at your local corner gas station. If you ran out of something like milk, you would end up paying anywhere from 50 cents to $1 more for a gallon of the white stuff.
But with gas prices reaching an all-time high, convenience stores may just have the better prices.
We recently had to purchase water softener salt for our water conditioning system (the water is full of iron up here!). In town, a 40 pound bag costs about $3.50. At our local convenience store, it costs $4.50.
Since a trip to town costs us $8 (round trip of 56 miles), purchasing the water softener salt at the convenience store (which is only about 6 miles round trip) surprisingly ends up being the better deal.
On the days that I have a lot of other errands to run in town (full-blown grocery shopping, Target/Walmart deals, library, and post office stops), it makes sense to just get what I need in town. But on those days when I only need a few things, I may have to reconsider my local corner store. It may be more convenient than I thought.