Sometimes a deal just isn't that great of a deal especially if you have to go cross town to get the "deal". If you factor in gas sometimes sticking closer to home is better. Let's take a look at my situation. I live in Kennewick so for me the closest stores are Albertsons (Gage/Leslie or Edison/Clearwater). In fact, let's break down the mileage for me.
Albertsons (Gage/Leslie) is approximately 3 miles from my home. Considering that there is a Walgreen's across the street and two banks (Hapo & Chase) right across the street) plus a Blockbuster, Albertsons gas station and Shell Gas Station this makes it convenient to me.
Albertsons (Edison/Clearwater) is approximately 2½ miles from my home HOWEVER there really isn't anything else nearby (US Bank is across the street) that I often use.
Kennewick WinCo is nearly 3 miles from my home and while Hapo is nearby (along with Dutch Brothers) there isn't a Walgreens nearby or any place to rent movies at a reasonable cost (Hollywood Video kiddie-corner to them but that place is VERY expensive to rent from).
Richland WinCo is 6 miles from my home and 4 miles from the hubby's work. It means I have to get on the 240 to get to the store.
Walmart (Kennewick) is nearly 6½ miles from me. The Walmart in Richland less than 6 miles and the Pasco Walmart is nearly 10 miles! Since Yoke's in Pasco is across the street from Walmart that makes Yoke's in Pasco basically the same distance from my home. Yoke's in West Richland is nearly 10½ miles from my home while the Kennewick store is between 6½ to 7 miles depending on which street I take to get there.
Now there are two Safeways in our area - Richland and Kennewick. Needless to say the Richland Safeway is much further from my home (nearly 8 miles) while the Kennewick store is only a little over 4 miles.
Oh and let's not forget Fred Meyer. The Richland store is nearly 7 miles away while the Kennewick store is nearly 5.
So is it really a deal for me to drive to places like Yoke's just to save a few dollars? No. If you drive a small economical car then yes, because your vehicle won't be guzzling gas like crazy unlike my SUV monster. I keep telling the hubby I need a small car to run errands because my SUV takes almost 45 gallons to fill up (and right now 40 gallons x $2.82/gal = $113 to pretty much fill it).
One of the reasons I shop at Albertsons on Gage & Leslie is because of the gas perks but I will also shop at the Richland WinCo. I try to stay close to home but I will travel to the Richland WinCo to shop (I can't reiterate how much I dislike the Kennewick WinCo). While the Gage Albertsons is further than the Edison store the fact that there are other stores nearby makes it worth my time to go there. I also shop the Kennewick Target and Costco so it makes sense for me to remain in the area to shop then go any place else. I do shop at the Edison Albertsons if I'm in the area (my daughters schools are nearby as is our dentist) but to me it's not that closer if I have to run to the bank (which is another two miles from the Edison store).
So, here's sometime to consider when you're shopping. Is it really a deal if you have to travel further to save a few dollars? Sometimes the answer is no.
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