The convenience of a convenience store just isn’t there. They are great things for our modern lifestyles; you can get whatever you need whenever you need it. Unfortunately, a lot of people interpret this as you are expected to have what you need, when you need it.
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I was born in the ‘90s and grew up most of my life not far from town and so if you forgot something, you went to get it. It would take you less than 20 minutes and you were back on track. So why didn’t I just go without, because I could get it now and for a reasonable price. I would personally inconvenience myself to conveniently get what I needed.
Is it really an inconvenience if it’s what I need? Yes, it is. It is a trouble to my time and my wallet. It may only be 20 minutes but that adds up. A single similar trip a week leads to 17.33 hours a year to get that one forgotten item; add in the cost of gas and it’s also an extra $0.50/trip. There are A LOT of times where that one item is the difference between success and failure; but we more often than not we choose the greater inconvenience. Out of olive oil? The one time substitution with canola oil will be OK. Forgot chocolate chips? Why not sugar cookies. That light bulb burned out before guests showed up? Get over it. Not going to have enough gas to mow the lawn? Do it tomorrow or make a shopping trip out of getting more gas. Just because something is easy to do or buy, doesn’t mean it’s convenient. It is far more convenient to make do with what you have.
So what do you have? Given the shift in consumerism over the past few decades a high proportion of individuals have less than a week’s supply of food/necessities at their home. Why? Because it’s convenient to hit up the convenient store, the late night grocery store, or to just eat out. I can’t argue with that, for a lot of people it is easier to just go out and grab what you need. There aren’t viable options at home. Therein lies the problem. Convenience stores are only convenient if you buy into it.
Save yourself some time, money, and hassle. Stock up, relax, and take another look at the challenge before you hop into your car and visit your local one-stop shop.