A convenience store is just what the name suggests. This is the type of store you shop at for reasons of convenience only. Convenience stores have limited space for products and need to sell their goods at a premium price. To make the most of your finances, you should avoid shopping at a convenience store for the most part.
If you can buy your favorite magazine for the same price at the convenience store which you can walk to as the supermarket that you need to drive to then you should shop for it at the convenience store. Yet you have to avoid buying impulse items while you're there or you will no longer be saving money. It is a matter of always thinking about where you’ll get the most for your money.
Of course, convenience stores are made for shopping for emergency items. Yet, many of these items are things you can buy ahead of time less expensively elsewhere. If you always keep them on hand, you can then avoid the emergency. For example, things like aspirin and feminine hygiene products are usually better bought in large sizes on sale in department or big box stores.
Perishable items such as milk are a different story and there may be times that you may need to pay a high price for milk by buying it at a convenience store. If you find yourself doing this too often though, you should probably be buying a larger size of milk when you do your regular weekly supermarket shopping. Keeping powdered milk on hand that you can add water to for cooking may also help solve the problem of having to head out to the convenience store to buy milk.
Oftentimes, going to the convenience store can become a habit and buying impulse items each time can really take a bite out of your cash on hand or add to your debit card fees. If it is just a matter of getting out of the house for a walk, head in the other direction and avoid spending money just out of habit. You may find that the money you save by not shopping regularly at your convenience store can be enough for something more special such as a movie ticket or some fresh flowers.