But then one of my favorite local clothing boutiques, which features the kind of stuff you won’t find at the mall, closed, and an offer came into my inbox that actually got me to calculate how much it would cost in gas to take advantage of it. Here’s the deal: I was sent a $100 gift certificate as a thank you for my loyalty to the local (now-defunct) store, which I can redeem at the store’s second location, which is still open.
The catch? Google Maps says store #2 is 71 miles away. Doing the math, if the average price of gas in my area is $3.97 (says www.gaspricewatch.com) and my car gets 21 miles to the gallon, it’ll take roughly $40 in gas to get there and back, netting my savings at $60.
Is a cute top worth going out of my way? Call me unadventurous but I don’t think so. Then again, maybe there’s hope. I realize that I’m going to be traveling north this weekend to pick up one of my daughters from a state park retreat. After doing the math again, I figure out that clothing store #2 is only 50 miles from the state park I’ll be traveling to. Yet, I think that’s still too far to go out of my way to redeem the certificate.
As much as I don’t want to, I’m going to let this $100 offer go. What would you do? How far out of your way have you gone for the good-deal feel-good?