An embarrassing but "cool" angle on why you may want to shop in your own small town is that: you know the store's employees... and maybe more important... they know you!
Here is the scenario:
I don't make it a habit to check my receipts when I purchase things. I just figure the machine knows more than I do. And I suppose I feel self conscious checking these things - like I don't trust the clerk or something.
You realize I'm heading for trouble, right?
In Cannon Falls we have a special rate of 10% off in some stores when you shop on a Wednesday and are over 55 years.
Recently when making a purchase I noticed the clerk seemed new. She was asking questions of her trainer. And I asked if she had given me the discount. She hadn't and corrected it.
And that's probably when the mistake happened.
Another digit got added and instead of my signing a receipt for $13.28, I signed for one stating $113.28!
And I didn't check it.
But when our credit card payment came due, my husband noticed the large charge right away. I think it was mainly because he was curious as to how much I was spending at the local liquor store!
(Since he rarely has a glass of wine, I could be in big trouble here!)
So I took the credit card statement to the store and asked if they could check to see what I had bought a couple of weeks ago.
I tried to look innocent... (more likely stupid)!
But they took care of the problem.
And their research showed their mistake.
But they gave me a good warning to be sure to check my receipts in the future!
And what I learned was that mistakes can happen... but how nice to do it where folks know you and we could find out if it was just a mistake on my part or theirs.