I have found a flight that would save me either driving 4 hours each way to a bigger town for a cheaper ticket or $200 from here, but it leaves at 3:55 on Saturday. Is that do-able? You can leave from conference, right? How soon do the shuttles start leaving?
I left from conference around 1:30 my first time. I'd suggest leaving later but if it saves you money it's doable.
They normally pass out the new season CN on the way out of conference and do not give them to anyone early so you might miss out on getting that but otherwise you have to do what you have to do!