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How You Can Save Money Buying Gas

Best Time and Days You Should Visit the Gas Station

For those on a tight budget, or those that wish to save some extra cash every month, getting the best prices on necessities like gas is important. A fact unknown to many drivers is that gas stations often sell gas for cheaper prices at certain times and days of the week. Here are a few things to consider so you can save money buying gas.

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Purchase Gas Late at Night or Early in the Morning

If you are an early bird or a night owl, you should consider purchasing your gas late at night or early in the morning. Gas stations have a tendency to raise their prices during busy driving hours. Thus, you may notice that gas is more expensive during rush hour when everyone is driving to work, school, or home. Since there aren’t many drivers on the road early in the morning or late at night, these businesses may lower their prices during these times to bring more customers in.

Fill Up Early in the Week Instead of the Weekend

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Like we mentioned before, gas stations raise their prices when people are out driving. This is also true regarding the day of the week. On Fridays through Sundays, many drivers are away from home to run errands or do something fun as many people are done with work for the weekend. This makes the roads busier, which raises gas prices. Typically, the best days to buy gas are Mondays or Tuesdays as many people aren’t on the roads as much this early in the week.

To capitalize on your savings, consider combining both of these recommendations. For example, filling up early in the morning on a Tuesday should be more affordable than buying the same amount during rush hour on Friday. Of course, these trends may vary based on the city you live in as well as the gas companies in your area. We suggest downloading a gas tracker app so you can keep an eye on the patterns for your specific location.

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