Buying gas for your vehicle can be a chore at times. It’s not an exciting activity, you have to try to find days, times and locations that don’t have lines, and of course the cost – it can be stressful watching that total keep going up and up at a much faster rate than the meter showing the amount of fuel going in.
Fortunately, there is some information out there that can help you save at the pump. The group behind the Gas Buddy mobile app did a survey on when are the best and worst days and times to buy gas.
In case you aren’t familiar, Gas Buddy is a mobile app that can help you find the gas station with the lowest prices. They collected data from January through March of 2019 to analyze for the report. Here is what they found.
Monday and Tuesday – Monday was the day of the lowest prices in 29 states and Washington D.C., and Tuesday was the lowest-priced day for 19 states. It basically comes down to supply and demand. Traffic tends to be lowest on these days, and thus they become the days with the lowest prices. Here is the state-by-state breakdown:
Monday – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
Tuesday – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin
Wednesday – Hawaii
Sunday – Utah
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – It shouldn’t be surprising to find the weekend days at the top of this list. If you are planning a trip or have a long list of errands to run, you’re more likely to stop in on Friday or Saturday and fill up. Of course, most other people are thinking the same thing. These 3 days are the ones with the highest prices across most of the country – 9 states and Washington D.C. see Friday as the day of the highest prices, with Saturday being highest in 16 states and Sunday the highest for 12 states.
Saturday – Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota
Sunday – Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin
Friday – District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington
Thursday – Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia
Wednesday – Alaska, Nevada, New York, Wyoming
Tuesday – Utah
Sunday is a tempting time to fill up, because it has the shortest wait times of any day. But with it being one of the 3 highest-price days, you may want to wait for Monday morning, when prices will be lower.
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM – This seems easy to explain as well. This is the time when people are headed to work. If you are one of those people who struggles with punctuality, you’re going to postpone filling the tank and take one thing off the list of things that can cause you to be late. But the light traffic and the lower prices might cause you to re-think your routine.
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – This is also easy to peg. If we’re rushing and pushing our work arrival time, then we’ll just postpone the fill-up until after work. And that’s what a lot of people do. The 5 PM hour is the busiest hour just about everywhere. So even on the cheaper days of Monday and Tuesday, you’ll likely pay more if you fill up after work than you would before work.
Overall, Gas Buddy estimates that if someone only buys gas on Friday, that person could save $20-$30 in a year by only filling up on Monday instead. That could equal a free half or full tank, depending on your vehicle. Who doesn’t want a free fill-up? You can be well on the way to what amounts to one by using this information to choose the ideal time to purchase gasoline – when the prices are lowest. Safe travels!