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When Crude Oil Prices Fluctuate: What's the Best Day to Buy Gas?

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When should you fill up the gas tank?

When should you fill up the gas tank?

Start the Week With a Full Tank

With gasoline prices in a state of constant flux, drivers want to get the most bang for their hard-earned bucks. It is only logical to try to determine if and when there is a best time to fill up the tank.

According to Gasbuddy.com, there are certain days that average out to be cheaper than other days. Generally speaking, the beginning of the week is always cheaper than the end of the week.

It stands to reason that the weekend is a busier, more active time for most. With higher demand comes higher prices.

So, as a rule of thumb, Mondays are best. Of course, there are exceptions to the general rules. Some will find lower prices on Tuesday, and if you live in Hawaii, Wednesday is the best day to buy your gas. When are the gas prices lower for specific states?

The Best Day of the Week to Buy Gas (State-by-State Guide)

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

The Worst Day of the Week to Buy Gas (State-by-State Guide)

Source: gasbuddy.com

Alabama

Saturday

Montana

Saturday

Alaska

Wednesday

Nebraska

Saturday

Arizona

thursday

Nevada

Wednesday

Arkansas

Sunday

New Hampshire

Saturday

California

Sunday

New Jersey

Saturday

Colorado

Sunday

New Mexico

Saturday

Connecticut

Saturday

New York

Wednesday

Delaware

Sunday

North Carolina

Friday

Florida

Thursday

North Dakota

Friday

Georgia

Sunday

Ohio

Thursday

Hawaii

Saturday

Oklahoma

Sunday

Idaho

Thursday

Oregon

Saturday

Illinois

Thursday

Pennsylvania

Friday

Indiana

Thursday

Rhode Island

Sunday

Iowa

Sunday

South Carolina

Saturday

Kansas

Saturday

South Dakota

Saturday

Kentucky

Friday

Tennessee

Sunday

Louisiana

Friday

Texas

Sunday

Maine

Saturday

Utah

Tuesday

Maryland

Saturday

Vermont

Friday

Massachusetts

Friday

Virginia

Sunday

Michigan

Thursday

Washington

Friday

Minnesota

Friday

Washington, D.C.

Friday

Mississippi

Saturday

West Virginia

Thursday

Missouri

Saturday

Wisconsin

Wednesday

Wyoming

Wednesday

Gaining One Free Fill-Up per Year

Petroleum analysts specialize in determining whether there are actual savings that accrue when gasoline is purchased on specific days of the week. The results indicate that the savings can total the equivalent of one free fill-up per year. That may not be an impressive amount to some drivers, but it would be hard to find someone who would turn down a free tank of gas on a yearly basis.

Therefore, buying gas on specific days would be a financial gain. Still, over a year's time, the savings may total $20.00–$30.00, depending on the versatility of the industry. The bigger the gasoline tank, the lesser the gain will be. Also, the grade of gasoline can cut down on the profits as well.

Keeping Track of Supply and Demand

It doesn't take long to pick out an individual state to determine the best and worst days to purchase gasoline. This info could be helpful if a road trip is planned, as well.

Any time savings can be attained with the most basic knowledge from a reliable source, good consumers are interested in sharing and receiving the reference source.

Those with limited resources and on fixed incomes are good at finding the lowest prices when it comes to the necessities of life. There is no telling when gas prices will take a small dive or, conversely, soar due to high demand and low supply. There is no way of knowing when oil-producing countries will decide to raise prices affecting the world market. At such times knowing the best day to pay the least amount of money will be beneficial.

Also, keep in mind the other ways to be as fuel efficient as possible by doing things such as keeping tire pressure at its recommended level as outlined in the vehicle owner's manual. Also, keeping up with necessary service schedules for engine checks and fluid levels.

Buying a fuel-efficient car from the outset is an excellent way to save money. Car manufacturers are catering to motorists who are fuel conscious and tout their fuel efficiency brands at every turn.

Source

  • GasBuddy
    Download the free GasBuddy app to find the cheapest gas stations near you, and save up to 40¢/gal by upgrading to a Pay with GasBuddy fuel rewards program.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.