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When Should I Fill Up Gas for My Car?

Recommended Days and Times to Buy Gasoline

Need to stop to fill up gas for your car soon? The price of gas fluctuates all the time, which can give the misperception that prices are hard to predict. Even though it is impossible to say exactly how much gas will cost at any specific gas station in the next day or week, there are days and times that are more cost-efficient for buying gasoline. Here’s when you should consider filling up.

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Mondays and Tuesdays

You may or may not be surprised to hear that gas stations typically aren’t very busy on Mondays and Tuesdays compared to the rest of the week. Fridays through Sundays are often very busy days for drivers. This is due to people getting done with work for the week and wishing to spend time running errands or doing something fun with the family. Wednesdays and Thursdays aren’t necessarily busy but these days likely won’t have better prices than Mondays or Tuesdays. Therefore, we recommend filling up on Monday or Tuesday and topping off Wednesday or Thursday if needed.

Early Morning or Late at Night

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Secondly, you should plan the time of day you fill up. Those that commute early in the morning are encouraged to fill up before work or school as roads aren’t busy and the gas station likely didn’t yet update their prices for rush hour. The same logic applies for the nighttime if you are the type that likes to stay up late or gets home after dark.

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Whether you are on a tight budget or wish to boost your savings a bit, following these tips can help you save money to put towards other essentials. Of course, this varies on the city and company. We recommend monitoring gas prices for your local gas station so you can more accurately predict when the best times and days are. For more tips and tricks, follow the Broadway Credit blog.