The 3 Worst Days of the Week to Buy Gas

The 3 Worst Days of the Week to Buy Gas
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If your gas gauge needle is dipping toward “E,” you can ignore this story. The time to fill up your tank is now, regardless of what day of the week it is.

But if you can, avoid filling up on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

The weekend holds the costliest days to buy gasoline, according to a recent analysis by GasBuddy, which describes itself as the “leading source for crowdsourced, real-time fuel prices.”

In its analysis, GasBuddy looked at gas price data from January through March of this year. According to GasBuddy:

“While Saturday is the worst day to buy gas in 16 states, Friday has the most expensive average price of any other day of the week.”

On the other hand, make it through the weekend without filling up, and you will likely be rewarded for waiting. Monday features the lowest average gas price in 30 states, GasBuddy says.

How to cut the cost of gas

Turning to GasBuddy itself is one way to cut the cost of filling up. The app helps you locate the cheapest gas stations in your area at any given time. GasBuddy also offers rewards to those who join its GasBack program.

But using GasBuddy is just a start. There are many other sensible things you can do to trim your fuel costs.

For example, breaking bad driving habits can boost your mileage and thus lower your spending on gas. For example, as we explain in “The 7 Best Ways to Slash the Rapidly Rising Cost of Gas“:

“Accelerating quickly and braking hard can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in heavy traffic. So learning to avoid such maneuvers can significantly reduce the amount of gas you use and thus enable you to buy gas less often.”

Do you have some secret ways to save when fueling up? Share them in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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