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

Updated on August 28, 2019

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 Monday's are best. Of course there are exceptions to the general rules. Some will find cheaper prices on Tuesday and if you live in Hawaii, Wednesday is the best day to buy your gas. When are the gas prices cheaper for specific states?

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


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


Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsis





Is There a Bad Day of the Week to Buy Gas?

Yes there are certain days of the week that are bad to purchase gas. Going state-by-state the following are the worst days to purchase gas according to Gasbuddy.com:

Alabama-Saturday, Alaska-Wednesday, Arizona-Thursday,

Arkansas-Sunday, California-Sunday, Colorado-Sunday,

Connecticut-Saturday, Delaware-Sunday, Florida-Thursday,

Georgia-Sunday, Hawaii-Saturday, Idaho-Thursday, Illinois-Thursday,

Indiana-Thursday, Iowa-Sunday, Kansas-Saturday, Kentucky-Friday,

Louisiana-Friday, Maine-Saturday, Maryland-Saturday,

Massachusetts-Friday, Michigan-Thursday, Minnesota-Friday,

Mississippi-Saturday, Missouri-Saturday, Montana-Saturday,

Nebraska-Saturday, Nevada-Wednesday, New Hampshire-Saturday,

New Jersey-Saturday, New Mexico-Saturday, New York-Wednesday,

North Carolina-Friday, North Dakota-Friday, Ohio-Thursday,

Oklahoma-Sunday, Oregon-Saturday, Pennsylvania-Friday, Rhode

Island-Sunday, South Carolina-Saturday, South Dakota-Saturday,

Tennessee-Sunday, Texas-Sunday, Utah-Tuesday, Vermont-Friday,

Virginia-Sunday, Washington-Friday, Washington, DC-Friday, West

Virginia-Thursday, Wisconsin-Sunday, Wyoming-Wednesday.

Gaining One Free Fill-up per Year

Petroleum analysist 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 cheapest 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 effecting 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.


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