Is Gas Really More Expensive on the Weekend?

We’ve certainly had our fill of blogs about gasoline prices, gas saving devices and methods of increasing your MPG. Today’s quick little blog article is about gas prices and, more specifically, the question of whether gas is more expensive on the weekend or not.

Many people around the country complain that gas stations seem to increase their prices on the weekends but the fact is that, more often than not, gas prices are actually higher during the week.

The statistics gleaned by GasBuddy.com, a crowd-sourced gas price aggregator, actually showed that, during a four-year period, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were the days when gas prices were the lowest. GasBuddy performed an exhaustive amount of research in all 50 states find out what days of the week gas was cheapest and, although prices fluctuated during that time period, their results still were a bit of a surprise for many people.

“I think that was the biggest surprise,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst.  He added that “What I can surmise is that the markets aren’t open, so because oil and gas futures and spot prices aren’t trading on the weekend, stations are more likely to become competitive.”

The fact is, gas station owners realize that people have more time to comparison shop on the weekends, something that encourages them to be more competitive when it comes to their prices. Most consumers also do a bit more driving on the weekends than they do during their typical Monday to Friday routine and station owners are keen on taking advantage of the additional revenue that comes their way.

A few of the more interesting results from the analysis performed by GasBuddy showed that, in some Western states including Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota, gas tended to be cheaper towards the middle of the week. Kansas is similar but, in Indiana, Iowa and Kentucky, Monday is usually the best day to fill up because gas prices are cheapest there on that day.

If you live in Delaware and Maryland, your best bet is on Thursday as GasBuddy showed that to be the least expensive day at most gas stations there.

Truth be told, finding the cheapest gas no matter where you live can be a little bit difficult because they change quite frequently. That’s why it’s a good idea to use the GasBuddy app in order to see where the cheapest price is every day in your city or town.

Just for the record, this blog was not sponsored in any way by GasBuddy.  It’s just that, when it comes to finding the cheapest gas prices available, we think it’s the best app the market.

Tips for Lowering your Gasoline Costs

While gasoline costs across the country have stabilized and, incredibly, even gone down a bit in the last few months, gas is still over $3 dollars a in most states and close to $4 a gallon in some. Now, to be perfectly honest, we’ve written quite a few blogs about how to lower your gasoline costs and increase you are mileage with every tank of gas. That being said, below we’ve put together a few of the best tips that we have so that if this is your first time searching for these types of tips you get some of the best. Enjoy.

Tip 1: Lighten the load. Even as little as five extra pounds of weight in your vehicle can lower your mileage and, unless it’s something that you need for your work, your best bet is to completely clear everything out of your car that isn’t 100% necessary. From extra clothing and maps to bowling balls, fishing gear and even bricks (yes, bricks), that extra weight is causing extra damage to your wallet or purse at the pump.

Tip 2: Catch a ride with a friend or neighbor. You might not know someone who lives close by and works close to where you work as well but websites like RideSearch.com and eRideShare.com can help you to find someone. If they don’t simply Google the word “carpool” and the name of the city or town that you live in and you’re bound to find all sorts of information that can help you. Carpooling will not only save you gas but also maintenance on your car as well as allowing you a little bit of extra time (if you’re not the driver, of course) to get yourself prepared for the day on the ride to work.

Tip 3: Use an app to compare gas prices. There are a number of them but the two best are GasBuddy.com and gaspricewatch.com, both of which are excellent smartphone apps that can show you which station in your town has the best price. If it’s on your way and convenient, you can sometimes save up to $.20 a gallon depending on where you live.

Tip 4: Make use of your car’s aerodynamics. Listen, unless you’re a professional skier or you use your bicycle (street or mountain) more than once a week, there’s no reason to have ski or bicycle racks on your roof all the time. (Yes, they might look slightly “cool” but if you waste gas aren’t you then also a “fool”?) Save money by taking them off.

Tip 5: Get a gas rewards card. If you do a lot of driving you might consider getting a gas rewards card but only with one caveat; you must pay your credit card bill in full every month. If you do then the rewards can be well worth it but if you don’t the extra charges in interest can negate any rewards that you might get.

Tip 6: Consider a four-cylinder engine in your next new or used car. Want to know what uses a lot of gas? A big engine. Yes, it might get you going faster on the highway but seriously, the difference is so negligible in most cases as to make it not worth it unless you’re going to be towing something on a regular basis.

Tip 7: Make sure to maintain your car regularly. Checking the air pressure in your tires is something that you can easily do yourself but things like making sure your oil is good, your transmission fluid is up to snuff and your car is running well in general are things that you’ll have to go to your local mechanic to have done. If you want to save money at the pump as well as on major repairs, there’s no better way to do it then keeping up with your car’s maintenance.

Tip 8: Learn how to coast. While we aren’t fans of turning your engine off and coasting to a stop, something that might be dangerous depending on the type of car that you have, keeping an eye on traffic and taking your foot off the gas so that you coast to a stop while in drive is a great way to conserve gas. The fact is that once your car is moving you’ve already used gasoline to get it up to speed. If you see a stop sign or traffic light coming and you know you’re going to be stopping, what’s the sense of using even more gas to get there? Take your foot off the pedal and simply coast, using your car’s momentum to get you there instead.

And those, dear readers, are some of the best Tips that we’ve come across in the last few years for saving money on gasoline and increasing your MPG. We hope that some of them might be helpful to you and we also encourage your questions and comments.

Which States have the Lowest Prices on Gasoline?

If you’ve been to a gas station recently you might have noticed that the price has gone up a little it.  I’m being facetious of course as, in fact, gas prices have increased a whopping .49 cents since the beginning of the year, the biggest jump ever in the first 2 months of any year. In fact many experts are predicting that gas will be at a $4.00 per gallon average by this coming summer, a grim reality for many who use their cars on a regular and constant basis.  There are already 4 states where gas is over $4.00 per gallon and about another half dozen that are close.

There are, however, a few where for whatever reason the prices have remained closer to $3.00 than to 4.  With that in mind we thought we’d put together a list of the top 10 cheapest states for gas.  Will this help you save gas?  Well, no, but it may help you to make future plans or make you happy that, even as prices rise, your state is still cheaper than some others.  So take a look and cross your fingers that yours is on the list.  Enjoy!

10) Tennessee. If Tenneseein is believin’ you’re going to like what you see at the pump as prices there, tied for 9th with Oklahoma, are at $3.62 per gallon

9) Oklahoma. One of the largest oil producers in the nation helps Oklahoma to share 9th place with Tennessee at the same price per gallon, $3.62

8) Missouri. Even though they don’t have any refineries of their own Missouri comes in at 8th because they are neighbors with Oklahoma and Illinois.

7) South Carolina. Having the 4th lowest gas taxes in the county has helped South Carolina to come in at 7th even though they don’t have any refineries producing it.

6) Colorado.  Being near to Canada and their cheap crude oil helps Colorado to come in at 6th place and also, at least up until a month ago at least, keep their gas prices under $3.00 a gallon.

5) New Mexico.  One of only 5 states where gas was less than $3.50 per gallon New Mexico is also a state where the median income is much lower and the recent increase have caused very real problems for the people living there.

4) Idaho.  Being Montana’s neighbor has helped Idaho to not only come in 4th but also to have one of the lowest price increases in the country at $3.45 per gallon.

3) Utah.  Even though less than 6 months ago they were one of the highest Utah is now one of the lowest states at $3.43 per gallon, thanks in part to their 5 refineries.

2) Montana. They have higher taxes than most but the fact that Montana has their own oil resources and are close to Canada and theirs the gas prices there are the 2nd lowest at $3.28.

1) Wyoming.  The top spot goes to Wyoming where, at $3.27 a gallon, the lowest price on regular gas can be found.  One of the main reasons is that they have the 2nd  lowest gas taxes, only losing to Alaska.

 

Simple Gasoline Saving Tips

These days it doesn’t matter if you drive a teeny hybrid or a monster SUV everybody is trying to save money on gasoline because the price per gallon is so darned high. Even an improvement of 1 or 2 miles per gallon can mean big savings at the pump and keep your wallet from having a conniption fit. The tips below will all save you a small amount but, used in combination, should help you to lower your gas costs by about 10 to 15%.

 

Slowing down on the highway is an excellent way to save gas and increase your mileage. In fact, every 5 miles an hour that you drive over 60 uses about 20% more gas, which over a long trip can really add up.  If you don’t mind the trip taking just a little longer set your cruise control for the speed limit and be content to save some money.

 

Make sure that your tires are always inflated at the proper psi and check them once a week. Tires will lose air normally even if they are perfect so checking to make sure that they are is important. Underinflated tires can use 10% more gas at least so making sure they’re properly inflated will definitely save you gas.

 

The air filter is also something that needs to be checked and replaced often because it can hamper your car’s ability to perform and cost you big buck over time. Check to see if there’s one of the newer ‘permanent’ replacement filters that only need to be cleaned and save even more.

 

Be aware of where you are on the road an anticipate stops.  The more you have to stop the more gas you use when accelerating. If you take it easy and make all the lights rather than speeding and stopping ate every single one you’ll save gas and save the brakes too.

 

Make sure you change the oil at the required time.  Older oil can severely affect the performance of your car and waste a lot of gas.  Change it regularly and use the best oil for your make and model.

 

If you’re stuck in traffic chill out and hang with the trucks.  You’ve probably noticed that they roll along and don’t brake as much, yes?  That’s because they don’t want to shift those 10 gears but, if you do the same, you’ll save fuel and your brakes over stopping and starting constantly.

 

So now that you have them get out there and use these tips to save gas and money at the pump. Enjoy!

 

 

How to Increase your Fuel Economy – Part 3 of 3

Welcome back for Part 3 of 3, How to Increase your Fuel Economy.  As with Parts 1 and 2 you’ll find many great Tips here on how to make your car more fuel efficient, save money on gas, and make those fill-ups less painful for your wallet.  This is the final Part and,. Once you’re done here, you’ll have plenty of ammunition to shoot down the high cost of gas and keep your hard-earned money where it belongs, in your wallet.

Don’t buy high octane gas.  Unless you’re driving a Ferrari there’s almost no need to buy high octane and it won’t affect your car’s performance.  Most cars that say they need high octane simply don’t, and you can save a LOT of money buying regular.

Don’t overfill your tank. Once the pump shuts off you should put it back in the holster and be done. Overfilling can waste as much as 2% of your gas.

Close your gas tank cap properly and securely.  Gas, when left uncapped, will vaporize and be gone forever.  Did you know that almost 150 MILLION gallons of gas vaporizes every year in the US?!

If you can, use a gas credit card.  The best cards will have a rewards plan that saves you a few cents a gallon.

Don’t speed.  This one is a biggie.  For every 5 miles an hour you drive over 60 mph you spend approximately .20 cents more per gallon!  Experts say that this is the single most effective way to save money on gas.  Also, did you know that over a 10 hour trip the difference between driving 60 mph and driving 70 mph only adds up to about 30 minutes less driving time?

Use your cruise control. Driving at a steady speed on flat ground is a great way to save gas but, because humans are humans, without cruise it’s hard to do.  Us the cruise and save at the pump.

Try to anticipate lights. The less stopping you do the less gas you use accelerating again.

If you will be stopped for more than 30 seconds don’t idle.

Finally, the best way to save on gas and increase fuel economy is to drive less.  Use your bike, take a walk or even catch a bus or train.  The less you use your car the more gas (and money) you will save.  Good luck with all of these Tips and happy driving!

 

 

 

 

How to Increase your Fuel Economy – Part 2 of 3

Welcome back for Part 2 of How to Increase your Fuel Economy.Like Part 1 there are plenty of great Tips here that will reduce the sting of going to the pumps and squeeze every last mile out of every gallon of gas that you purchase. Most of these Tips are quite easy to implement too, so once you’ve read them you won’t have any excuses to not start using them and start saving money ASAP.

Consolidate your trips.  Rather than going out every time you need to buy one item or have to go to the bank or to the post office make a list of all the places you need to go and all the things you need to purchase and do them all in 1 trip.  This will save you gas and time.

If you carry a lot of junk in your car get rid of it!  There’s no need to carry around a trunk full of junk, especially if that junk is costing you mileage. Clean out the junk and save money on gas.

Get rid of anything that causes drag.  Did you know that about half of the energy your car uses is used to overcome drag?  It’s true!  Get rid of ski racks, luggage racks, and even racks of lamb. (Kidding.)

Avoid high speed starts.  Unless there’s a bus or train barreling down on you start slowly and surely and you’ll save 5% on gas consumption.

Unless you live close or are passing by, don’t go out of your way to save anything less than .10 cents a gallon on gas.  Under .10 cents the savings just don’t make up for the lost time and fuel. 

Buy your gas in the morning.  Gasoline expands with heat.  If you buy your gas in the afternoon after a hot day you will actually get about 5% less gas than you will in the morning when the gas is cooled off.

As crazy as it sound you should buy your gas on Wednesdays.  Statistically speaking this is the cheapest day of the week for gas prices.

Start using these tips as soon as you can and you’ll see an immediate difference in the amount of gas you use and the amount of money you spend.  Then come back for Part 3 and more great gas saving, fuel economy increasing Tips.

 

 

How to Increase your Fuel Economy – Part 1 of 3

With gas prices rising to nearly $4.00 a gallon in most states many people are wondering what they can do to increase their car’s fuel economy and get more miles out of every gallon.  The good news is that there are plenty of ways to do it that are relatively easy to implement and can save up to 20%, which can go a long way to making those fill-ups less painful.

One of the best ways to get great fuel economy is to purchase a fuel efficient car. Of course if your current car is in excellent condition this might not be the way to go but if you’re in the market for a new car anyway it’s the best way to lower your gasoline bills.

Maintaining your car properly is at the top of this list because it’s vitally important if you want to lower gas consumption and keep the car for as long as possible.  Change the oil on time and get a tune up regularly.

Don’t purchase ‘gas saving’ additives. The Federal Trade Commission says that most are phony and a waste of money.  Even if you buy the few that do work the savings are minimal.

Underinflated tires can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 25%!  Check them every time you fill up and keep them aligned too. It’s easy and will save you a bundle.

Use an App like GasBuddy to find the best gas prices in your town.  They’re simple to use and can save you up to 10%. (Just don’t drive an extra 20 miles to save 2 cents.)

If you’re a member of a wholesale club like Costco buy your fuel from them and save up to 10 cents per gallon.  Membership has its privileges, right?  When you’re there buying a pallet full of breakfast cereal make sure to fill up the tank and save.

Avoid rush hour!  If you can arrange it try going in later or earlier to work to avoid the rush and stop wasting your precious fuel sitting still in traffic.

Those are a few of the easiest ways to save at the pump.  Make sure you come back for Part 2 and some more excellent Tips on increasing your fuel economy and saving money on gas.

 

Save Time and Money with Fuel Efficiency

 

It seems that every day, when you pass the gas station, the cost of fuel is rising. Even with the introduction of hybrid cars and better ways to fuel our cars, gas is still a necessity, and finding room in your budget for that weekly fill-up is probably becoming a strain. However, there are ways to become more fuel efficient, and all of these techniques for saving and using your gas most efficiently are very simple to employ. We all want to save money when it comes to filling up our cars and making it last as long as possible, and the following tips will help you do just that.

 

One of best ways to employ fuel efficiency for your car is to keep it running in great shape. Investing in tune ups for your car’s engine and buying fuel injector cleaner will keep you from wasting gas because the harder your engine has to work, the more gas you will use. By getting a tune up once every few months, your car’s engine will burn fuel more efficiently and produce less exhaust, which also helps the environment at the same time. In addition, buying a bottle of fuel injector cleaner to add to your tank each time you fill up will keep your fuel injectors clean, which means you will save more gas when you accelerate, as the engine will receive the fuel more quickly and efficiently. You can also help your car be more fuel efficient by filling up your tank each week. By filling up completely, your car’s gas tank will use the fuel more efficiently because it will not have to work as hard to draw the gas from the tank. Not only that, but if the tank is full, the fuel injectors will stay cleaner by using pure gas instead of sucking up the sludge that can build up on the bottom of the tank, which will clog the injectors and cause you to use more fuel. Understanding fuel efficiency will not only put less of a dent in your wallet, but it will help your car to run more smoothly and benefit the environment as well.

 

A Quick Guide to Saving Gas Money

 

The volatile nature of gas prices makes many car owners squeamish, as one day of cheap gas may turn more expensive after a particular amount of time. This nature leaves many wondering about the true culprit affecting the price of gasoline in the United States.

 

The price of gas is mainly affected by crude oil, the substance that produces gasoline as a product. Crude oil prices are affected by supply and demand, with the demand factor pushing the price of crude oil high. The supply factors actually contributes to the lowering of crude oil prices, which in turn, lowers the price of gas.

 

Other factors that affect gas prices include:

 

  • Profits and costs from gasoline refining.

 

  • Profits and costs from marketing and distribution.

 

  • Taxes.

 

Most car owners should know how to properly take care of their cars before filling up their car’s gas tank. Some of these basic saving on gas money tips include:

 

Filling Your Tank: Filling your tank to full may reduce the amount of money you spend each day. The difference from filling your gas tank partway one day and full the next can cost a lot if you’re not careful. Remember to avoid “topping up” your tank between tank fills and wait to refill after your tank reaches just a quarter full—avoid quarter filled tanks in cold weather to prevent condensation.

 

Tune Up Your Car: A well maintained and tuned car will use less gasoline throughout the week than one doesn’t. In fact, it’s been said that a car without proper maintenance and tuning uses more than 20% gasoline throughout the week. You can also exercise maintaining your car by not keeping it running while it’s in an idle state. Much like tuning and performing general maintenance on your car, turning your car off when it’s idle saves gasoline and gas money.

 

Drive Safely, Responsibly and Efficiently: It’s always recommended to drive safely on the road. Driving in an aggressive manner is very unsafe and may also waste gas. Efficient driving involves planning your trips in advance, using different driving techniques to make driving more efficient and even combining trips to any given place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Save on Gas Money

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 1: The sign for a BP filling station in Westminster on February 1, 2011 in London, England. BP has reported a loss for 2010 of 3.1bn GBP, this is the first time the oil giant has made an annual loss since 1992. This compares with a profit of 8.6bn GBP for BP in 2009. The dramatic difference can be largely attributed to the 25.3bn GBP set aside by the company for charges relation to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Many people don’t think there is any way to save on gas for their car, as they believe that the price of gas is out of their control. While that may be true, there are still plenty of ways to save on your gasoline bills. Some are easy, some make sense and some might surprise you, but all will make you happier when you see those savings at the end of the month.

Purchase your gas in the morning or late in the evening when it is the coolest.  As crazy as this sounds the cooler it is the more gas you get when you buy. The reason is you’re charged by volume and when its cooler gas takes up less volume and you get more in your tank.

Get an app for finding the cheapest gas stations, like Gas Buddy.  It’s free, updated hourly and will give you the locations of all the stations closest to you so you can go where the price is best.

Avoid overfilling your tank. Amazingly if you fill your tank too high the gas can actually slosh around and out of your tank while you drive. When the pump clicks the first time, stop pumping.

Your car does not need to be warmed up for a long time to function correctly. This wastes a lot of gas. Indeed less than a minute is perfectly fine.

When you stop for more than 30 seconds turn off the engine.  Idling for a minute uses the same amount of gas as starting the engine, and idling for 5 minutes or more can actually use more than a quarter gallon of gas.

Driving at 55 will actually save you money if you can deal with the nasty stares.  Just drive in the slow lane please.

Use the AC at higher speeds. It will save you more money than opening the windows due to wind resistance.

Using these few tips can actually save you up to 10% on gas and, if you travel a lot, that can add up to a lot of money fast. Use them and watch the gas savings start to pile up. (Pun intended.)

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