The best and worst days to buy gas

The three grades of gasoline 87, 89, 93. Photo by Darylin Smith

Buying gas is second nature to car owners, but knowing when gas prices increase and decrease can help drivers save on fill-ups.

Eddy Victor, a Tallahassee resident, owns a Mitsubishi Galant and likes to purchase fuel near his job.

“My car takes 87 regular, nothing major. My favorite gas station is Circle K on North Monroe,” Victor said.

Some drivers have a strategic schedule set for when to purchase gas. This can benefit them economically or increase their car’s gas mileage. Victor is not one of them.

“I honestly do not think about the gas in my car until it gets close to empty. Then I decide to fill up,” Victor said.

GasBuddy is a tech company that operates a travel and navigation app and website. It provides 27 ways to save money when purchasing gas based on finding real-time fuel prices at more than 150,000 gas stations throughout North America.

GasBuddy does fuel price and data analysis, which provides the retail fuel prices in your area. According to GasBuddy, Tallahassee is the 174th most expensive out of 455 cities for gas prices.

A screenshot of Tallahassee’s Fuel Price and Data Analysis on GasBuddy. Captured by Darylin Smith

GasBuddy released a study that found the best and worst days of the week to purchase fuel to maximize savings and avoid lines. According to GasBuddy, Monday offers the biggest savings on gas with little to no wait.

“The first day of the workweek offers the lowest average gas price in 30 states, making it the best day to fill up,” GasBuddy said.

The beginning of the week is the best time to fill up, which makes the weekend the worst time to fill up due to a rise in prices, 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. As the week progresses and our excitement builds for the weekend, gas prices also tend to rise,” GasBuddy said.

Between 7 and 10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays are the best times to fill up, according to GasBuddy.

Rashard Woods, a Tallahassee resident, was unaware of the daily fuel price changes.

“I never noticed daily changes. I used to think that gas prices change weekly,” Woods said.

Woods typically tops off his Chevy Impala whenever his gas meter goes under the halfway mark. Thanks to GasBuddy, he will be more observant when he buys gas.

“Now I will pay more attention to when I get gas,” Woods said.

For more information on GasBuddy and individual state and city prices visit or search “GasBuddy” in your mobile device App Store.