14 Cheapest Days of the Week to Do Absolutely Anything
Schedule your calendar around these tips for major savings, whether you’re buying wine, filling the tank, or going to Disney World!
The cheapest day to get gas
As hard as it is to get out of the house early on Monday mornings, you might want to do just that to fill up your tank before work. In 2017, researchers at gasbuddy.com found that’s when prices are lowest. When they investigated again in 2019, they came to the same conclusion. And whatever you do, never fill up on Fridays or Saturdays—that’s when prices are highest (Sundays are not much better, although the wait time is short). “As the week progresses and our excitement builds for the weekend, gas prices also have a tendency to rise,” says Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at gasbuddy.com. The earlier in the week you fill up, the better. Find out about some other things you should always do on a Monday.
The cheapest day to buy wine
Despite the difficulties of the past year—or maybe because of it—the U.S wine market has grown, especially the sparkling and rosé varieties. Although most dinner parties take place on Saturday and Sunday, purchasing your wine then could cost you. According to data from savings app Ibotta reported in 2016, wine is 6 percent less expensive on Tuesdays—the cheapest day to buy—than on Wednesdays, the most expensive day.
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The cheapest day to go to Disney World
When it comes to a cheap trip to Disney, every bit of savings counts. Prices are quite variable, based on the day and time of year, but, if you can, try to plan your trip for a weekday. Currently, a one-day weekday in the month of April costs $115-$126. A Sunday pass or a Saturday pass in April will cost you upwards of $130, with Saturday being the most costly. Check out these 14 ways to save serious money at Disney.
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The cheapest day to buy a house
The day of the week you close the deal on a home could make a huge difference. If you close on a Monday, you’ll save an average of 2.3 percent, according to the housing data provider realtytrac.com. Experts say it’s because sellers are less likely to get the best offers early in the week, and are therefore more willing to entertain lesser ones.
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The cheapest day to buy beer
If you’re buying a six-pack at the supermarket, you’ll find the best savings on Monday. The worst day to buy is Saturday. Shop early in the week and you’ll save 9 percent, according to savings app Ibotta. Read about the best time of year to buy these 43 cheap finds.
The cheapest day to fly
Most vacations go from Friday to Sunday, which is why, if you’re looking for a deal, you definitely don’t want to fly on those days. The cheapest days to hit the skies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Book a flight then and you’ll save an average of $73 compared with the most expensive day, which is Sunday, according to a cheapair.com study. Find out 16 ways to always get the best airfare possible.
The cheapest day to book a hotel
Perhaps the only thing on this list that’s actually cheapest on the weekend is a hotel room. Hotel-room searches and prices tend to decrease the closer it gets to the weekend, and prices are at their lowest on Fridays and Saturdays, according to a study by kayak.com. The most expensive day to book a room is Tuesday.
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The cheapest day to shop for groceries
While specific days of the week are best for saving on specific items, the best overall shopping days are Wednesdays and Thursdays. Bread and beer are typically marked down on Wednesdays, and snacks are often cheapest on Thursdays, according to savings app Ibotta. An added benefit is that the store will likely be less packed midweek than on a Saturday or Sunday. Learn these 10 money-saving grocery secrets from insiders.
The cheapest day to buy a car
You might think that heading to the car dealership on a busy day might force the business into giving you a discount. But that’s not what the research shows. Buyers save an average of 8.1 percent on a car’s sticker price on Mondays—the cheapest day—compared with Sunday, when they save just 7.49 percent.
The cheapest day to buy a laptop
Manufacturers that sell items such as cell phones, laptops, video games, and televisions often release rebates and discounts on Mondays, according to thekrazycouponlady.com. Retailers tend to pass those savings on to consumers, which makes Monday the winning day for these purchases.
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The cheapest day to stay in a hotel
You likely have more control over the day of the week you book your hotel than the day of the week you check-in. But if you have any flexibility, you’ll want to take this data into consideration too: The most expensive day to check-in is Friday, and the cheapest is Sunday, according to kayak.com. By contrast, the cheapest checkout day is Friday and the most expensive is Sunday. If you’re traveling, make sure you know the cheapest and the most expensive airports to travel through.
The cheapest day to eat out with kids
The only thing better than eating out is eating out for free. And if you have kids, that’s totally possible. Many restaurants offer “kids eat free” nights when you get a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. The most common day of the week to find these deals? Tuesday. Applebee’s, Chick-fil-A, Denny’s, and TGI Friday’s all offer them then. Go to thekrazycouponlady.com for a full list of restaurants. Also, check out these 11 ways to save money when eating out.
The cheapest day to go to the mall
The cheapest days to shop at a department store are probably the days you’re already doing it: Saturday and Sunday. That’s because stores know they’re competing for your very limited free time. “Department stores will usually have special sales over the weekends, when most people are able to shop,” Melea Johnson, founder of freebies2deals.com, told U.S. News & World Report. And, did you also know there’s an ideal day to shop at Ikea?
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The cheapest day to shop for beauty products
Out of shampoo, makeup remover, Q-tips, or nail polish? You’ll want to restock on Monday. You’ll save up to 11 percent compared with the most expensive day to shop for these items, which is Sunday, according to Ibotta. Next up, learn these 50 insider secrets to save at all your favorite stores.
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- Gasbuddy: “The best and worst days of the week to buy gas”
- Winespectator: “Wine sales grow despite tough times”
- Ibotta: “Ibotta shopping hacks”
- Disneyworld: Admission and Tickets
- Fortune: “This is the single best day to buy a house”
- cheapair.com: “The cheapest flights are found 54 days out (with one big caveat)”
- clark.com: “The best day and time to book a hotel room”
- Moneywise.com: “The best and worst times to shop for groceries”
- thekrazycouponlady.com: “A comprehensive guide to kids eat free restaurants”
- U.S. News & World Report: ” The best days to shop for everything”
- CNBC: “6 best times to buy a car”