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8 Things That Are Usually Cheaper Before Noon

The early bird gets the worm and the deals.

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Gas

Saving money on gas could be worth getting up at the crack of dawn, too. According to Kiplinger, the best time of day to buy gas is right before dawn and very late at night. Gas stations are known to raise their prices around rush hour, so avoid filling up the tank at those times. Here are the cheapest days of the week to do anything.

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Movie tickets

Ticket prices vary greatly depending on location and theater chain. It is possible, however, to see movies for less if your theater offers a pre-matinee. Meaghan Brophy, Retail and Shopping Analyst, FitSmallBusiness.com says these cheap tickets are typically available on weekdays. Cinemark, a chain with locations mostly in Texas, offers early tickets with a discount as well as Harkins, according to the Penny Hoarder. Financial industry analyst Jacob Lunduski adds that it’s worth checking in with your local theaters too since they might also run special deals and early bird promotions. These are the things you should always do on a Monday.

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Flights

The cheapest days of the week to fly are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, according to a cheapair.com study. To get the most for your money, however, purchase tickets before noon. Dustyn Ferguson, the founder of personal finance website dimewilltell.com, says it’s worth getting up early to score more affordable airfare. “It’s popular wisdom in the travel hacking community that you can get a slightly better deal on your flight if you book before noon,” he says. “While this isn’t always true, and there are certainly instances where this won’t work, it seems to be the case more often than not that you can save by booking early in the morning rather than later in the day.” Plus, U.S. News & World Report found that the cheapest flights are the ones that leave early in the morning, too. Here are some things that will be cheaper in 2021.

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Electricity

It’s possible to save money on your electric or utility bill and reduce emissions thanks to time-of-use-plans, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Using energy during off-peak hours, including the morning, could save you money on your bill in comparison to doing so at noon. Specific peak and off-peak hours do vary, but a general rule of thumb is that electricity peaks during the late afternoon in comparison to the early morning, per SaveOnEnergy. “So run your dishwashers and laundry in the morning for the cheapest rates,” Brophy says. Here are 8 things that are cheaper at Walmart than Amazon.

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Rideshares

Although surge pricing happens wherever and whenever rides are in demand, the priciest times to ride are consistent during rush hour. There’s a way to circumvent those prices if you have a flexible schedule, according to Brophy. “While ride-hailing apps can be more expensive during morning commute hours, off-peak hours typically begin around 11:00 am,” she says. “So, if you’re flexible in your timing, wait until late morning to call an Uber to avoid surge pricing.”

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Test prep and tutors

Kenneth Boyd, a certified CPA and a writer at AIS-CPA, says any test-prep takers could score a deal with earlier morning sessions before noon. “Tutors tend to offer lower prices in order to decongest their schedule for evening hours, when the demand is higher with everyone looking to grab a lesson after work or school,” Boyd says. “Even if this is not included in the offer, you can negotiate it directly with the tutor if they have the time to take meetings before the afternoon.” These are the 8 cheap items you should buy now that will be worth a fortune later.

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Ticketed events

Museums and art galleries offer early-bird specials and discounted admission during off-hours, according to Brophy. “Even on the weekends, the most popular time to visit museums is in the afternoon, so visit in the morning for a chance at discounted admission,” Brophy says. The Metropolitan Opera has $25 rush tickets available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis through their website in the morning. These appliances are cheaper to replace than fix.

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Haircuts

The best time of day to book hair appointments during the week is just before noon, Brit + Co reports since prices spike around 3:00 pm. According to research from NetCredit, morning hair appointments are the best time of day for another reason—attitude. Hairdressers are less stressed in the morning which could make them more enthusiastic and attentive. Next, check out these 19 sneaky ways to save money on everyday objects.

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Emily DiNuzzo
Emily DiNuzzo is an associate editor at The Healthy and a former assistant staff writer at Reader's Digest. Her work has appeared online at the Food Network and Well + Good and in print at Westchester Magazine, and more. When she's not writing about food and health with a cuppa by her side, you can find her lifting heavy things at the gym, listening to murder mystery podcasts, and liking one too many astrology memes.