Timing really is everything. Even when it comes to saving money. Most of you know that there are certain items you buy during a certain month to really save. There is also the best time of day to save on your purchases as well. I’ve done some research and I’ve come up with the best time to make your purchase so you can get the most value.
7:00AM: Fill up your gas tank. The early mornings are the perfect time to fill up your car, boat, RV, or any kind of gas tank. The temps are usually at the coolest so the gas is more dense and you get the most gas for your money. This isn’t going to save you a fortune but every little bit helps.
8:00AM: Shop the Meat Department. Meat has a very short shelf life so butchers usually mark down meat first thing in the morning if it isn’t selling as quickly as they would like. You will get the best sale prices if you get there early in the morning. If you try later in the day, the good deals might be gone. You can cook it that night for dinner or stick it in the freezer for later in the week.
10:30AM: Hit the Movies. This will be a fun treat for the kids this summer. You can really save on going to the theater if you hit up the matinee. You can save even more on matinee prices if you go before noon or to the first showing of the day. Check your local theaters to see what their price offerings are.
11:00AM: Make a big item purchase. We are at our most alert during the mid-morning. This is also when most of us make good decisions before the stress of the day has set in. This will help you also make a better purchasing decision and pass on things that you really don’t need.
1:00PM: Hit up the Farmer’s Market, Flea Market, and Garage Sales. You will have the better pick first thing in the morning but you will save the most if you go at the end of the day when people are ready to close up. They don’t want to take all of their unsold items back home so they are more willing to negotiate on the prices. Even if things aren’t marked, just ask if you can work out some kind of discount or buy one get one deal.
4:30PM: Go Shoe Shopping. After being on your feet all day long, they tend to swell. This is the perfect time to go shoe shopping so that you can get a pair that will fit properly. If you buy them first thing in the morning, they may end up being too tight later on during the day. This way you get a better fit and are more likely to actually wear what you buy.
7:00PM: Shop the Preview Sales. Most retail stores will start marking items down the night before a sale to get everything ready, usually on a Friday. If you already have the ad, you can ask if a manager will honor the price of the sale or if they can hold the item you have been eyeing so that it will be there tomorrow. You can make sure you get that cute dress in your size!
9:00PM: Shop the Deli. If you missed out on the early morning meat deals, don’t worry, there are deals for night owls too! The deli department will usually start marking down the prepared meals and rotisserie chickens a few hours before closing. This can make for a cheap dinner or just save it for lunch the next day.
10:00PM: Do the Laundry and Dishes. Some utility companies offer off peak hours where customers can run their appliances and save up to 50%. They are usually later in the night but if you are going to be up anyway, it may be a great way to save. Check your utility companies website or call to see if they offer special hours where you can save.
I hope you found this useful and that it will save you some money throughout the day. Are there certain times of the day that you find you save the most money? What is your best time of day to save?