Concept: To attract more customers, some gas stations offer “discount days” where they lower the price well below the competition for a single day. This sometimes is done on a regular schedule (certain days each month) or sometimes random without advanced notice.
Will You Save Money?: Yes**
Comments: While you can use the Internet to find the least expensive gas in your area for the most part, these data bases often don’t include gas station discount days where gas may be sold at a much lower price than the gas station usually sells gas for. If there are gas stations in your area that offer these discount days and they are on a schedule, it pays to mark that schedule down on your calendar so you’re sure not to miss these deals.
**You also need to factor time into the equation. When these discount days occur, lines usually form quickly at the gas station offering it meaning you’re going to have to wait some time to get your car filled. Waiting an hour to save a bit of money may be worthwhile if you have the time, but may not if you have other important matters to attend to that could earn / save you more.
**If you know of a gas station that does this, but does not have a set schedule, you need to be careful. There isn’t a problem if the gas station is along your normal driving route, but if it is a bit off your regular track, you will likely waste as much as you would save checking each day to see if the promotion is running.