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Buying Something? Here’s The Cheapest Day To Do It

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In my opinion, the best and most practical ways to save money are also the simplest ones. The more complex the money-saving method, the less likely I am to use it. For instance, I got really into couponing several years ago, but all of the planning and clipping and calculating took so much time and effort that I eventually just couldn’t keep up with it anymore.

But if there is a way to save money that is straightforward and easy enough to remember, I’m all over it! And I’m happy to report that I have just such a money-saving tip to share with you today.

The idea is simple: plan and make purchases on the day of the week when prices for that item will be at their lowest. And today you’ll learn the specifics about the cheapest days of the week for 9 common purchases we all make.

The Cheapest Days Of The Week To Make 9 Common Purchases

going out to eat

1. Eat Out On Tuesday

Tuesday is a great day to take the family out for a meal. That’s because several restaurant chains offer “kids eat free” deals on Tuesday nights! Check with your local Applebee’s, Denny’s, and Chick-fil-A to see if they offer deals for kids.

Related: 7 Tips From Real Chefs That Will Make You A Better Diner

2. Book A Flight For Wednesday

The next time you need to buy a plane ticket, consider booking a flight for a Tuesday or a Wednesday. These are typically the cheapest days to fly. It may require a bit of planning, but you can save an average of $73 per flight this way!

going to the movies

3. Go To The Movies On Tuesday

Tuesdays are typically the slowest day for movie theaters. To compensate, many theaters offer special deals on Tuesdays to draw people in. Popular deals include $5 admission and 50% off popcorn. Check with your local theaters to see if they offer any special daily deals.

4. Book A Hotel Room On Friday

If you need to book a hotel stay, try to do it on a Friday or Saturday. Hotel room prices are typically at their lowest over the weekend. Why? It’s because most people plan their weekend trips during the week, meaning fewer people are actually booking on the weekends.

5. Stay At Hotels On Sunday

The cheapest day to check-in for a hotel stay is Sunday. Checking in at the start of the weekend is almost guaranteed to be much more expensive.

grocery shopping

6. Buy Groceries On Thursday

For the best deals on groceries, plan your shopping trip for Wednesday or Thursday. These are often the cheapest days to shop. And as an added bonus, these days are usually less busy too!

Related: 10 Genius Ways To Make Grocery Shopping Easier

buying a car

7. Buy A Car On Monday

Looking for a new car? You can research and do test drives any day of the week, but wait for Monday to actually make the purchase. Buying a car on a Monday could save you an average of 8% overall!

8. Fill Up The Car On Monday

If you can time it right, it’s best to fill your car with gas on Monday mornings. Gas prices are typically lower earlier in the week, and go up as the week progresses. Thursday and Friday are the most expensive days to fill up.

going shopping

9. Go Shopping During The Weekend

Looking for the best day to hit the mall? You’ll find the best deals over the weekend. (But while the deals may be easy to find, parking spaces may be hard to come by!)

Do you time any of your purchases for a certain day of the week?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Wanted to offer some info on savings…it may or may not work for everyone…Mondays..seniors get 10%off at TJ MAXX and Bealls Outlet store…Tuesday…seniors get 10% off at Ross…and Wednesday…50% off at Salvation Army stores…

  • Good Morning…looking for a suggestion…I recently lost some weight and hate, hate, hate to get rid of some of my tops….Is there a way to sort of shrink them? Thinking maybe washing in hot water?…would that help? Thanks for all your good info…!!

    • Depending on the material the tops are made of… Washing in hot water and drying will definitely shrink them if they are cotton. I’m so happy that you enjoy my posts. :-)

  • Our goodwill and thrift stores usually have a tag color that is half price for the week. For us it changes on Fridays, so Friday there are most of the tags of that color on sale. Since our goodwill is often stocked with things that were overstocked or returned to target, Friday mornings has become my go to date. Ours also honors half price the color tags from the previous week on the day they change the half off color over. Your dates and policies may vary but it’s a fun scavenger hunt

  • Interesting post. Regarding hotel stays, it has always been our experience that when booking a hotel room, the prices are generally higher to stay through the weekend. Can’t remember what day we were booking, but if we stayed M-F, the prices were much better (per room cost) than if we wanted to stay through the weekend. I realize you mentioned doing the booking on a Friday or Saturday and do the actual check in on Sunday. It can get pretty tricky to get the best deals!!!

  • Jillie. Can you address the topic of shower curtain rods? Like, how to install them and how to select the right shape for your bathtub. And also how to clean them when rusty and how to easily replace them. I have a tub that is quite curved on the inside and straight flat on the outside and I cannot figure out how to put a shower curtain to properly hold the shower water. I put a double rod but it was quite the heavyweight so my husband said it had to ne screwed into a stud. This placed the shower rod so far away from the tub that the door into the bathroom bonks into it. Plus it got all rusty in the edges. I just don’t know what to do. Can you advise me sometime?

    • I’d love to help Judy! What do you mean when you say you need the curtain to “hold the shower water?” The shower curtain should be pretty lightweight – is there something else hanging from the rod?

  • If you shop at Sprouts, they have double ad Wednesday. Which means Wednesday may not be the least crowded, but if you missed last week you get a second chance this week.

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