When you are trying your best to save money, you want to be sure you spend it wisely as well. Some savings can depend on WHEN you spend. Here are a few examples:
Morning Discounts - Grocery shopping early can have a few advantages, such as not as many other shoppers, but also more opportunities to make sure you get certain sales items as well. Sale items will be less picked over and for super popular items they will still be in stock. Also, when buying meat, sometimes a store will get a large shipment in and it may not be selling as fast as they would like, so they will discount meat up to 40% off at times and the earlier, the better. (Check dates on items. Some sales are just to get rid of things that may be coming up on the date. If you don't intend to use the item right away, pass it up.) Early morning is good for gassing up the car when the temperature is cooler. As gas warms up it becomes less dense which means you get a little less fuel per gallon. Also, shopping in the morning for higher ticket items may keep you from making rash decisions. As our day wears on, our resistance to saying NO takes a nosedive, because we are making so many decisions during the day. While you are at it, go see a movie before noon. A lot of theaters offer cheaper ticket prices before regular matinee times. Bonus: a nice empty theater just for you!
Lunchtime Sales - When it comes to garage sales, you hear that the earlier you get there, the better the deals. That may not always be the truth. Some times, if you wait until later, the sellers are getting to the place where certain items may not be selling and may be willing to drop the prices on items just to get rid of them. Another way to save on your lunch hour is to negotiate bills you may have at this time. We are at the top of our thinking game around noonish so it's the best time to have your thoughts ready to get a good reduction on something.
Evening Economy - When it comes to the evening hours, there are several different things to not only save money, but to make the right shopping choices. For instance, if you need to buy new shoes, shopping in the evening might be better for the choice you make. Our feet swell during the day, so what may be comfortable in the morning, may not be later in the day. If you go when your feet a "larger" than usual, you will be more apt for find shoes that will be comfortable after you buy them. Also, deli buffet items will start to be marked down in the evening before the deli closes because they will throw them out afterwards. Buying these items at a reduced price will save you money and they will still be good the next day. Another thing to do later than usual is run the dishwasher. Some utility companies may offer time-of-use programs that charge less when you use your electricity at off hours, so running the dishwasher later than right after supper might save you some money as well. Of course, it may always help to save you more if you take time the night before a big shopping day to check out the next days deals so you can be ready to save when you get up and out the next day!