Savings Around the Clock

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - You've heard about which days of the week you can find the best deals.  Now, we're helping you count cash by the clock.

"We offer ladies day every Tuesday, military discounts every day," says Milgen Road Express Oil Change Assistant Manager Andrew Littleton.

The ConsumerWatch team has discovered however,  it's not just certain days of the week where consumers get the best deals.

Depending on the time of day, the discounts get even better.

For example, experts say you may be able to save even more on an oil change by taking your car in early in the morning, maybe between 8:00-11:00 a.m.

It's not just car repairs though, a recent study in Consumer Reports features all types of services where consumers can find savings, depending on when they shop.

Take car washes, experts say drive in early, before 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.  Many big city garages offer better rates for parking in the morning too.

When it comes to shaving a few bucks off your bills, ask your cell phone provider about reduced rates or free, unlimited calling on nights and weekends.

Find out whether your power company offers "off-peak" or "time of use" rates for electricity.  If so, run your appliances when kilowatts are cheapest.

Then, there are hobbies.  For example, when it comes to bowling, the later the better.

"We have a lot of the late night specials on Monday nights, we have a $1.69 games.  On Tuesday, Thursday, we're doing a $5.00 all you can bowl until close which is 12:00 a.m.," says AMF Peach Lanes General Manager Brian Shaw.

Shaw also says they have specials for seniors and children throughout the week.

If tennis is more your speed, try to get to the court before 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. or late in evening, maybe after 9:00 p.m.

Experts say you may be able to save on gym fees too by going early or late as well.

Savings options are similar for golf.

"We're Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays, our regular prices are $35, but after 2:00 p.m. we drop it to $29 and after 4:00 p.m. we drop it to $27," explains City of Columbus Director of Golf John Milam.

Milam also says there are senior specials and occasional discounts on Saturdays.

For all you foodies, check out the early bird specials at restaurants and head to the farmer's market and grocery stores, late in the evening, when items have to be hauled off or thrown away.

No matter what, though, if you're trying to save a few dollars, check the time on the clock, before you head out the door.