Friday, September 14, 2012

'Buy Shoes on Wednesday': 10 tips on when best to accomplish everyday tasks

Is there a best month to buy stocks? Does it matter which day of the week you buy your bread? Writer Mark Di Vincenzo researched the best times of year, week, or day to complete all kinds of household tasks and personal purchases. In 'Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00,' he offers advice on everything from travel to grocery-store shopping. Here are 10 tips from Di Vincenzo's book

1. When should you buy a cell phone?

Di Vincenzo says there are two months to choose from when deciding to purchase a cell phone: June or December. Both are now popular months to make such a purchase because June is high school graduation month and December means the holidays. High demand during either of these months, says Di Vincenzo, will lead to cheaper cell phones.

2. When should you post something on Facebook?

If you want something you're posting on Facebook to be read by the maximum amount of people, Di Vincenzo recommends three times: 7 a.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Most people leave for work later than 7 a.m., head out of the office shortly after 5 p.m., and go to bed sometime after 10 p.m.

3. When is the best day to go golfing?

Wednesday, says Di Vincenzo. There are fewer people playing in the middle of the week, so golf courses often give discounts on those days to try to lure customers. But, Di Vincenzo says, the discounts usually don't bring the price down enough to lure people away from work, so you'll get a discount and it'll still be less crowded.

4. When should you get your car washed?

When you're looking to spruce up your vehicle, Di Vincenzo says to head over as soon as possible in the morning. The car wash itself is cleaner and the employees aren't tired from a day of work, so they'll be alert when washing your car.

5. When should you get your hair cut?

Di Vincenzo says it's best to get your hair trimmed on Tuesday. It's usually a slow day, so less waiting time, and your stylist won't feel rushed. He suggests avoiding Saturday, which is often the busiest time for a shop.

6. When should you go to an ATM in a dangerous neighborhood?

Di Vincenzo says the safest time is between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., when statistically the least amount of crimes occur. Most people who would commit crimes, he says, have been out late and would probably be asleep.

7. When should you go for a quick doctor's appointment?

The best month to go to the doctor is May, Di Vincenzo says, because the flu is gone and parents haven't booked appointments for exams for camp yet, or for physicals for school in the autumn.

8. What's the best day for getting something done at work?

Tuesday is the most productive day of work during the week, says Di Vincenzo. A survey of workers chose that day overwhelmingly as the day they would be most productive, with Monday trailing far behind to come in second, Wednesday and Thursday tying for third and Friday placing last.

9. When is the best time to call a lawyer?

Di Vincenzo suggests calling lawyers in the afternoon – they often arrange sit-downs with clients or are in court during the morning. However, if you get in there early, Di Vincenzo says, 9 a.m. can also be a good time because even if the lawyer isn't there, they may start calling people back in the order in which they called, so you'll be at the top of the list.

10. When is the best time to vacuum?

Try vacuuming in the late afternoon, suggests Di Vincenzo – around, say, 4 p.m. Humans experience a boost of energy and an increase in their mood in the late afternoon, so you'll be happier when you start the task and be more inclined to do it.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

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