"A guide to saving money, time, and your cell phone."
Reviewed by Auriette Lindsey
Posted December 1, 2012
Self-Help | Non-Fiction
We all want to be more efficient, to save time, spend
wisely, and be healthier, right? Former investigative
reporter Mark Di Vincenzo is making a career out of helping
people do all that by guiding his readers to make better
BUY SHOES ON WEDNESDAY AND TWEET AT 4:00 is Di Vicenzo's
third book compiling consumer research and insider tips on
the best times to do all kinds of things, from getting your
teeth cleaned to traveling the world.
It's an easy book to read. Each chapter focuses on a
different area, like work, home, or pet care, and tips are
presented in a bite-sized Q&A format that allows you to
peruse a handful of recommendations any time you have a few
minutes to kill. I kept my copy in the car and flipped pages
while my husband and I ran errands on the weekends. When I
saw something interesting, like a better time to take his
medication or a website that helps you find the most
economical phone service for your lifestyle, I could share
it with him right then.
Admittedly, some of the tips are fairly common knowledge and
just plain common sense. Of course the best time to buy an
annual calendar is just after the first of the year, when
gift-giving season is over and most people have already
gotten one. Some of the questions aren't phrased in the
usual way. Like who would ask "When is the best time to dunk
your cell phone in a pot of dry rice?" The answer is when
you've gotten it very wet and want to help it dry out -- good
advice, but a bit of a stretch to make it fit the book's theme.
Some really savvy shoppers may not need this book at all,
but I think most people will find at least a handful of
suggestions they can use. I kept a pen handy while reading
and put a big star in the margin by the ideas most
interesting to me. I marked 14 items. That's a buck each,
based on the cover price of the book, and some of them --
like the one on what time of year to shop for flat-panel TVs
-- could save me a lot more than that.
BUY SHOES ON WEDNESDAY AND TWEET AT 4:00It would be great
for young people developing their
bargain hunting skills, older folks who want to make the
most of a limited income, and smart shoppers who want to
verify that they know everything and maybe learn a thing or
two they don't. BUY SHOES ON WEDNESDAY AND TWEET AT 4:00
makes a nice gift, too.
Are you thinking that you might have gotten a better deal
on a purchase if only you'd known the right moment to buy?
Do you wonder if your workout would be more effective at
another time of day? Have you worried that your tropical
vacation plans might land you on an island paradise just in
time for monsoon season?
Mark Di Vincenzo's
eye-opening, phenomenally useful New York Times
bestseller, Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at
Noon, captured the attention of consumers across the
country—and saved readers time, money and trouble. Now he's
back with hundreds of brand-new timing tips! Do you
know:(1) The best month to buy a cell phone?
best day of the week to take your car in for repairs?
(3) The best week of the year to visit Mexico
(4) The best time to confront someone who
"unfriended" you on Facebook?
Get more for your money,
maximize your time, take better care of your health and be
savvier about your career—simply by changing the time you do
certain things. Timing truly is everything!
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