Author: 'Timing' is Everything to Save, Reduce Stress

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Do you know the best day of the week to buy groceries? How about the best time of day to schedule surgery?

Do you know the best day of the month to make an offer on a house?

Author Mark Di Vincenzo believes "timing is everything." In his book, Buy Ketchup in May, and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do This and Go There, Di Vincenzo shares the best time to buy this, do that, and go there.

He says his timing tips will help you get more for your money, maximize your time, take better care of your health, and make smarter career choices - all by doing certain things at the right time.

According to his website, Di Vincenzo worked as a journalist for 24 years, making a name for himself as a reporter who exposed abuses and as a writer who made the complicated seem simple.

During that time, he won numerous awards, then became an editor. He left daily journalism in 2007 to start Business Writers Group, a company that writes for corporate clients.

Best-Time Questions & Answers

For example, here are some bonus best-time questions and answers from the Buy Ketchup in May Web site that are not found in the book.

- When is the best time of day to take your vehicle to a car wash?

First thing in the morning. The machinery is cleaner then, and the employees have more energy to dry and detail your vehicle.

- When is the best time of the day and day of the week to take your pet to a veterinarian?

9 a.m. Tuesday. By this time, vets are digging out from the weekend's emergency calls. The worst time? 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Pet owners who have just returned home from work discover pet emergencies, some of which don't get resolved until Monday.

- When is the best time to see a nutritionist?

  • Nutritionists say these four times make the most sense:
    1 - When you're pregnant or right after you've given birth.
    2 - When you're caring for an aging loved one and need advice to help them.
    3 - When you just want to eat better but don't trust yourself to do the necessary research.
    4 - When you're an athlete and you want to improve your performance.

- When is the best time to cook chicken after defrosting it?

Right away. This gives you the best chance to kill harmful bacteria that the chickens pick up after pecking at droppings or drinking contaminated water. Cook the chicken to at least 165 degrees, and refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours after cooking.

Mark Di Vincenzo is scheduled to appear on Monday's The 700 Club. Check local listings. You can also check after 10 a.m. ET for Di Vincenzo's interview.

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