Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There

Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There

by Mark Di Vincenzo

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ISBN-13: 9780061730887
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Edition description: First
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

As a journalist with nearly a quarter century of experience, Mark Di Vincenzo made a name for himself as a reporter who exposed abuses and as a writer who made the complicated seem simple. He won numerous awards before becoming an editor.

During the summer of 2007, he left daily journalism to pursue book projects and to start Business Writers Group, a writing and public relations company. In 2009, Harper-Collins published his first book, Buy Ketchup in May and Fly At Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There, a New York Times bestseller.

Born and reared in Cleveland, he lives in the shipyard town of Newport News, Virginia—two blocks from William Styron’s childhood home—with his wife and two daughters. A third daughter attends the University of Oklahoma.

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Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Ana-Gram More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books about saving money and how to get good deals on things. For my money, this book ranks right up their with my favorite, "The Tightwad Gazette." I've seen short articles on the best time to buy sheets, or winter clothes or what-not, but this book goes above and beyond the everyday advice we all know. I want to buy a house soon so just learning the best time to make an offer on a house was worth the price of the book.
Well-ReadReader More than 1 year ago
"Straightforward." (Richmond Times-Dispatch ) "Food for thought." (Boston Globe ) "Sure to liven up a boring cocktail party . . . [W]ill enlighten, surprise, even disappoint you." (Houston Chronicle ) "Well worth checking out." (Dayton Daily News ) "The breezy little paperback offers hundreds of tips from the former investigative reporter, whose research is evident and sources carefully listed at the end. That keeps the attribution from cluttering up the info, which ranges from sublime to silly." (Los Angeles Times/Travel blog )
kristenn on LibraryThing 3 months ago
So what's the best time to read this book? Like most reference works, it's more appropriate for on-demand dipping than for reading straight through. Sadly, there is no index. But there are theme chapters and clear topic headings. There are many interesting factoids mixed throughout, although some advice seems very regional. For example, showing up early to a garage sale is considered very rude in this part of the country. But I'll certainly pay attention the next time I go to a movie matinee, to see whether people really are spending more at the concessions stand than they do at evening showings. The reasons for the 'best' time vary -- sometimes it's quality, sometimes price, sometimes safety, sometimes convenience. A lot of it is common sense, but that doesn't mean you already knew the answer. The primary sources are well-documented, but it would have been nice to see the origins of the interesting little 'did you know?' sidebars as well.
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GlobalTravelGal More than 1 year ago
Fun comprehensive guide to a wide range of topics. Quirky, fun and serious stuff. Interesting choice of questions. Makes for fun conversation at parties and gatherings. Loved the travel tips and shopping ideas. Grab it, a steal at $10-$13 online.
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Gabell More than 1 year ago
Many of the suggestions are "old hat" but then for the younger generation it'll probably be helpful
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There is nothing of value here, all info you likely know from common sense or general media. Save your money, very few ideas, none worth of the price of the book, and stretched to justify a certain number of pages. Never should have been published.