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When in the day are your dreaded mom chores the easiest to tackle? We checked in with Mark Di Vincenzo, author of Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There ($13,99, Harper Paperbacks), for some answers:

B Returning the Winnie the Pooh sweater your brother-in-law gave your 12-year-old: 10 A.M.

THE REASON: The shop won't be too busy yet, and the most experienced staffers (say, ones who can wrangle you a store credit even If you don't have a receipt) will be on duty—stores schedule their best employees for the day shifts,

E Cleaning your house: 4 P.M.

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B Filling your daughter's third pinkeye prescription of the year: 10 A.M. to noon

THE REASON: You'll miss the morning rush of people trying to get prescriptions filled before work—and the afternoon crowds who head to the pharmacy after they've gone to the doctor.

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THE REASON: That's when energy and mood levels tend to peak. The worst time? About two hours before, when a dip in your body temperature and your circadlan rhythm make you drowsy.

B Filling your daughter's third pinkeye prescription of the year: 10 A.M. to noon

THE REASON: You'll miss the morning rush of people trying to get prescriptions filled before work—and the afternoon crowds who head to the pharmacy after they've gone to the doctor.

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