Daylight Saving Time 2013: When Do We Set Our Clocks Ahead?

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ClockMy fellow Americans, the day we have all been waiting for is almost here! Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend! You know what this means? Spring is almost here, and it's dragging the afternoon sun along with it! Oh yeah, and it's time to change your clocks.

Already having dreams of sitting out on the porch watching the fireflies? Here's everything you need to know about the hap, hap, happiest time of the year! Er, I mean, Daylight Saving Time ...

1. It starts Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. So set your clocks ahead on hour on Saturday night, or you'll be 50 shades of confused when you get up and try to watch your favorite 8 a.m. news show.

2. We're losing an hour. OK, OK, this is the part that no one likes. We lose out on an hour of sleep on Sunday morning. But hello, an extra hour of sunshine at night ... so worth it!

3. Daylight Saving Time doesn't apply everywhere. Live in Arizona or Hawaii? How about Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, or American Samoa? You don't have to worry about changing your clocks, because these are the spots around the America that don't participate in DST. They get that extra hour of sleep ... but it makes  the eight months a little more confusing. It's hard enough keeping track of the time change when you're calling out of state, now we have to add this into the mix!

4. It will last for eight months. Personally, I'm one of those "can't it be DST all year long" folks, but we've only got until November 3. So make it last!

5. It's Daylight Saving Time. Got that? Not Daylight "SAVINGS" Time. Make sure you drop that "s" ... or you'll bring out the grammar police.

6. It's a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. It's not necessary, but the safety experts have tried to make these two practices go hand in hand so people don't forget that those batteries CAN expire ... and that could be deadly.

Are you ready to change your clocks? What are you looking forward to about DST? 


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nonmember avatar Manda

Ugh, I get up at 4am for work. So not excited.

craft... craftycatVT

DST is not nessessary anymore! Lets set it 1/2 hour ahead and leave it there already!

Zenia6 Zenia6

Hate DST- a completely outdated concept. The days are supposed to get gradually brighter and gradually darker. And since I have no harvest for my kids to help with, its nothing but a nuisance.

Katriena Young

I like it when we fall back in the fall. I like it when it gettes darker sooner and stays darker longer. I'm not much for summer. Don't get me wrong I like going to the beach and having BBQs and all that but I'm a night person and I like the dark.

Todd Vrancic

Manda, we feel your pain, my wife also has to get up at 4 a.m. and I don't feel right making her do it alone, so I get up with her.  So not looking forward to it.

MoonS... MoonStruckMom

Ugh, I detest this idiotic idea. It was bad enough when it was from October-April, but since those idiots in office made it begin sooner and end later, it's all the worse. My husband also awakens at 4am for work.

texas... texasmom64

I'm not a fan...never have just seem to me that it should start getting dark by 5:30 because that is when "evening" starts.....just my opinion

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