The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: An Amazing Supper Edition

Last night for supper, I diced an onion, took four bottles of beer, and boiled six bratwursts, the onion, and the beer until all there was left was a syrupy, thick substance and the cooked bratwursts. Then I spread this syrupy onion-beer solution onto the bratwursts and grilled them for a bit, making the coating hot and almost like a soft crust around the bratwurst, keeping the inside deliciously moist. Wonderful. I only ate one of them (allowed by my Volumetrics diet, which has been going really well). I really, really should start a food blog – if only I had the time.

Your Long Commute May Cost You More Than Time And Money This article looks at a number of risks brought about from a daily commute and concludes (rightfully so) that it will indeed cost you more than time and money over the long run. (@ generation x finance)

The Cost Of The Half-Marathon Running is a cheap sport? Think again. That’s a lot of cash to drop. (@ make love, not debt)

Barriers, Again or: The Emergency Fund, Vindicated Guess what? An emergency fund pays off! People sometimes get into some messy situations, and having a plain old cash emergency fund around to handle them can be worth its weight in gold. (@ an english major’s money)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Twenty Free Ways To Please Your Lover (In A Family-Friendly Way) Make a romantic evening this weekend on the cheap. You’ll be glad you did.

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  1. Steve says:

    Re: Cost of a half-marathon:

    -First, energy drinks and “sports beans” are not at all necessary for training or race day. Same goes for “nipple protectors” and ultraglide (toughen up). A pair of running shoes should be good for 500 miles, which should cover training and the race itself with plenty of mileage to spare (not just another 5k!). $491 to train for and run a half-marathon is not unreasonble, especially as the health benefits and the social aspects are an important (though non-financial) return.

  2. Him says:

    Re: toughen up -

    When I was asked by multiple people in my neighborhood if I was okay because blood was soaking through my shirt due to a bleeding nipple, I thought it would be a good idea to do something about that. Seriously.

  3. Amen to the long commute. I used to do 3 hours per day in the car total, and now it’s 30 mins. My sanity has been saved.

  4. guinness416 says:

    Whoa, I bet that’s an understatement Modern Worker! I’d rather sell a limb than have a commute more than half an hour or so.

  5. Guinness, I feel like I’m in paradise with my newly shortened commute!

  6. plonkee says:

    You cooked beer! Sounds like a nice dinner though.

  7. Celeste says:

    There are lots of cheaper ways to run half marathons. Some races give shirts that are moisture-wicking. Having 2-3 should be enough. As for the nipples, just use band-aids. This month’s runner’s world has an article about a guy who gets two marathons out of one set of band-aids. Glide is fine, but try Vaseline. After 13 miles your going to want a shower very much and so the petroleum base in Vaseline can come off then. Race entry fees are pretty high. The price for running gets really high when you start flying out of your area to run. Flights, cars, hotels, meals out–makes $491 seem like a bargain!

  8. Amy Bliss says:

    I’m in the thick of a good deal of your cooking suggestions. My husband and I have been really frugal for the last month and it’s a good feeling. I’m also spending more time at home than I was, also a good thing.

    If you have any ideas on a collaborative food blog, let me know. I would love to do something like that, and if you don’t have the time to devote full attention to it, maybe we could tackle it together.

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