The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Design Tinkering Edition

I’ve been tinkering with site design a bit around here, mostly looking for a way to include a general description of what The Simple Dollar is on every page without wrecking the overall design. So, things may be moving around subtly for the next few days as I try to come up with something that really works. For now, here are some personal finance posts.

A No-Frills Kitchen Still Cooks This article really gets it when it comes to cooking at home. A collection of well-considered (but not stupidly expensive) tools are really the foundation of a successful home kitchen. (ny times via seeing green)

Raise Your Children To Rely On Them “One of the beliefs that has been ingrained into my head since a very early age is that it is proper and respectful to somehow pay back my parents for all of the years of work and money that they have put into raising me.” That’s an interesting perspective. My parents have flat-out told me that I can “repay” them by making sure that my son and daughter are raised well – if I pour as much love into raising them as they did into raising me, then that’s about equal. (@ make love not debt)

What Would You Do? Cheat With Octane In Iowa, 89 octane gas with a 10% ethanol blend is substantially cheaper than 87 octane gas, so that’s usually what I choose for my vehicle. (@ queercents)

The Simple Dollar Retro: The Well-Stocked Kitchen: Staple Foods You Should Always Have On Hand This is a great supplement to the “no-frills kitchen” article above – here’s a list of the actual foods you should have on hand.

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  1. James says:

    The 10% ethanol blend is cheaper than the “real stuff” (even at lower octane) for a reason. Ethanol, while it is a decent fuel and can easily boost the octane of gasoline, has a significantly lower energy density than pure gasoline (25 MJ/kg compared to 45 MJ/kg). This works out to 125.5 MJ/gallon for gas and 74.6 MJ/gallon for ethanol. A 10% blend works out to have about 95% of the energy density (per gallon) as pure gasoline, so if you’re paying more than 95% of the pure 87 octane price, you may not actually be saving money.

  2. Trent says:

    James: that’s roughly what we pay in Iowa for it, about 95% or so of the price of 87.

  3. Brad says:

    We would have a lot fewer starving seniors if we would focus more on repaying our parents by planning on taking care of them when they are older, instead of relying on the government, pensions, or something else. While we should all save what we can for our own later years, the lack of a familial commitment is an overall negative, IMHO.


  4. Mitch says:

    Is the quote below the bit you’re moving around? I’m not sure that it really distinguishes TSD from any other PF site–it sounds like a generic corporate mission statement to me. It might be nice, though, if you included the “financial talk for the rest of us” in your alt text.

    “The Simple Dollar is for those of us who need both cents and sense: people fighting debt and bad spending habits while building a financially secure future and still affording a latte or two. Our busy lives are crazy enough without having to compare five hundred mutual funds – we just want simple ways to manage our finances and save a little money.”

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