Online Books

Since I’ve always been the kind of person who learns best on my own, outside of the classroom, I’m always searching for great sites that give away knowledge and books for free. The Online Books Collection is a great index of books put together by John Mark Ockerbloom, a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. With over 25,000 free books, you can read up on subjects like Psychology, Technology, Music, Science, Law and more!

Miles Per Dollar

UnfocusedBrain has released a project that calculates the miles per dollar based on the current gas price and the miles per gallon your vehicle gets. This is a great calculator for people who are curious as to how much money they really spend at the pump and throughout their daily driving routine. There is also an option to enter in the mileage to work from home, so that you can view how much a round trip costs you every day.

Some of these numbers are scary. I have a relative who drives a round trip of 80 miles a day to and from work. Her car gets 20 miles per gallon and gas is roughly $3.19 in our area. Lets do the math:

She is getting roughly 6 miles per dollar.

A round trip to and from work costs her roughly $13.00

That is roughly $64.00 a week.

And almost $200 a month. Just for work!

Keep in mind that this is only to and from work, nothing else. We all know that gas is not the only cost that comes along with driving, but it does play a major role as the most costly.

Maybe now we’ll think twice about that weekend trip to the beach?

Or maybe not …