On empathy

Hello people who trust me enough to give me your email address! Are you in Boulder? This thing is happening tonight, like pretty much right now. Sorry for the late notice. I suck at this. ******* A list I’ve been cultivating recently is my list of reasons why I think empathy is a good thing. I… Read More »

Cauliflower bhaji

I wrote down another of my mother’s recipes for Operation: Try to enjoy cooking, eh? Today’s dish stars the tasty cauliflower. As much as I like this vegetable, I can’t get excited about it because I don’t spell it right. I know that’s petty. The taste is pretty good though and I think that’s what most normal people care about when… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Biodata

I used to have an OKCupid profile a few years ago before I realized that Internet dating sucks the life out of my soul. Alas, I’m reading a bit about finding a partner in crime, a mate, a dude who will tell me, “hey, we’re sitting at the wrong gate; if we don’t move 20 feet… Read More »

On Depression

This revelation may surprise you. Based on my emails and comments, I get the impression that you all think of me as a cheery, breezy, funny, high-spirited, thrifty, gal who you are secretly (and not so secretly) falling in love with and, while I’m loathe to dispel that myth, I have to dispel that myth. A… Read More »

Bucket List Item Complete! – Be on TV Once

Oh, hey, I was on TV! Retire in your 30s? A former Chicago-based lawyer did just that and says you can too! I can’t bear to watch this, but I did throw my hands up in the air after I crossed the item off my bucket list. By my estimation, I’m at about minute 13 of… Read More »

How to travel thriftily

I don’t know if I’ve told you this already, but I kind of like to travel. In fact, travel is the budget hole where the vast majority of my expenses wanders into. I think. I don’t actually track my spending, so I don’t know for sure. I don’t have a really great system on finding deals,… Read More »

The Imposter Syndrome and how to beat it

Some intrepid reporters interviewed me last week and, in turn, my babbling appeared in different locations around the internet. As a result, my stats are booming. The Twitter thing keeps chirping at me. I fear that my email inbox is now insurmountable with too many messages I would like to reply to, but only 24 precious… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Guide to Garage Sales

I love the house where I grew up and where my parents still hang out, but there’s one area that I’ve long-despised. My parent’s basement: the birthplace of generations of spiders and my hatred of junk. Dad thinks every piece of paper deserves consideration. Mom used to work in retail and couldn’t resist a deal. My… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Review: The Simple Path to Wealth

I have a long list of things I love about retirement (of course) and consistently near the top lies “the ability to stay up as late as I want whenever I want.” If I find a book that’s engrossing, I can finish it – no delayed gratification like those annoying cliffhangers on television. So, when JL Collins sent… Read More »

Systems and goals

This may or may not be the last time I mention this book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams, but he has a chapter that I’m pretty sure he wrote just for me. He’s all like, Thriftygal, …goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they… Read More »