Author Archives: Thriftygal

About Thriftygal

I am trying. Always trying.

My Guatemala Bucket List

By | April 14, 2017

I’ve been neglecting my blog in favor of real life lately. Sorry. I did manage to hang out in Guatemala for ten days and wrote up my Guatemala Bucket List if you care. My Guatemala Bucket List 1. Strengthen one friendship.  This is how you make friends: ask people to do things with you and say… Read More »

Book Reviews March 2017

By | March 29, 2017

Hello my delicate little sunflowers! I read some more books and then I wrote down what I thought of said books. Book reviews, go! Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloane It started out strong with the possibility of mystical elements, but veered back into mundane life about halfway through. I enjoyed the style,… Read More »

The Importance of Financial Literacy

By | March 2, 2017

I’ve been bumming myself out lately reading about poverty. Combine that with the occasional tidbits that slip into my attention regarding the priorities of the current political regime and I am seriously on edge. I mean, I’m not worried about me personally. I’m confident, barring something catastrophic, that I will be fine. Financial literacy is a powerful… Read More »

The enemy of happiness is entitlement

By | February 14, 2017

Don’t go around thinking the world owes you anything. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. That’s a badly mangled version of a quote often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain that I mutter to myself at least three times a day. Entitlement is the single worst trait in a human being. Expecting a… Read More »

How to get to 10,000 steps

By | February 7, 2017

I bought a fitbit recently. For those of you who don’t know me, that’s kind of a big deal. I don’t really buy things. It’s a watch that encourages you to walk 10,000 steps each day and then celebrates with you when you do it. I love it. I’m in love with it. And no,… Read More »

Chivda recipe

By | February 3, 2017

I’m learning to cook my mom’s specialities. This particular dish (pronounced “chew-da”) is a good afternoon snack. I ate it everyday after school. For years and years. To this day, Ma puts a bag or two in my suitcase when I visit. It screams “childhood.” My childhood. Probably not yours. Every family in India will have… Read More »

My Middle East Bucket List

By | January 31, 2017

I recently spent about a month in the Middle East. Not nearly as scary a place as I envisioned. In fact, it was just the opposite. Clean and modern and safe. My Middle East Bucket List 1. Visit two new countries.  I’m making my success explosion noises here pretty loudly. I visited four countries in… Read More »