Author Archives: Thriftygal

About Thriftygal

I am trying. Always trying.

It’s Diet, Stupid

By | January 1, 2018

The title is a reminder to myself. I’m not calling you stupid. I’m working on Life Bucket List item #18 — find the good kind of six-pack. All my previous articles on fitness have been about trying to make daily exercising into a habit. That’s all well and good and awesome and all, but diet matters… Read More »

Book Reviews – December 2017

By | December 25, 2017

Oh hey, look, more book reviews. Cataloochee, A Novel by Wayne Caldwell Ambitious novel telling the story of a few generations living in the area in Tennessee that is now the Great Smokey Mountains. The prose was true to the “country” way of talking, but not pretty. There were a lot of characters, but the most… Read More »

Shera recipe

By | December 18, 2017

My second year of law school, I told my mom I wanted to learn everything she knew how to make. I would measure the ingredients and take pictures and write out careful directions. With that same approach, I also planned to learn everything my aunts knew how to make. My brilliant idea was to create… Read More »

You Manage What You Measure — Fitness Edition

By | December 11, 2017

I’m working on Operation Get Strong, You Weakling! and reading some of my past articles for advice. No, I don’t think that’s embarrassing. When I was walking myself through learning to cook like my mom and thinking about what worked for my early retirement dream, I decided I needed to: Formulate a good story for why… Read More »

Want something free?

By | December 7, 2017

Have you read The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins yet? This book outlines the investment strategy I use. I read it in one night and told you about it here. Do you like listening to audio books? I’ve tried, but I stop paying attention after a couple of minutes. I’m a visual learner.… Read More »

Get stronger, not thinner

By | December 5, 2017

In my book, I have little “Action Plans” you can do if you want concrete steps on how to retire. The first Action Plan is to picture what you want your life post-retirement to look like. You have to understand why you want this because it has to matter to you on a deeper level.… Read More »

Consider your possible excuses

By | November 27, 2017

I’m working on life bucket list items #18 and #19 — Operation something, something health and fitness. The goal is to make daily exercise into a routine, long-term habit that, eventually, I spend minimal mental energy on. Here are my notes from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg in case you skip my book review posts. Your… Read More »

Find Someone With Whom You Can Build an Empire

By | November 21, 2017

A dear friend gushed about how a book, Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love, by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, helped her stop picking the wrong guy. She explained it like this — when you’re on a date, stop thinking “does this guy like me?” and start… Read More »