Author Archives: Thriftygal

About Thriftygal

I am trying. Always trying.

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 »

How to write a book when you’re retired

By | January 24, 2017

I’m trying to cross off Life Bucket List Item #6 (write a book). Cliché, I know. Here’s my process (so far) if you’re thinking of writing one too. 1. Make a book proposal. First, I read some stuff on how to write a book proposal. A book proposal is an enormously helpful way to think about the… Read More »

Bhel Recipe

By | January 12, 2017

I gave you the recipe for sweet chutney last week and now I need to give you something to eat it with. You can’t just eat plain sweet chutney. So, may I present bhel. Pronounced “bear” or “bare.” I don’t know why there’s an “L” in it. To confuse people probably. **As numerous people have pointed… Read More »