How to thoughtfully spend on your hobbies

By | October 24, 2016

To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real. Winston Churchill seems like such an interesting dude. So insightful. One of the many reasons I love my resolutions chart is that it shows me what I’m actually doing and what I just… Read More »

FAQ about my precious VTSAX

By | October 14, 2016

More of your questions answered! By me! Mostly about VTSAX. VTSAX is, of course, my one true love and where I invest the majority of my money. It’s the total stock market index fund from Vanguard. Read the post I’ve linked above if you’re still confused. Should I wait to buy VTSAX until it’s on sale?… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Book Reviews – October 2016

By | October 11, 2016

Hey, here’s a new thing I’m doing. I like to read and I’ve started writing pithy little reviews of books I finish. Okay, that’s not accurate. Pithy implies short, but full of substance. My reviews are mostly rubbish. If my review of the book makes it sound interesting and if you click on the link and if… Read More »

Let’s all start biking everywhere

By | October 7, 2016

Here’s my best attempt to persuade you that biking is your purpose in life. Or at least the best way to get around a bunch of places. Biking saves money!  Biking is pretty much free after you fork over the initial outlay of money. My commute to work in Chicago using the L cost me $80/month for an unlimited… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Anchorage Bucket List

By | October 4, 2016

I’m retired and I travel and I make stupid lists. That’s kind of my thing. Nearly every trip gets a Bucket List and I thought I’d share with you my Anchorage Bucket List to give you some ideas on (1) what you can do in Anchorage and (2) what life is like when you’re retired… Read More »

Finding a mate is a logic game

By | September 22, 2016

A friend of mine — his name is Dan and he is not imaginary — explained to me his theory on finding a mate recently. He approached it as a logic game more than luck. Everyone, including yourself, carries a number from 1 to 100. The goal of the game is to get together with the highest number possible. There… Read More »

Pohe recipe

By | September 12, 2016

I’m writing down some recipes of my mom’s. Today is pohe! Pressed rice with spices and flavor is a Sunday brunch food in our family. This is the first dish I learned to make years ago because it’s pretty simple. You can find pohe (the pressed rice) in an ethnic grocery store. Ingredients 3 cups of pohe 2-3… Read More »

Being poor is expensive

By | September 8, 2016

I used to believe that anyone could do what I did – retire early and live the life your soul aches to live. I stand by my assertion for the majority of you reading because I assume that you’re not living in poverty. My sister and I used to play this game: if we suddenly found ourselves… Read More »