Finances

“If It’s Yellow, Let It Mellow” – Is It Worth It?

“If It’s Yellow, Let It Mellow” – Is It Worth It?

You might not want to read this post if you’re eating or drinking something. When I was growing up, my parents strictly stuck with the “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” principle. Even now when they’re financially stable, this principle still rules. After Mr. FAF […]

How To Have A Cheap & Happy Halloween

How To Have A Cheap & Happy Halloween

Our family went for our Friday night walk at Target last weekend. Once we entered the store, I just couldn’t help but notice all the Halloween decorations displayed at the front. I started to feel really warm and fuzzy inside. College Growing up in Vietnam, […]

The Life Of A Poor PhD Student

The Life Of A Poor PhD Student

If you follow my blog, you might already know that Mr. FAF completed his PhD degree this past summer and has officially become Dr. FAF. However, there’s one thing you might not know about me. Besides ‘Ms. FAF’ I also have another title: a PhD […]

The Pros and Cons of Living in An Expensive City

The Pros and Cons of Living in An Expensive City

Mr. FAF and I bought our first home in the DC metro area in 2016, but I have lived in the city for almost four years. While I love Washington DC for all the unique perks it offers, the city is not perfect. If you […]

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Wear Makeup (Money Is Only One Reason)

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Wear Makeup (Money Is Only One Reason)

I don’t wear makeup, and I don’t have a makeup kit. The second and last makeup kit I bought was at an airport in Japan in 2009. I got it for about $100. It included an eyeliner, some lipstick, and other basic cosmetic items any […]

6 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Sep 20

6 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Sep 20

Can you believe we have roughly three more months until the end of 2017? I am not ready to get older, but I am excited about all the holidays that are coming up: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. I didn’t grow up celebrating most […]

My Angry Purchase – A $1,000 Samsung Laptop

My Angry Purchase – A $1,000 Samsung Laptop

It was almost midnight, and I was trying to upload the images of my new post onto Instagram and Pinterest using my 5-year-old Toshiba. Whenever I opened a browser, I would need to wait for at least 1-2 minute for the page to load. I […]

5 Things We Refuse To Do To Save Money

5 Things We Refuse To Do To Save Money

Being a frugal person and growing up in a low-income  family, I’ve done and seen my family do all sorts of things to save money. It ranges from cutting up the toothpaste tube to salvage 2-3 days worth of toothpaste to “if it’s yellow, let […]

When Frugality Goes Wrong

When Frugality Goes Wrong

If you landed on my blog and are reading this post, you might have some sort of interest in being frugal. As for me, I just love frugality. Frugality has brought Mr. FAF and me together as a couple, allowed me to save for a […]

3 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Aug 23

3 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Aug 23

It’s been a month and a half since I published my last frugal wins and frugal fails post on June 23. I originally wanted to have a new post for this series once every two weeks. But I realized many of the frugal wins and […]

How To Save on Rent in Washington DC

How To Save on Rent in Washington DC

I moved to Washington DC almost four years ago for grad school and have been living in the area since. Before moving to the city, I had done some research on the cost of living in DC and worked like crazy to save up. But […]

How To Save On Furniture

How To Save On Furniture

Frugality enables Mr. FAF and me to simplify our priorities. Buying expensive furniture to adorn our house to the max is just not one of them. I am not a minimalist, and neither is Mr. FAF. We keep what we need and will need in the […]