Finances

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 […]

Food Expense Report – July 2017 – $511.93

Food Expense Report – July 2017 – $511.93

Welcome to another monthly food expense report at the FAF family! I am happy to announce that Mr. FAF successfully defended his dissertation in mid July and now has a new title: Dr. FAF (but I will still refer to him as Mr. FAF). He […]

How We Saved On Furniture

How We Saved 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 […]

How Finding Substitutes Saves Me Money

How Finding Substitutes Saves Me Money

Have you ever wanted something so badly but balked at its price tag? I have. Many times in fact. When I face a dilemma where I really want something but don’t want to spend money on it, I have two options: 1. Practice self-control and […]

How to Save on Transportation in Washington DC

How to Save on Transportation in Washington DC

If you’re planning to visit or work in Washington DC, you’ve probably thought about transportation. DC is known for its sprawling public transit system that can take you almost anywhere in the DC metro area. However, while public transit is cheaper than driving elsewhere in […]

Why I Hold On To My Broken Laptop

Why I Hold On To My Broken Laptop

As a frugal person, I try not to spend money on something I don’t need. That also means I want to make the most out of everything that I have, including my aging laptop. I bought my Toshiba laptop back in May 2012. I can’t […]

Our Pledge For The Million Dollar Club

Our Pledge For The Million Dollar Club

I am writing a pledge to join the Million Dollar Club founded by J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy. What’s it like to be a millionaire? Prior to reading about personal finance a couple of years ago, I had the following (mis)conception of millionaires: — […]

5 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – June 23

5 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – June 23

I am so excited summer is finally here in DC. In my mind, summer means picnics, potlucks, ice-cream cones, community activities, and FUN! It was still freezing cold in the city just 2-3 weeks ago. Now the sun is scorching hot in the 95 degree […]

How We Saved $1,753 on Engagement and Wedding Rings

How We Saved $1,753 on Engagement and Wedding Rings

Despite our differences, I’m generally happy with my marriage to Mr. FAF. He’s a good husband, father, and friend. The one thing that keeps bothering me about our marriage is the $2,350 engagement ring Mr. FAF got me. I know the unspoken rule in the dating/marriage […]

3 Things We Fail to Do to Save Money

3 Things We Fail to Do to Save Money

Mr. FAF and I are a frugal couple. We try to save money in every possible way we can from bringing food while traveling, keeping a low grocery budget, to wearing free clothes. However, there are three major things we fail to do to increase our […]