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Why I Decide Not To Do A PhD Again

Why I Decide Not To Do A PhD Again

That important moment had finally come. I was standing among hundreds of people, most of whom were PhD graduates and their family. It was Mr. FAF’s graduation ceremony, something we had all been waiting for for the past six years. It was the reason why […]

6 Things Americans Do That I Don’t Get

6 Things Americans Do That I Don’t Get

I was born and raised in Asia and came to America at the age of 18 for college. I have been living in the US for 12 years. Although it’s almost half of my lifetime, it’s definitely not long enough for me to absorb and […]

10 Ways To Save Money & Live Frugally Without A Budget

10 Ways To Save Money & Live Frugally Without A Budget

Whenever I see or hear someone mention the importance of a budget, I’d feel a sense of shame running through my whole body and straight to my brain. I feel as if someone has pointed out something I should be doing that I’m not. Mr. […]

At What Cost Would You Pursue Your Passion?

At What Cost Would You Pursue Your Passion?

Bad news I was wandering in my dream land at about 10:30 PM when Mr. FAF stormed into the master bedroom. “I have bad news for you,” he said breathlessly. For about 5 seconds, I ran different scenarios in my head to see what bad […]

My 1st Time Staying At An AirBnB – Yay Or Nay?

My 1st Time Staying At An AirBnB – Yay Or Nay?

This post is a continuation of our Raleigh road trip report. In my previous post, I talked about how Mr. FAF, our son, and I traveled frugally from DC to Raleigh on a $387 budget with no travel hacking. This time, I will talk in […]

How To Travel Frugally – Our $387 Three-day Road Trip To Raleigh, NC

How To Travel Frugally – Our $387 Three-day Road Trip To Raleigh, NC

In a previous post, I mentioned that Mr. FAF and I planned to travel to different cities in the US to see which one we’d like to move to in the future. Below is the list of the cities we’d like to visit and make […]

How I Talked Hubby Out Of Spending $400/year On Gym Membership

How I Talked Hubby Out Of Spending $400/year On Gym Membership

Before you read the post, I just want to clarify that I want Mr. FAF to be physically fit and healthy (being sexy doesn’t hurt either). I would never discourage him from working out or investing in his health, but it needs to be within […]

The Best Yard Sale/Spring Cleaning I’ve Ever Had

The Best Yard Sale/Spring Cleaning I’ve Ever Had

Who would have thought we could accumulate so much stuff over just 2.5 years of living in a house? That was my thought while decluttering our home this summer and preparing for the community yard sale. Mr. FAF and I are not the type to […]

How To Overcome Paranoia To Save Money

How To Overcome Paranoia To Save Money

I have a confession to make. I am a paranoid person, especially when it comes to safety. I don’t know if it’s because I’m obsessed with detective TV shows like Forensic Files or if I’m just chicken and not adventurous enough. But fear has prevented […]

My Top 5 Financial Pet Peeves

My Top 5 Financial Pet Peeves

All of us have some things that bother us from time to time whether it’s a surprise bank fee or morning traffic. I have 5 financial pet peeves that irk me to no end. Fortunately, those don’t happen often. But the amount of discomfort and […]

My Frustrating Experience 1st Time Booking On AirBnB

My Frustrating Experience 1st Time Booking On AirBnB

This post contains affiliate links.¬† AirBnB has become such a great side hustle and even a main source of income for many of us in the personal finance (PF) community. Many PF bloggers such has Lily at The Frugal Gene and Financial Panther are AirBnB¬†superhosts […]

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

After writing the What To Do When Your Spouse Wants To Travel Alone post, I got so many comments from you all saying that it’s normal for Mr. FAF to want to travel by himself. Some also expressed their confusion as to why I was […]