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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 […]

5 Hidden Benefits Of The 9-5

5 Hidden Benefits Of The 9-5

Most bloggers in the personal finance community I’ve encountered don’t like their 9-5 and can’t wait to achieve financial independence (FI) to get out of that grind. The harsh feeling might stem from an incompetent/unfair boss, annoying co-workers or the pure nature of the work […]

Why We Feel Under Pressure To Buy Another House

Why We Feel Under Pressure To Buy Another House

Mr. FAF and I went on a Friday night date two weeks ago. We went grocery shopping and dropped by a Taiwanese cafe where Mr. FAF got a bento box for $10, and I got a green tea with boba for $4. (Baby FAF and […]

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 […]

Are House Repairs Bad For Marriage?

Are House Repairs Bad For Marriage?

Mr. FAF and I argue pretty much every time something needs to be repaired at our house. It’s hard to pinpoint the one reason that that’s the case. When Mr. FAF and I lived in different cities, I handled all of our hour repairs. After […]

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 Our Lives Have Changed After My Mother-in-law Left

How Our Lives Have Changed After My Mother-in-law Left

It’s official. My mother-in-law left (MIL) for China in early June after staying with us for a year. We are deeply grateful for all of her help. No one else (except for my mom) would do what she did for us. However, as I’m sure […]