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How We Got Our Green Cards & What That Means For Us!

How We Got Our Green Cards & What That Means For Us!

The title says it all. We got our green cards! We are now permanent residents of the US. As some of you may know, Mr. FAF and I came to the US on a student visa. After graduating from school, we found a full-time job […]

What Growing Up Poor Has Taught Me About Money And Relationships

What Growing Up Poor Has Taught Me About Money And Relationships

Growing up poor in a low-income family in Vietnam has had a tremendous impact on my personality and outlook on life. I remember those days when I succumbed to my insecurities in high school and kept wishing my parents were wealthy. I was sitting next […]

How Being Poor Helps Me Be Happier In Life

How Being Poor Helps Me Be Happier In Life

I have never met anyone who says they want to be poor. If anything, we all try our best to accumulate wealth and get out of the vicious cycle of poverty that can stifle our mind, emotions, and future. I grew up in a poor […]

18 Items to Buy for Your Baby for $500 Total

18 Items to Buy for Your Baby for $500 Total

As a frugal person/mom/wife, I always try to find free and low-cost yet quality items for my family to cut costs. It started out as a necessity since both Mr. FAF and I were two poor grad students when we had our firstborn. Mr. FAF […]

The Best of Frugal Asian Finance in 2018

The Best of Frugal Asian Finance in 2018

As 2018 is coming to an end, it is time for a roundup of the best posts of Frugal Asian Finance in 2018. The metric I use here is the number of page views. Each of the post below brings back memories and add to […]

The FAF Family’s 2019 New Year Resolution

The FAF Family’s 2019 New Year Resolution

As 2018 is quickly coming to an end, is time for a list of the FAF family’s 2019 New Year resolutions. You can read my review of our 2018 New Year resolutions here. I wasn’t going to publish this post at all. Up until last […]

How To Save Thousands of Dollars by Asking One Simple Question

How To Save Thousands of Dollars by Asking One Simple Question

When we think about saving money, we tend to think about frugality. We usually save money by refraining from buying things we don’t need. However, there’s a much easier way to save AND make money at the same time: by asking one simple question. And […]

How We Celebrated Our 5th Year Anniversary for $75

How We Celebrated Our 5th Year Anniversary for $75

It’s official. Mr. FAF and I have celebrated our 5th year anniversary this year. Our budget was $100, and we spent $75 in total (including tip) at a seafood restaurant called Hot N Juicy in Falls Church, Virginia. It sounds simple and happy enough. But […]

Review of My 2018 New Year Resolution: What I’ve Achieved & Failed

Review of My 2018 New Year Resolution: What I’ve Achieved & Failed

The holiday spirit is in the air, at the mall, at the grocery store, and in the decorations in my neighborhood. I can’t say I love the cold. But I like that while it’s so cold outside, all the holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas […]

Would You Have Dated Your Partner If They Made $500,000/year?

Would You Have Dated Your Partner If They Made $500,000/year?

The other night I woke up at 2 AM to do the usual breastfeeding for our baby, who then decided to not fall back to sleep and stay up until 4 AM. Usually during that late night staying up with the baby, I’ll check the […]

8 Things Hubby & I Have Fought About: Money, Intimacy, Careers, etc.

8 Things Hubby & I Have Fought About: Money, Intimacy, Careers, etc.

One thing Mr. FAF and I have been discussing lately is how we want to celebrate our 5th year anniversary, which is coming up in less than a month. Our tradition over the past year has been going to a steak house that’s close to […]

5 Things I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving 2018

5 Things I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving 2018

It started to get cold in DC a week ago. When hubby and I went to Costco, we already saw Halloween and Christmas decorations on sale. That’s a clear sign that the holiday season is here! First comes Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New […]