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Considering A Career Change To Programming – How It All Happened

Considering A Career Change To Programming – How It All Happened

In my last post, I wrote about a potential layoff I was facing and the midlife crisis I suddenly found myself in. From the beginning of December 2018 to the end of January 2019 (practically two months), I was lost, scared, and distressed about not […]

My Time Has Come: Facing A Layoff – Lost, Scared & Self-pity

My Time Has Come: Facing A Layoff – Lost, Scared & Self-pity

On October 15, 2018, I wrote: “I am sure I will be in his shoe at one point in my career, and I will need his support as much as he needs mine at the moment.” I was talking about Mr. FAF’s fear of getting laid […]

Fighting About A $2 Trash Can – How Hubby & I Welcomed 2019

Fighting About A $2 Trash Can – How Hubby & I Welcomed 2019

After we paid off the mortgage in November 2018, Ikea became our new place to hang out on the weekends besides Home Depot and Costco. I know Ikea furniture is considered average for a lot of people. But when hubby and I were paying off […]

We Paid Off The Mortgage. What’s Next?

We Paid Off The Mortgage. What’s Next?

In November 2018, hubby and I finally paid off a six-figure mortgage to the lender a little less than three years after we purchased our first home. We still owe Mr. FAF’s side of the family $36,000, which will take us another six months or […]

How The Stock Market Plunge Has Affected Us – The Good, Bad & Ugly

How The Stock Market Plunge Has Affected Us – The Good, Bad & Ugly

It seems like wherever I turn these days I always get the same message: The stock market is doing down, really down. At first, I didn’t really pay much attention to it. After all, the experts say the market is correcting itself, and that things […]

Why I Gave My Sister $7,000 For Her Wedding

Why I Gave My Sister $7,000 For Her Wedding

As some of you might know, I have a younger sister, who is currently in Vietnam. The last time I mentioned her on my blog, she was considering going to Malaysia for a new career opportunity. As the story goes, she started dating someone, and […]

How We Paid Off Our Mortgage In Less Than 4 Years

How We Paid Off Our Mortgage In Less Than 4 Years

It’s official, guys. Mr. FAF and I have officially paid off our mortgage to the bank. In our plan, we would make the last payment to the bank in December 2018. Sometimes we seriously doubted if it would happen. We were determined but also nervous […]

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 […]