Month: March 2017

Retirement Investment for Newbies

Retirement Investment for Newbies

I just realized today that I have a retirement account fully invested in a mutual fund with Vanguard. I contributed nothing to this account, didn’t monitor it, didn’t know the rate of return or what it consisted of, or that it even existed until today. […]

How To Deal with Roommates Who Have Mental Illness

How To Deal with Roommates Who Have Mental Illness

I’ve always lived with other people (aka roommates) in order to save money. For me, it was a must rather than a choice. I’d love to live alone in a studio or a one-bedroom apartment, but my bank account didn’t like that idea. For the […]

How To Navigate the DC Metro Housing Market

How To Navigate the DC Metro Housing Market

When Mr. FAF and I were looking to buy a house, we did a lot of research on the Washington DC metro area. We were young and wanted to locate to a big city with a lot of job opportunity. DC is THE place to go […]

Saving on Selling Agent Commission: 3% v. 1.5%

Saving on Selling Agent Commission: 3% v. 1.5%

This post doesn’t contain affiliate links and is not sponsored by any companies mentioned below. Mr. FAF and I love our house and want to keep it long-term as an investment. But we have also thought about selling it at one point and move to another […]

7 Lessons From Our 1st Realtor Experience

7 Lessons From Our 1st Realtor Experience

Mr. FAF and I decided to look into buying our first home in the summer of 2015. At first we just wanted to look at houses and weren’t sure if we wanted to invest our savings into such a big purchase. We didn’t tell a […]

How We Save on Mr. FAF’s Clothes

How We Save on Mr. FAF’s Clothes

Mr. FAF and I normally don’t shop for clothes at thrift stores. It doesn’t mean that we’re not price conscious. We usually look for sales and balk at high prices. Although our family was not well-off, we usually just wore hand-me-down clothes from the people […]

10 Free & Cheap Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

10 Free & Cheap Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

Approaching the age of 30 is scary for a lot of women, including myself. I see my youth fading away every single day. I’m glad I’m happily married, so I don’t need to worry about the pestering from my family or whether I can find […]

How We Go On Happy Frugal Dates

How We Go On Happy Frugal Dates

Mr. FAF is not the romantic type. It is extremely rare that he buys me any flowers or expensive gives (or any gifts at all). Of the five love languages (1. gift giving, 2. quality time, 3. words of affirmation, 4. acts of service (devotion), […]

My Small Celebration of Mr. FAF’s New Job

My Small Celebration of Mr. FAF’s New Job

Mr. FAF got a new job a while back. It was a happy day for both of us.  If you follow my blog, you’ll know Mr. FAF and I currently don’t live in the same city. To celebrate the good news, I decided to go […]

4 Reasons Why We Are Frugal

4 Reasons Why We Are Frugal

With a passion for frugality, I have read multiple blogs and listened to multiple podcasts about personal finance. It’s interesting how some people are just naturally frugal and others aren’t. Or are they? Is frugality an innate ability? Below are the four reasons why Mr. FAF […]

Our Frugal Asian Dessert

Our Frugal Asian Dessert

When I first came to America, I was overwhelmed with the wide variety of desserts people eat after a meal: muffins, cake, cookies, cupcakes with a ton of beautiful yet super sweet icing, etc. I’ve been in America almost 12 years, but I just can’t bring […]

The Pros & Cons Of Living In A Tiny House

The Pros & Cons Of Living In A Tiny House

I recently came across three Youtube channels that talk about the new Tiny House Movement and mobile life: Kirsten Dirksen, Tiny House Listings, and Exploring Alternatives. The essence of these videos boils down to three factors: — Avoiding mortgage/debt — Minimalism — Traveling After watching almost 100 […]