List of Asian Personal Finance Bloggers – Part I

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When I started reading personal finance (PF) blogs, I was drawn into anything related to money savings that I could find. I got to know about a lot of bloggers and learned a ton from them.

However, at one point, I realized most of the bloggers I followed were not Asian. Although their tips, discussion, and meal plans were amazing, I felt like something was missing. I was yearning for something more familiar to me.

How can I pack a quick Asian lunch instead of peanut butter and jam sandwiches? How do I cook a frugal dinner with rice as the staple instead of pasta or potatoes?

I started Googling key words such as “frugal Asian” and “Asian finance” but didn’t find much. Most of the blogs that came up through those searches are no longer active.

If you ever wonder why my blog is called “Frugal Asian Finance,” it’s because (1) the title best reflects the content of the blog and (2) those are the key words I searched before.

After I started blogging, I have received so much feedback from you all. I usually click on different blogs out of curiosity and have discovered so many other fellow Asian PF bloggers.

I have compiled the following list (in alphabetical order) in case you want to read more about them.

Afford Anything by Paula Pant

Paula used to be a journalist. She lived below her means and made extra income with multiple side hustles. Paula then traveled all over the world for two years. When she came back to the US, Paula started building her real estate portfolio to gain financial independence from the 9-5 grind.

Paula used to publish her monthly rental income reports and offered great tips for small-scale landlords and real estate investors.

Financial Samurai by Sam

Sam had gotten an MBA and worked in the finance industry for 10 years before his net worth plummeted in 2009. Sam started his blog in the same year to help him and others understand the financial crisis and its consequences.

He’s one of the few bloggers I know of who have formal training in finance, and it definitely shows in this writing. Sam’s posts usually contain thorough analyses backed by extensive data. He writes about real estate, stocks and bonds, retirement, and various finance-related subjects.

Financially Alert by Michael

Michael is originally from Los Angeles. He retired in 2012 at the age of 36 and lives with his wife and son in the Bay area. He’s a stay-at-home dad, blogger, and investor.

Michael focuses on early retirement. He has all the impressive financial indicators that almost everyone wishes to have: a credit score of 834, a net worth of $1,762,368, 0 consumer debt, and 5 streams of income.

Frugal Asian Finance by Ms. FAF

This blog is by yours truly, Ms. FAF (aka me). I started the blog on March 21, 2017 to document my frugal journey with Mr. FAF and Baby FAF to a financially free future.

I grew up in a low-income family in Vietnam and have always been conscious about my spending habit. One key reason why I’m so frugal is because I want to be able to support myself and  my family financially and to prepare for any financial crisis that comes my way in the future.

Give Me Back My 5 Bucks by Krystal Yee

Krystal is a marketing professional based in Vancouver, Toronto. She is also a co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference.

Living Rich Cheaply by Andrew

Andrew works as an attorney and lives with his family in one of the most expensive cities in the world: New York City. I found Andrew’s blog after he left a great comment on mine. Like me, Andrew has always been frugal and does not have any consumer debt to pay off.

Millennial Money Diaries by Jing Pei

Jing is a software engineer in the Bay area. She earns a six-figure income but is conscious of her spending. Jing documents her daily expenses in her weekly money diary.

Millennial Personal Finance by David

I found David’s blog through his comment on another blog. An engineer by training, David is passionate about personal finance and writes about various money-saving tips on his site.

MoneyNing by David Ning

David used to be an IT manager and the top salesperson in the corporate world. David then left his job and has started several successful business ventures since.

Money We Have by Barry Choi

Barry is based in Toronto, Canada. He learned about investment the hard way. His financial advisor wasn’t straightforward about all the high management fees and deferred sales charges of the mutual funds in which he was advised to invest. Barry ended up firing the financial advisor and started to teach himself about personal finance.

If you love traveling, you might want to check out Barry’s blog since he offers frugal travel tips for world travelers.

Navigating Adulthood by Ying

Ying offers advice for millennials and recent college graduates to help ease their transition to adulthood. She also shares great tips on living happily on a budget.

Retireby40 by Joe Udo

Joe left his high-paying engineer job to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. His blog provides great advice on early retirement and retirement investment. The income he gets from his passive investment enables Joe to retire early and spend more time with his wife and kid.

Saving The Crumbs by Al and Deb

Al and Deb live in Tennessee. Despite never having a six-figure income, they have managed to save 50% or more of their gross income. They have an average monthly food budget of $48 and paid off their $185,000 house after two years of purchasing it.

Tawcan by Bob Lai

Bob is based in Vancouver, Canada. Frugality is what Bob observed from his parents and has adopted for his own lifestyle.

Through his own mistakes, Bob has drawn valuable lessons about investment, particularly dividend stock investing, that he generously offers to his readers.

The Frugal Gene by Lily He-Prudhomme

Lily is a 25-year-old millennial blogger based in Seattle, WA. Lily has a great sense of humor and is rocking it as an Airbnb superhost. Lily is on track to making over $50,000 on her Airbnb rental this year (2017). She also shares amazing tips on how to save and make money.

The Luxe Strategist

If you’re conscious about your spending yet still want to enjoy the best luxuries life has to offer, the The Luxe Strategist can give you great advice on how to do that. The Luxe Strategist lives in New York and is able to save 50% of her income while traveling the world and purchasing Proenza Schouler sweaters and $400 sneakers.

The Wallet Diet by Christine Nguyen

Christine is a freelancer based on Toronto, Canada. She paid off $35,000 in student loans and has traveled to 23 countries.

Tub Of Cash by Tim Kim

Based in Orange County, CA, Tim is a VP at a mid-sized company and a certified personal trainer together with many other job titles. Tim does monthly cash give-aways on a regular basis. The most recent one was $500, so head on over to his blog if you want to win some serious cash.

Wallet Hacks by Jim Wang

I learned about Jim through his podcast with Paula at Afford Anything where he talks about how he sold his Bargaineering blog for a seven-figure amount. In his Wallet Hacks blog, Jim offers an amazing how-to guide to save and make money.


I know there are many other amazing bloggers out there. But this list will do for now. I hope you found some blogs that you like. 🙂

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