Month: September 2018

Getting A Taste Of FIRE – Being On Maternity Leave

Getting A Taste Of FIRE – Being On Maternity Leave

I am writing this post after staying at home with my baby on maternity leave for three weeks. It makes me feel like I’m already retired early and financial independent (FIRE), at least for the time being. I don’t have to go to work, which […]

Can Frugality Turn You Into A Hermit?

Can Frugality Turn You Into A Hermit?

One of the fears about frugality I’ve heard frequently is that it might turn us into a hermit. According to Cambridge Dictionary, a hermit is “a person who lives alone and apart from society.” You don’t have to live on an isolated island or off […]

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 […]

How 2 Frugal Parents Take Care Of A Newborn & A Toddler

How 2 Frugal Parents Take Care Of A Newborn & A Toddler

When Mr. FAF and I found out that my mom couldn’t come to DC to help us with our second baby, we freaked out. Big time. We still remembered those sleepless nights when our son was born 3.5 years ago. We were sleep-deprived and exhausted, […]

5 Reasons Why I Love Amazon Prime

5 Reasons Why I Love Amazon Prime

One thing you might now know about the FAF household is that we are Amazon aficionados. Both Mr. FAF and I think that Amazon Prime is one of the best things that have ever been invented. Ever since we started dating, Amazon has always joined […]

6 Ways Risk Intolerance Can Make Or Break You

6 Ways Risk Intolerance Can Make Or Break You

When Joe at Retire By 40 published his great post “Is Your Risk Tolerance Too High?“, it got me thinking about how my risk tolerance has affected my decisions in life. On a scale from 0 to 10 (0 – lowest and 10 – highest), […]

Announcing The Birth Of Our 2nd Baby – How It All Happened

Announcing The Birth Of Our 2nd Baby – How It All Happened

Mr. FAF and I are very happy to announce the birth of our daughter – Baby F2. She was born one week early. Both mommy and baby are doing well. Now that the frenzy of having a new baby is finally slowing down, I want […]

When You Let Insecurity Dominate Your Life

When You Let Insecurity Dominate Your Life

Have you ever been in a conversation where you wonder why someone talks about a certain topic so much? It doesn’t matter what it is. The person you’re talking to just keeps going on and on about how wealthy, smart, influential, well networked or attractive […]

That Time We Wished We Had $150,000

That Time We Wished We Had $150,000

I recently wrote a post about why we felt under pressure to buy another house in Northern Virginia by early 2020. The main reason? The Metro Silver Line will be completed at that time. And since Amazon has two huge buildings within 2 miles from […]

10 Unhealthy Ways To Save Money

10 Unhealthy Ways To Save Money

Saving money is what Mr. FAF and I do on a daily basis. We believe in the value of frugality and try our best to embrace this concept in our lives. Some of our frugal habits are simple such as turning off the lights when […]