About

Welcome to Frugal Asian Finance!

I’m Ms. Frugal Asian Finance (Ms. FAF). I’m 30 years old. I was born and raised in a low-income family in Vietnam. I came to the US when I was 18 to attend college. I currently live and work in Washington DC.

I’m married to Mr. FAF. Mr. FAF was born and raised in China. He came to the US at the age of 29 to pursue a PhD in Computer Science.

Mr. FAF and I have been in a long-distance marriage for almost four years. While pursuing his doctoral degree, Mr. FAF lived in a city more than 10 hours away from DC. He recently finished his PhD and moved to Washington DC for good in late July. Mr. FAF now works as a Software Engineer in the DC area.

We have a two-year-old son, Baby FAF, who is half Chinese and half Vietnamese. I gave birth to Baby FAF when both Mr. FAF and I were two broke grad students barely getting by on our meager stipends.

When our son was one year old, my in-laws took him to China so that we could focus on our school and careers. It broke our hearts to be away from our son for one year, but we had no choice. I’m happy to announce that Baby FAF is now back with us in DC.

Why blogging?

I hesitated for 12 years before I started a blog that I eventually stick with. I launched Frugal Asian Finance with the hope that it will grow into a business one day. I have always wanted to run my own company. That desire has intensified over the past year. With a small budget, a passion for frugality, and an interest in writing, I decided to start a personal finance blog.

I have followed personal finance bloggers for the past two years. While reading their amazing posts, I unintentionally did market research for my own blog. I learned about their blogging styles and paid close attention to what I liked and disliked about certain blogs (i.e. layout, font, topics). Such knowledge has served as a strong foundation for my current blog: Frugal Asian Finance. You can start exploring it here.

On my blog, I share our frugal living experiences and tips in our journey to financial freedom. I cover the following topics:

1. Blogging 

Blogging tips

Blog traffic reports

2. Finances

Frugal Wins & Frugal Fails

Life in DC

— Saving money

3. Food

Food expense reports

Saving on food

Weight loss

4. Investments

Real estate

Retirement

5. Relationships

Family

Other relationships

If you have questions or want to connect, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me in the Contact page.

Podcast

Curious about what I sound like? Check out my interview on the Do You Even Blog podcast.

Social media

You can also follow me on social media:

Twitter: @Frugal_Asian

Pinterest: @frugalasianfinance

Facebook: frugalasianfinance

Instagram: frugal_asian