Author: Ms. FAF

The Pros & Cons Of Our Intercultural Marriage

The Pros & Cons Of Our Intercultural Marriage

As you can tell from the title, today I will talk about the pros and cons of my intercultural marriage to Mr. FAF. Intercultural marriage is defined in this post as a marriage between two people from two different cultures. I was born and raised […]

My Top 5 Financial Pet Peeves

My Top 5 Financial Pet Peeves

All of us have some things that bother us from time to time whether it’s a surprise bank fee or morning traffic. I have 5 financial pet peeves that irk me to no end. Fortunately, those don’t happen often. But the amount of discomfort and […]

My Frustrating Experience 1st Time Booking On AirBnB

My Frustrating Experience 1st Time Booking On AirBnB

This post contains affiliate links.¬† AirBnB has become such a great side hustle and even a main source of income for many of us in the personal finance (PF) community. Many PF bloggers such has Lily at The Frugal Gene and Financial Panther are AirBnB¬†superhosts […]

Time To Freak Out: My Mom Can’t Help Us With Our 2nd Baby

Time To Freak Out: My Mom Can’t Help Us With Our 2nd Baby

You read the title right. My mom is not coming to DC to help us with our second baby. Her US visa application was rejected. And the interviewer at the US consulate in Vietnam didn’t tell her why. Earlier this year, I announced our second […]

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

After writing the What To Do When Your Spouse Wants To Travel Alone post, I got so many comments from you all saying that it’s normal for Mr. FAF to want to travel by himself. Some also expressed their confusion as to why I was […]

Lending Money To Friends Can Ruin A Friendship. This Is My Story.

Lending Money To Friends Can Ruin A Friendship. This Is My Story.

Mr. FAF and I have lent money to our friends a couple of times. I know it’s not a good idea and can ruin a friendship. But when someone who has helped us so much is in difficulty, we just can’t say no to them, […]

Why I Don’t Pay For Yoga Classes

Why I Don’t Pay For Yoga Classes

About three weeks ago, I got a text message from a fellow pregno neighbor asking if I wanted to do prenatal yoga with her. Upon seeing it, I got super excited and responded yes right away. I knew that those yoga classes weren’t free. But […]

We Just Put $15,000 Towards Our Mortgage Principal. And This Is What Happened.

We Just Put $15,000 Towards Our Mortgage Principal. And This Is What Happened.

Whether to pay off the mortgage early is one of the most controversial topics in the personal finance community. Some bloggers, such as Mr. Money Mustard Seed and Our Next Life, have found great peace of mind and financial freedom from paying off the mortgage […]

10 Tips On How To Have A Happy, Frugal Pregnancy

10 Tips On How To Have A Happy, Frugal Pregnancy

Pregnancy can bring you and your family so many emotions and thoughts: happiness, stress, worries, elation, anxiety, etc. One thing that’s been on my frugal mind is how much my second pregnancy is going to cost us. When I was pregnant with Baby FAF, Mr. […]

What’s It Like Being Married To A Software Engineer?

What’s It Like Being Married To A Software Engineer?

We all love our spouses for who they are regardless of their job title (for the most part). However, if your spouse is in a certain profession, over time you might notice certain traits and behavior that are peculiar to their occupation. Mr. FAF and […]

How To Be Lazy, Frugal & Happy

How To Be Lazy, Frugal & Happy

The word “lazy” often gets a bad rap. It conjures up the image of someone who is “not willing or not wanting to work or use effort to do something,” according to Cambridge Dictionary. Hardly anyone wants to admit that they are lazy in one […]

How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

Our son just turned three years old. Time flies! I still remember the first night we brought him back from the hospital. It was 1 AM, and he was wide awake looking around the room, probably wondering where he was. Our son celebrated his first […]