Finances

18 New Amazon Baby Items for Our Baby During Her 1st Year (for $500 Total)

18 New Amazon Baby Items for Our Baby During Her 1st Year (for $500 Total)

As a frugal person/mom/wife, I always try to find free and low-cost yet quality items for my family to cut costs. It started out as a necessity since both Mr. FAF and I were two poor grad students when we had our firstborn. Mr. FAF […]

How Programming Has Changed My Marriage: The Good, Bad & Ugly

How Programming Has Changed My Marriage: The Good, Bad & Ugly

It’s been almost 5 months since I first discovered the world of computer programming. I can only describe those 5 months with two words: Time flies! It started with me forcing myself to learn Python to get a new job and progressed to me marveling […]

Why We Decided To Cancel Our Trip To Austin This Summer & What We Plan To Do Instead

Why We Decided To Cancel Our Trip To Austin This Summer & What We Plan To Do Instead

Summer is finally here! I am so excited about all the fun summer activities, especially picnics, pool parties, and potlucks, most of which have to do with eating (hehe). Mr. FAF and I have also talking about going to Austin, Texas this summer. This is […]

Life Update: My Current Job & Learning A New Skill

Life Update: My Current Job & Learning A New Skill

I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since I published my last post about changing careers. You might be wondering what’s happened since. In this post, I’ll give you a quick update about my jobs, my new adventure, and our lives in general. 1. […]

Considering A Career Change To Programming – How It All Happened

Considering A Career Change To Programming – How It All Happened

In my last post, I wrote about a potential layoff I was facing and the midlife crisis I suddenly found myself in. From the beginning of December 2018 to the end of January 2019 (practically two months), I was lost, scared, and distressed about not […]

My Time Has Come: Facing A Layoff – Lost, Scared & Self-pity

My Time Has Come: Facing A Layoff – Lost, Scared & Self-pity

On October 15, 2018, I wrote: “I am sure I will be in his shoe at one point in my career, and I will need his support as much as he needs mine at the moment.” I was talking about Mr. FAF’s fear of getting laid […]

The FAF Family’s 2019 New Year Resolution

The FAF Family’s 2019 New Year Resolution

As 2018 is quickly coming to an end, is time for a list of the FAF family’s 2019 New Year resolutions. You can read my review of our 2018 New Year resolutions here. I wasn’t going to publish this post at all. Up until last […]

How To Save Thousands of Dollars by Asking One Simple Question

How To Save Thousands of Dollars by Asking One Simple Question

When we think about saving money, we tend to think about frugality. We usually save money by refraining from buying things we don’t need. However, there’s a much easier way to save AND make money at the same time: by asking one simple question. And […]

Review of My 2018 New Year Resolution: What I’ve Achieved & Failed

Review of My 2018 New Year Resolution: What I’ve Achieved & Failed

The holiday spirit is in the air, at the mall, at the grocery store, and in the decorations in my neighborhood. I can’t say I love the cold. But I like that while it’s so cold outside, all the holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas […]

Amazon Is Coming To Crystal City, VA. How Does That Affect Our Financial Plans?

Amazon Is Coming To Crystal City, VA. How Does That Affect Our Financial Plans?

If you haven’t heard already, Amazon is opening half of its second headquarters (HQ2) in Crystal City, VA. In a previous post on July 16, I discussed how Mr. FAF and I went house-hunting in Northern Virginia because Mr. FAF heard a rumor that Amazon […]

5 Things I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving 2018

5 Things I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving 2018

It started to get cold in DC a week ago. When hubby and I went to Costco, we already saw Halloween and Christmas decorations on sale. That’s a clear sign that the holiday season is here! First comes Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New […]

4 Things I’d Regret Not Doing If I Were To Die Tomorrow

4 Things I’d Regret Not Doing If I Were To Die Tomorrow

Mr. FAF looked down at the floor. His eyes were reflecting an undeniable sense of despondency. I can always tell when he’s unhappy or stressed about something. And I always ask him what’s on his mind, otherwise he won’t tell me until much later, if […]