Finances

6 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Sep 20

6 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Sep 20

Can you believe we have roughly three more months until the end of 2017? I am not ready to get older, but I am excited about all the holidays that are coming up: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. I didn’t grow up celebrating most […]

My Angry Purchase – A $1,000 Samsung Laptop

My Angry Purchase – A $1,000 Samsung Laptop

It was almost midnight, and I was trying to upload the images of my new post onto Instagram and Pinterest using my 5-year-old Toshiba. Whenever I opened a browser, I would need to wait for at least 1-2 minute for the page to load. I […]

5 Things We Refuse To Do To Save Money

5 Things We Refuse To Do To Save Money

Being a frugal person and growing up in a low-income  family, I’ve done and seen my family do all sorts of things to save money. It ranges from cutting up the toothpaste tube to salvage 2-3 days worth of toothpaste to “if it’s yellow, let […]

When Frugality Goes Wrong

When Frugality Goes Wrong

If you landed on my blog and are reading this post, you might have some sort of interest in being frugal. As for me, I just love frugality. Frugality has brought Mr. FAF and me together as a couple, allowed me to save for a […]

3 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Aug 23

3 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – Aug 23

It’s been a month and a half since I published my last frugal wins and frugal fails post on June 23. I originally wanted to have a new post for this series once every two weeks. But I realized many of the frugal wins and […]

How To Save on Rent in Washington DC

How To Save on Rent in Washington DC

I moved to Washington DC almost four years ago for grad school and have been living in the area since. Before moving to the city, I had done some research on the cost of living in DC and worked like crazy to save up. But […]

How To Save On Furniture

How To Save On Furniture

Frugality enables Mr. FAF and me to simplify our priorities. Buying expensive furniture to adorn our house to the max is just not one of them. I am not a minimalist, and neither is Mr. FAF. We keep what we need and will need in the […]

How To Save Money With Substitutes

How To Save Money With Substitutes

Have you ever wanted something so badly but balked at its price tag? I have. Many times in fact. When I face a dilemma where I really want something but don’t want to spend money on it, I have two options: 1. Practice self-control and […]

How to Save on Transportation in Washington DC

How to Save on Transportation in Washington DC

If you’re planning to visit or work in Washington DC, you’ve probably thought about transportation. DC is known for its sprawling public transit system that can take you almost anywhere in the DC metro area. However, while public transit is cheaper than driving elsewhere in […]

Why I Hold On To My Broken Laptop

Why I Hold On To My Broken Laptop

As a frugal person, I try not to spend money on something I don’t need. That also means I want to make the most out of everything that I have, including my aging laptop. I bought my Toshiba laptop back in May 2012. I can’t […]

Our Pledge For The Million Dollar Club

Our Pledge For The Million Dollar Club

I am writing a pledge to join the Million Dollar Club founded by J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy. What’s it like to be a millionaire? Prior to reading about personal finance a couple of years ago, I had the following (mis)conception of millionaires: — […]

5 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – June 23

5 Frugal Wins & 2 Frugal Fails – June 23

I am so excited summer is finally here in DC. In my mind, summer means picnics, potlucks, ice-cream cones, community activities, and FUN! It was still freezing cold in the city just 2-3 weeks ago. Now the sun is scorching hot in the 95 degree […]