Finances

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 […]

Why I Am Willing To Spend $1,800/year On This Sport For My Kids

Why I Am Willing To Spend $1,800/year On This Sport For My Kids

We all know I am a frugal person who uses toilet paper as napkins and feels guilty for spending almost $500 on my blog (my hobby and a potential side hustle) over the past 1.5 years. I refused to spend $75/mo on yoga classes for […]

Update On Hubby’s Job Situation: Depression, Guilt, Self-doubt & Hope

Update On Hubby’s Job Situation: Depression, Guilt, Self-doubt & Hope

On October 3, I wrote a post about Mr. FAF’s recent job situation. At their weekly check-in meeting, Mr. FAF’s boss asked him to look for another team at his company. In other words, Mr. FAF’s boss didn’t want Mr. FAF to be a member […]

Facing The Layoff Fear: Hubby’s Confidence Hit A New Low

Facing The Layoff Fear: Hubby’s Confidence Hit A New Low

The news Yesterday morning, at about 10:30 AM, I was breastfeeding Baby F2 while watching a Vietnamese drama. Basically, I was enjoying life and killing time with a baby attached to me pretty much most of the day. Suddenly, I got a message from Mr. […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

When Impatience Costs You Money & Your Sanity

When Impatience Costs You Money & Your Sanity

Miscommunication This is a real conversation between Mr. FAF and me a while back: [Mr. FAF messaged me at work.] Mr. FAF: There’s an event this Saturday. Do you want to go? Me: What event? Mr. FAF: [His company’s name] Me: Really? What event? Mr. […]