Finances

How We Are Impacted by Big Tech LayOffs (As Software Engineers)

How We Are Impacted by Big Tech LayOffs (As Software Engineers)

It seems to me that just a couple of months ago, the tech industry was booming during the pandemic. Hiring sprees with generous sign-on bonuses and big pay happened everywhere. As software engineers, Mr. FAF and I were constantly contacted by tech recruiters on LinkedIn […]

How We Go Out to Watch Movies For Free Every Friday Night

How We Go Out to Watch Movies For Free Every Friday Night

After our family moved to the west coast (Seattle area), we have adopted a new family activity: going to the movies every Friday. At the movie theater near us, the ticket price is $14 for adults and $11 for kids. We are a family of […]

Life Update – How We Moved From DC to Seattle: Relocation Packages, Costs, Mistakes

Life Update – How We Moved From DC to Seattle: Relocation Packages, Costs, Mistakes

After more than two years of planning due to Covid, we have finally moved to the West Coast. We don’t exactly live in Seattle proper. But I will just refer to our location as Seattle for ease of recognition and for privacy. I know I […]

10 Side Hustles To Make You Thousands Of Dollars During Quarantine

10 Side Hustles To Make You Thousands Of Dollars During Quarantine

Due to Covid and the quarantine, we are spending more time at home whether because of a job loss or for safety. While staying at home might get boring or even stressful, we can try to take advantage of this time to increase our income […]

How We Went From Making $40,000 to More Than $500,000 A Year

How We Went From Making $40,000 to More Than $500,000 A Year

About 6.5 years ago, Mr. FAF and I were pulling in about $40,000/year in household income as two graduate students. We got our income from the school in the form of stipend. Mr. FAF was doing a PhD in Computer Science, and I was pursuing […]

Why I Haven’t Blogged A Lot Lately & What We’ve Been Up To

Why I Haven’t Blogged A Lot Lately & What We’ve Been Up To

It’s been eight months since I wrote the post “How to De-stress During Quarantine: Finding Joy in Frugality” Back then, I wrote about my burnout at work as a new software engineer who had just transitioned from nonprofit to tech. I tried different things to […]

How to Upgrade Your Home in 5 Steps

How to Upgrade Your Home in 5 Steps

Are you looking into some home upgrades? Consider these 5 steps towards a better, more sustainable home that will look beautiful while also being a more environmentally friendly place to live: Change your doors Your heat could be getting out the door in the winter, […]

How to Start Training for a Marathon

How to Start Training for a Marathon

If you’ve been running for a while, it may be the moment when you decide it’s time to train for a marathon. Most runners have a marathon in their sights as something they want to achieve at some point. If you’re new to the world […]

Chase Total Checking Account Bonus – The Best Savings Account for New Business

Chase Total Checking Account Bonus – The Best Savings Account for New Business

Chase Total Checking is basically the bank’s beginner checking account which provides basic monetary value with no other special perks. But for those who want a little extra value, they can earn a $ 225 checking bonus once they open a new Chase Total Checking […]

7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home For the Fall Season

7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home For the Fall Season

Spring cleaning is a chore that few people look forward to. From moving furniture and finally cleaning under these pieces to dusting the shelves and organizing the top of the fridge, these aren’t fun tasks to check off. However, for many of us, the opposite […]

4 Tips to Keep a House Clean and Tidy

4 Tips to Keep a House Clean and Tidy

Maintaining a clean and organized household is all about the ongoing work you put into addressing clutter before it gets out of control. You may not realize it, but every time you neglect to put one or two things away, eventually, the items left unaddressed […]

How to Protect Yourself From Reverse Mortgage Scammers

How to Protect Yourself From Reverse Mortgage Scammers

Scammers who are on the prowl for seniors’ hard-earned wealth, could be behind reverse mortgage transactions. It’s a bad idea to use a loan from a reverse mortgage to buy another financial Instrument. Be wary of anyone who wants you to take out such a […]