Finances

Is My Husband Frugal Or Cheap? I Can’t Decide.

Is My Husband Frugal Or Cheap? I Can’t Decide.

Mr. FAF and I have been planning one of the most important trips of our life for the past few months. We have been talking about it with joy, excitement, and pride. The trip will be important for a couple of reasons. First, it will […]

How The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Affects My Budget

How The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Affects My Budget

You might not want to read this post if you’re eating or drinking something. I have lived with the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for more than ten years. It’s a common digestive disorder that causes gas, cramping, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. About 20% (15.3 […]

“If It’s Yellow, Let It Mellow” – Is It Worth It?

“If It’s Yellow, Let It Mellow” – Is It Worth It?

You might not want to read this post if you’re eating or drinking something. When I was growing up, my parents strictly stuck with the “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” principle. Even now when they’re financially stable, this principle still rules. After Mr. FAF […]

How To Have A Cheap & Happy Halloween

How To Have A Cheap & Happy Halloween

Our family went for our Friday night walk at Target last weekend. Once we entered the store, I just couldn’t help but notice all the Halloween decorations displayed at the front. I started to feel really warm and fuzzy inside. College Growing up in Vietnam, […]

The Life Of A Poor PhD Student

The Life Of A Poor PhD Student

If you follow my blog, you might already know that Mr. FAF completed his PhD degree this past summer and has officially become Dr. FAF. However, there’s one thing you might not know about me. Besides ‘Ms. FAF’ I also have another title: a PhD […]

The Glorious Life Of A Personal Finance Blogger

The Glorious Life Of A Personal Finance Blogger

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about what my typical day looked like when I was living by myself in DC. After Mr. FAF got his degree and Baby FAF came back from China, my schedule has changed quite a bit. Some […]

The Pros and Cons of Living in An Expensive City

The Pros and Cons of Living in An Expensive City

Mr. FAF and I bought our first home in the DC metro area in 2016, but I have lived in the city for almost four years. While I love Washington DC for all the unique perks it offers, the city is not perfect. If you […]

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Wear Makeup (Money Is Only One Reason)

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Wear Makeup (Money Is Only One Reason)

I don’t wear makeup, and I don’t have a makeup kit. The second and last makeup kit I bought was at an airport in Japan in 2009. I got it for about $100. It included an eyeliner, some lipstick, and other basic cosmetic items any […]

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 […]