Saving Money

7 House Rules That Can Save Us $7,000/Year

7 House Rules That Can Save Us $7,000/Year

Whether you’re renting or owning a piece of property, you might have rules for guests and even members in your family. Before and after getting married, I have lived with almost 20 roommates (all females), most of whom I got along with pretty well. We […]

My Review of Instant Pot – Why It Didn’t Work For Us

My Review of Instant Pot – Why It Didn’t Work For Us

A state of emergency About this time a year ago, our Aroma rice cooker suddenly stopped working. For others, it might not me a big deal. But for Mr. FAF and me who eat rice at least twice a day every day, it was declared […]

10 Expensive Things Worth Buying

10 Expensive Things Worth Buying

Frugality has become part of my lifestyle and identity. I try to make and save money in every way I can. I think about how to cut costs and invest for the future every day. When I go shopping, I usually choose inexpensive items without […]

6 Things Americans Do That I Don’t Get

6 Things Americans Do That I Don’t Get

I was born and raised in Asia and came to America at the age of 18 for college. I have been living in the US for 12 years. Although it’s almost half of my lifetime, it’s definitely not long enough for me to absorb and […]

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 […]

18 Items to Buy for Your Baby for $500 Total

18 Items to Buy for Your Baby 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]