Saving Money

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: — […]

How We Saved $1,753 on Engagement and Wedding Rings

How We Saved $1,753 on Engagement and Wedding Rings

Despite our differences, I’m generally happy with my marriage to Mr. FAF. He’s a good husband, father, and friend. The one thing that keeps bothering me about our marriage is the $2,350 engagement ring Mr. FAF got me. I know the unspoken rule in the dating/marriage […]

3 Things We Fail to Do to Save Money

3 Things We Fail to Do to Save Money

Mr. FAF and I are a frugal couple. We try to save money in every possible way we can from bringing food while traveling, keeping a low grocery budget, to wearing free clothes. However, there are three major things we fail to do to increase our […]