Life in DC

Review of My 2018 New Year Resolution: What I’ve Achieved & Failed

Review of My 2018 New Year Resolution: What I’ve Achieved & Failed

The holiday spirit is in the air, at the mall, at the grocery store, and in the decorations in my neighborhood. I can’t say I love the cold. But I like that while it’s so cold outside, all the holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas […]

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 […]

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. […]

I Got Duped – My 1st Job Offer Was A Scam

I Got Duped – My 1st Job Offer Was A Scam

Before moving to DC for a Master’s program, I had been in school most of my life (20 years) and had never held a full-time job. I finished high school, went to college for 4 years, enrolled in a PhD program for another 4 years, […]

7 Fun & Frugal Family Activities

7 Fun & Frugal Family Activities

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner! If you have a family, especially with kids, you might wonder what fun frugal activities you can do. I’m sure you have a lot of ideas you can share and have already implemented. Today, I […]

How To Socialize Frugally Through Meetup Groups

How To Socialize Frugally Through Meetup Groups

This post is not sponsored by Meetup. The opinions and experiences mentioned below are my own. I used to be really shy and introverted (and still am). I was nervous about meeting new people and didn’t have much to contribute to a conversation. I came […]

How Frugality Helps Me Work Better At My Job

How Frugality Helps Me Work Better At My Job

Whenever the holiday and vacation seasons roll around, my colleagues and I will be asked to request our days off months in advance. My answer is almost always the same: “I will be in town the whole time.” My colleagues then would complement me on […]

What To Do When You Are Tired Of Money & Life

What To Do When You Are Tired Of Money & Life

This story was written a month ago. I am writing this post while sitting at a Starbucks. You can call me cheap, but I went to a Starbucks at the mall and didn’t buy any coffee. There are other people sitting in this open space […]

6 Tips On How To Be Productive

6 Tips On How To Be Productive

After publishing the post about what my typical day looked like, I have gotten many comments on how productive I seemed to be. I have to admit that the schedule I described is somewhat ideal for me. My week days tend to be structured and […]