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How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

Our son just turned three years old. Time flies! I still remember the first night we brought him back from the hospital. It was 1 AM, and he was wide awake looking around the room, probably wondering where he was. Our son celebrated his first […]

The Financial Implications of Having A Baby While In Grad School

The Financial Implications of Having A Baby While In Grad School

When I announced my second pregnancy and our five financial plans earlier this year, I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback from you all. Many of you complimented us on our careful planning for the second baby and said that we would be great parents. […]

Do You Trust Your Spouse 100% With Money & Other Aspects In Life? I Don’t.

Do You Trust Your Spouse 100% With Money & Other Aspects In Life? I Don’t.

The title of this post might seem shocking to you. But I just couldn’t find any more fitting title to summarize the main idea of this post. And most importantly, the title truly reflects what I think about my husband: Mr. FAF. You might be […]

The Benefits & Challenges Of Raising Multilingual Children

The Benefits & Challenges Of Raising Multilingual Children

Whenever I tell my friends and colleagues that I am Vietnamese while Mr. FAF is Chinese, I always get the same question from them: “What languages will you teach your kids?” I always give them the most ideal answer: all three languages (English, Chinese Mandarin, […]

Our 7 Expectations For Our Son

Our 7 Expectations For Our Son

When someone asks me what I want our son to be in the future, I always tell them one thing and one thing only: I want him to be happy. Me I grew up with lots of pressure from my parents, which caused me to […]

Why Debt Made Us Decide To Hold Off on Kids

Why Debt Made Us Decide To Hold Off on Kids

Today we have a post by Dan, a personal finance blogger, who’s married to June, co-blogger & wife, over at dinks.co Like many married couples, both my spouse and I are thinking about having kids. Yet we have something else in common with other younger […]

Did You Win The Husband Lottery?

Did You Win The Husband Lottery?

One of my friends married one of the most popular guys in our high school a couple of years ago. He was the whole package. He was tall and good-looking. He even competed for the Mr. title at our high school (a male version of […]

What To Do When Your Spouse Wants To Travel Alone

What To Do When Your Spouse Wants To Travel Alone

Mr. FAF shouted out to me in excitement from his study room: “I got invited to a wedding!” He didn’t even wait for me to come see him. He rushed to the master bedroom where I was with a bright smile on his face. His […]

How Much Can A Broken Heart Cost You?

How Much Can A Broken Heart Cost You?

Whenever I look at my son, Baby FAF, and watch him grow into a bigger boy, I feel a sense of happiness and worry. I’m happy because our little baby learns new things every day and shows us the joy of being parents. I’m worried […]

Our Big Announcement & 5 Future Financial Plans

Our Big Announcement & 5 Future Financial Plans

Discovery It was Friday, December 29, 2017. I just published a post called “Musings on 2017 – Marriage, Kids & Money” in the morning. In that article, I mentioned that Mr. FAF and I had thought about having a second baby, but that nothing had […]

Why Being Chinese is Financially Advantageous

Why Being Chinese is Financially Advantageous

The following is a guest post by Financial Orchid hailing from the west coast. Her family immigrated to North America when she was a baby, but her Chinese identity is still very important to her. On her spare time, she enjoys sharing financial optimization ideas, […]

Our Frugal Valentine’s Day Celebration

Our Frugal Valentine’s Day Celebration

A romantic dinner Imagine this. Two candles light up a table with two wine glasses, a vase of red roses, a delicious-looking dinner (ideally beef steak) with love songs playing in the background. Mr. FAF and I sit down at the table, gaze into each […]