Family

The Pros & Cons Of Living With In-laws

The Pros & Cons Of Living With In-laws

If you are Asian, you probably are not surprised that many young couples live with their parents even after they get married. It happens a lot in Asia and still does in America. I have Asian American friends who have lived and are planning to […]

What Growing Up Poor Has Taught Me About Money And Relationships

What Growing Up Poor Has Taught Me About Money And Relationships

Growing up poor in a low-income family in Vietnam has had a tremendous impact on my personality and outlook on life. I remember those days when I succumbed to my insecurities in high school and kept wishing my parents were wealthy. I was sitting next […]

How Programming Has Changed My Marriage: The Good, Bad & Ugly

How Programming Has Changed My Marriage: The Good, Bad & Ugly

It’s been almost 5 months since I first discovered the world of computer programming. I can only describe those 5 months with two words: Time flies! It started with me forcing myself to learn Python to get a new job and progressed to me marveling […]

Fighting About A $2 Trash Can – How Hubby & I Welcomed 2019

Fighting About A $2 Trash Can – How Hubby & I Welcomed 2019

After we paid off the mortgage in November 2018, Ikea became our new place to hang out on the weekends besides Home Depot and Costco. I know Ikea furniture is considered average for a lot of people. But when hubby and I were paying off […]

How We Celebrated Our 5th Year Anniversary for $75

How We Celebrated Our 5th Year Anniversary for $75

It’s official. Mr. FAF and I have celebrated our 5th year anniversary this year. Our budget was $100, and we spent $75 in total (including tip) at a seafood restaurant called Hot N Juicy in Falls Church, Virginia. It sounds simple and happy enough. But […]

8 Things Hubby & I Have Fought About: Money, Intimacy, Careers, etc.

8 Things Hubby & I Have Fought About: Money, Intimacy, Careers, etc.

One thing Mr. FAF and I have been discussing lately is how we want to celebrate our 5th year anniversary, which is coming up in less than a month. Our tradition over the past year has been going to a steak house that’s close to […]

Life With 2 Kids & Living With The FIL: An Update From Our Family

Life With 2 Kids & Living With The FIL: An Update From Our Family

It’s been almost two months since I announced the birth of our baby girl. As I am typing this post, she’s sleeping in a vibrating bouncy chair right next to me. The weather in DC is getting colder to prepare for the winter and the […]

Why My FIL Is Coming To Help Us With Our 2nd Baby – Our Fight & Career Opportunity

Why My FIL Is Coming To Help Us With Our 2nd Baby – Our Fight & Career Opportunity

As I am typing this post, my father-in-law (FIL) is preparing to get on a plane to fly from China to the US to help us with our baby. Mr. FAF and his dad made the decision just a week ago, and now our plans […]

How We Keep Our Monthly Expenses At $2,200 With A New Baby (sans Mortgage & Daycare)

How We Keep Our Monthly Expenses At $2,200 With A New Baby (sans Mortgage & Daycare)

Before our second baby’s arrival, Mr. FAF and I prepared ourselves mentally and financially for big expenses whether it’s a medical bill, Chinese take-out, or baby-related items. Although we wanted to save money, we also understood that our spending might go through the roof, at […]

Getting A Taste Of FIRE – Being On Maternity Leave

Getting A Taste Of FIRE – Being On Maternity Leave

I am writing this post after staying at home with my baby on maternity leave for three weeks. It makes me feel like I’m already retired early and financial independent (FIRE), at least for the time being. I don’t have to go to work, which […]

How 2 Frugal Parents Take Care Of A Newborn & A Toddler

How 2 Frugal Parents Take Care Of A Newborn & A Toddler

When Mr. FAF and I found out that my mom couldn’t come to DC to help us with our second baby, we freaked out. Big time. We still remembered those sleepless nights when our son was born 3.5 years ago. We were sleep-deprived and exhausted, […]

Announcing The Birth Of Our 2nd Baby – How It All Happened

Announcing The Birth Of Our 2nd Baby – How It All Happened

Mr. FAF and I are very happy to announce the birth of our daughter – Baby F2. She was born one week early. Both mommy and baby are doing well. Now that the frenzy of having a new baby is finally slowing down, I want […]