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When You Let Insecurity Dominate Your Life

When You Let Insecurity Dominate Your Life

Have you ever been in a conversation where you wonder why someone talks about a certain topic so much? It doesn’t matter what it is. The person you’re talking to just keeps going on and on about how wealthy, smart, influential, well networked or attractive […]

That Time We Wished We Had $150,000

That Time We Wished We Had $150,000

I recently wrote a post about why we felt under pressure to buy another house in Northern Virginia by early 2020. The main reason? The Metro Silver Line will be completed at that time. And since Amazon has two huge buildings within 2 miles from […]

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 […]

The Beauty Of Leftovers

The Beauty Of Leftovers

Mr. FAF told me that he was surprised that I boxed the leftovers to bring home the first time we ate together (as friends) at a restaurant. But from that point on, Mr. FAF realized that he too could eat leftovers and not throw them […]

Why We Are Thinking About Retiring On A Homestead

Why We Are Thinking About Retiring On A Homestead

Finally a (small) garden We have an exciting update for you guys. We’re growing a garden! I know many of the personal finance bloggers like Mr. Tako and Tawcan have a bountiful garden that not only helps them cut costs in grocery expenses but also […]

Musings on Crazy Rich Asians Movie/Book

Musings on Crazy Rich Asians Movie/Book

There has been such a hype about a movie/book called “Crazy Rich Asians” that I can’t help but noticing. This is one of the rare Hollywood movies with all Asian actors, something only The Joy Luck Club movie had 25 years ago. The movie and […]

Is It A Mistake To Get Married?

Is It A Mistake To Get Married?

This post was written a couple of months ago when I started having doubts about my own marriage as I mentioned in the posts below. Since then, things have improved a lot between Mr. FAF and me, mostly due to our open communication and efforts […]

When Impatience Costs You Money & Your Sanity

When Impatience Costs You Money & Your Sanity

Miscommunication This is a real conversation between Mr. FAF and me a while back: [Mr. FAF messaged me at work.] Mr. FAF: There’s an event this Saturday. Do you want to go? Me: What event? Mr. FAF: [His company’s name] Me: Really? What event? Mr. […]

5 Investment Tips That Drive Me Crazy

5 Investment Tips That Drive Me Crazy

I love to get constructive advice from other people, especially if it’s about topics I am not familiar with. However, over the years, I have seen suggestions on investment that I don’t fully understand or am not convinced by. I am writing this article not […]

Money & The Self-imposed Resentment

Money & The Self-imposed Resentment

Mr. FAF and I have a generally happy marriage. I said “generally” because we do face problems in our marriage. Sometimes it takes only a brief conversation to address the issue at hand. Sometimes our conflict resurfaces multiple times until it’s resolved with a huge […]

Why I Said No To A Baby Shower & What I’d Rather Have Instead

Why I Said No To A Baby Shower & What I’d Rather Have Instead

As my baby bumps is getting bigger and the due date is just around the corner, some of my colleagues have told me that they wanted to throw me a baby shower. Those are the colleagues that I work closely with or talk to on […]

What Hubby & I Plan To Do When Reaching FIRE

What Hubby & I Plan To Do When Reaching FIRE

When Mr. FAF was still in school, our biggest hope and goal back then was for him to get a full-time job with benefits. After Mr. FAF started working, I have found ourselves talking about early retirement more often. We like our current jobs and […]