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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 […]

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 […]

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 I Am Willing To Spend $1,800/year On This Sport For My Kids

Why I Am Willing To Spend $1,800/year On This Sport For My Kids

We all know I am a frugal person who uses toilet paper as napkins and feels guilty for spending almost $500 on my blog (my hobby and a potential side hustle) over the past 1.5 years. I refused to spend $75/mo on yoga classes for […]

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. […]

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 […]

1.5 Year Blog Update: Blog Expenses/Revenue/Stats, Post Reserve, Tailwind & Future Plan

1.5 Year Blog Update: Blog Expenses/Revenue/Stats, Post Reserve, Tailwind & Future Plan

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog report. In fact, the last one was nine months ago in December 2017. Sometimes it’s still hard for me to believe that I’ve been blogging three times a week for the past 1.5 years. I went […]

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 […]

Can Frugality Turn You Into A Hermit?

Can Frugality Turn You Into A Hermit?

One of the fears about frugality I’ve heard frequently is that it might turn us into a hermit. According to Cambridge Dictionary, a hermit is “a person who lives alone and apart from society.” You don’t have to live on an isolated island or off […]