What Is this Blog About?
Where did the name “The Give and Get” come from?
My parents were frugal immigrants, they were not cheap. Asian people are very generous with their families so my mom never understood cheap people. As my mom put it, “you have to give to get!” You have to give of yourself to get friends. You have to give of your money to get results. You have to be a generous giver in order to get anything good in life. I don’t mean this to sound like the prosperity gospel – nothing is guaranteed no matter what you give. But I believe that proper money management is not about withholding or hoarding money. Money is a tool that needs to be used. Good personal finance is about figuring the best way to give your money (spend, donate) in order to get something much better, whether it be time, freedom, meaning or a better world.
Here are some of my favorite articles:
Why the Poor have Nicer iPhones than You
The Weird and Easy Hack I use to Make Failing Fun
On Minimalism and Remembering What Really Matters
On Treating Yo’self
Why “Frugal” is my Least Favorite F-Word
Here are some more articles that you might like:
How I Paid off $112,000 in debt in 18 months
How I Saved $65k in Four Years for Graduate School
How I Saved Tens of Thousands in Law School
A Controversial Way to Save Money on Groceries
Other articles I’ve written:
3 Things that Allowed me to Save 50% of my Income Without a Budget
4 Handy Tips that Helped me Lose 10 Pounds, Read 70 Books & More Last Year
5 Small Ways to Improve Your Finances Right Now
On the Path to FIRE, How Much Suffering is Too Much (Or Not Enough)?
5 Little Mantras that Have Been Responsible for All My Financial Wins
Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.