I Cried When a Little Girl Begged Me for Money

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I stepped in front of my favorite egg vendor, the granny with her toothless grin. As I picked out a dozen or so fresh eggs, I felt a small tug on my shirt — it was a little girl with a basket in hand.

I ask her what she wants and she gestures, pointing at my wallet. I shake my head at her and turn away, avoiding eye contact. On the outside, I looked the usual, but on the inside, I was torn.

A Time I Splurged 

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I love Vietnam. It’s fast-paced, it’s got cheap food, and everyone here is super friendly. But the only thing I don’t like is its lack of foreign options. The other day I had a huge craving for Pop-tarts, so I went to several stores. None of them... Read More

When Being Cheap Backfired on Me

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When I came to Vietnam, I chose a more expensive ($1200/month) Airbnb to live in.

I figured if I spent a little more on accommodation with a spacious bedroom, a comfortable couch, a fully-equipped kitchen and a nice working table, it would help me focus more while working at home. That, to me, was a worthwhile investment.

The struggle I have with a friend who has more

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Every time I go home to California, my friend calls me to hang out. I want to, but I usually excuse myself and say I can’t. She makes a good living and tends to splurge so when we go out to lunch, it usually costs around $25 for each of our meals. For someone who lacks the stable income that comes with a corporate job, lunch isn’t something I can afford to splurge on.