Spending the Villain’s Money to Extend My Life


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Gu Shishi, a master of traditional Chinese painting, transmigrated into the role of a cannon fodder in a cliché novel.

The cannon fodder female supporting character was switched at birth. She had barely spent a few days with her biological parents before she was tossed into the wolf’s den by those same parents. Her parents, having no heart to send their fake daughter with a heart disease to live a hard life, forced the real daughter into becoming the replacement. Gu Shishi was sent away to marry the big villain – the rumored evil, cruel, and wife-cursing first young master of the Huo’s.

On the very first day that she had transmigrated, she had to face her fated tragic death….

Luckily, she had also inadvertently discovered the path to altering her fate!

— The more gifts she received from the big villain, the longer she could live and the more cheats she would gain!


(Wealthy Housewife System, Initiated!)

(Remaining Life: 8 minutes and 56 seconds)

(Recharge to extend your life.)

(Method of Recharging: Receive Money or Valuables from Wealthy Husband.)

(Received DIOR Bobbin Net Smock x 1, recharge value: $15,000!)

(Received FENDI Black Hooded Sweater x 1, recharge value: $10,160!)

(Received Givenchy Single Strap Mini Floral Print Pleated Skirt x 1, recharge value $180,695!)

(Recharge Successful!)

(Note: 24 hours additional life for every $1,000.)

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New Sauramon
August 7, 2020
Status: Completed
I had dropped this once at the very beginning because the story felt immature to the point I had trouble remembering the characters weren't teenagers, but working adults. But thanks to the reviews, I picked it up again, and I was not disappointed.

It is immature, and it's meant to be. One of the characters realizes it and feels ashamed of their behavior, and the hive mind actions against the MC doesn't last long. The white lotus halo of the fake sister also loses its luster pretty soon, and only affects... more>> the mother and origML until almost the end. She doesn't get a bad ending, tho, which is a pity.

The story loses steam at the end and its pretty noticeable, with all sorts of subplots left untouched and I'm not 100% satisfied with how the ML "heartsickness" got cured, but... Eh. The pacing is still pretty good and the story is entertaining. Face slaps are good. The system was great until it simply disappeared (taking with it the MC's personality).

Also, I know it's basically treason to speak half a word against translators, but isn't turning 20 something chapters into 120 a bit too much? It makes me think there's a reason for them to not number their chapters according to the original (plus however many parts it was divided into). <<less
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New CheezyMayo rated it
July 26, 2020
Status: --
This is sooo much fun to read. (For me, at least.)

Just... don't take this novel too seriously. Ofc there were those s*upid antagonists and what have you. Lol But still enjoyable. The ML is not some ass who rapes the MC. He's just a grumpy cat. Fufufufu...
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November 13, 2019
Status: c121
hello, MTL-er here! This is an ongoing story, as of 121 chapters currently! It's a story of fluff! The plot isn't much, which is great! It's more of the development of feelings of the main couple, with some elements about thr female lead's painting and interactions with others. Anyway, the maincouple is cuteeee! Haha, I really ship them! It's quite amusing too!
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FlufflyLittleRabbit rated it
November 23, 2019
Status: --

I tried to read this novel because the review perk up my attentions.

Unfortunately after I read more than 20 chapters, I found out that this is not my cup of tea at all.

I'm done with this overuse face slapping routine, low IQ and vicious young people--goodness, they should go to church and pray for the God to let those devil stay away from them so as not they will not commit a sin.

Agh. Why do I always encounter an MC who can get everything so easily?! Y'know she's already beautiful but the author seems to plan to make her become the most beautiful in the entire Galaxy and seriously, she's already talented in painting why must needs some kind of skills that can make her godly? 😑💢

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SpicySugar rated it
January 3, 2020
Status: c91
I don't even know how was I able to read until c91. The story is very boring imo. The MC and ML are truly meant for each other. Two boring character whose role is just stand there and be the perfect person.
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Saffari rated it
December 27, 2019
Status: Completed
This is a fun novel to read, and as far as dog blood drama and romances go, this one is actually quite healthy and fair. No excessive punishments or immoral revenge, the ends the villains receive give them a chance for a future where they may turn a new page.

The villains are also not too cartoonish and not overly dumb. The upper class is also portrayed to have good people and not too polarizing.

For the romance, I love that the ML isn't domineering in a unhealthy manner. He's quite the... more>> conservative and jealous type, but never crosses a line or lashes out. He uses his influence within the law and is morally good as well. No dubcon.

The MC's painting background also makes the story more interesting. She doesn't become an instant genius businesswoman or socialite, but focuses on her painting and the art circle.

All in all, the story follows the tropes of it's genre but, unlike many others, tries to execute it within morally upright limits. A good light read if you just want to read a dog blood story. <<less
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nevelvir rated it
November 11, 2019
Status: c116
I frickin love this story, ah QAQ Now I regret MTLing this one story in advance because it's still ongoing QAQ

BUT, this really is a nice story. In my opinion, the pace of the story is great. The villain is not too much of an OP, just a normal villain. The MC and ML too, is not an OP character. Yes, the MC has a system, but it's not too much; the system basically guides her to come and shower love to her husband and complete what she didn't have... more>> in her previous life. The system is not a crazy OP one that will just give anything for the MC. Lmao, their interaction is cute too~~

The story really is just my cup of tea. The author works hard o/ translator-san too, work hard o/ <<less
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XiaoWenTian rated it
May 7, 2020
Status: c85
It seems interesting from the premise alone, and I'm hooked. Depend on the ending it would become 5/5, MC is fun to read.

I marathoned reading it from 1 to 85 in 2, 5 hours, it was so fun

Edit: apparently the tl chapters is divided into parts, and ch 85 is chapter 20.


Important chapters:

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Ch 30, Li Chengzhen becomes MC's god father.

Ch 51, Chen Kexin asked her where did she get the Holy Water, and MC helped her to get more, and she got a company to make beauty vials using Holy Water recipe.

Ch 60, Grandma Chen becomes MC's god grandmother. Also Chen Kexin: Granma, lol u forgot your real grand daughter? Orz

Ch 79, MC and ML married, MC has no one to send her to the stage since her real parents didn't come (both MC and ML didn't invite them), so Li Chenzheng helps her as her father. MC is really honored that she actually has many rich girl friends, not fake ones, although they're a bit s*upid. At first she thought she would need to rent friends lol. MC got sent gifts by her rich girl friends, Li Yiru who used to hate her send her bracelet, Chen Kexin gifts her stuff she bought with Granma Chen, Zhuo Mi, 2333 and 555 also gifts her. It's a touching chapter.

Ch 88 MC mom and Huo Wencheng asked MC to temporarily divorced for Gu Wenshuang's health - what nonsense! MC told her mom, what filial piety, she never regards Gu Mom and Gu Dad as parents. Gu Mom soon realized that she has missed a lot of things to do with her real daughter and instead has been pampering their fake daughter.

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AyameKnight rated it
March 2, 2020
Status: Completed
Truthfully I nearly skipped this after reading the reviews. BUT it wasn't so bad, not really worth 5 stars but I feel guilty for almost skipping it so I give it an additional Star.


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The MC seems to be stuck with a system whose only job is to be pleasing the ML. Unlike a certain review that gave me the impression that the MC was given everything in a silver plate and was hella OP with skills left and right. The MC has a system that makes her do things in order to live. And she is not ungrateful of the ML as she does even if selfish reasons still thinks of the ML's death which will be 2 years from when they met. The ML is not even evil like most CN where the ML get revenge by plotting for the cannon fodder or villain be r*ped for whatever they did to the MC. The MC forgives people who are genuinely sorry for their actions and even gives people the chance to repent. Unlike some CN you have an MC who never gives an ounce of thought that people can change.
MC also seems to fall for the ML early on, and most of the task after the marriage cannot be fulfilled if love or affection is not in the equation. The MC's only ability is to paint and she already has years of training and was close to being good but with the system she could improve. From what I understood from the MLT, even without the systems help she was able to recreate the same feelings into her art.
Not to mention the fact the most of the tasks that needed to be fulfilled were either inevitable or just certain incidents happened to have allowed it to be fulfilled. Eg. When she got the task to get married, the ML was already planning to ask her before the task was issued.

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JimmyFalcon rated it
January 16, 2020
Status: c36
I liked that the ML (male lead) and the MC (main character) didn't fall in love right away and that the ML remains skeptical of the MC's intentions, not letting himself fall in, but that's it. The MC of this story is just too much of a goody two shoes, not-like-other-girls kind of girl. I remember rolling my eyes mentally when finding out the backstory of the original. The plan the OG (original) came up with is just so dumb that I don't think my five year... more>> old cousin would approve it. It was most likely made this way to justify the MC taking over the OG's body and to juxtapose how much of a cool gal the MC is in comparison with the OG for not falling in love so easily. But let's be real, that's not the problem. The problem was the OG's IQ.

Another scene I remember disliking was when the MC showed everyone her superior painting skills, it really felt cringey. I didn't sign up for a Mary Sue I wanted to see an underdog who used their system in a smart way!

And let's not forget how terribly sad the OG's backstory was. How she was abused and manipulated out of her money while her step sis gets to live the high life. It is such a cheap way to garner pity!

But that's enough of being frustrated. At the end of the day it's not even close to the worst thing ever, it's just mediocre, below average, bland and thus deserves a 2, maybe 2.3~ <<less
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June 2, 2020
Status: c95
I read it until chapter 95, but it's just... kinda boring

and I honestly don't understand everybody's logic, like why would they think it was the MC who "stole" her sister position when she is the true biological daughter???
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parsonii rated it
November 11, 2019
Status: c119
I personally liked this story a lot. There are certain an ample amount of satisfying face-slapping moments. The MC's system is not crazy OP - as in she could just pull out anything from it to solve any problems that she might be facing. MC was witty and her Chinese painting ability made the story much more interesting.

In addition to the main plot between MC and ML, the MC's interactions with the various supporting characters were interesting as well. :)
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fltstrt rated it
January 8, 2020
Status: c33
Only at C33, which I'm guessing is probably around C10 for the raws (translator had likely split up the raw chapts into 3 parts as each chapt is super short), my first impression of this story was: Beauty and the Beast. It's not entirely the same concept but it's similar in the sense that the ML is like the lonely Beast who craves companionship but is afraid of getting rejected due to his special circumstances.

ML is known as the cursed, harbinger of bad luck, everyone is afraid of him... more>> and thus he leads an isolated life in his mansion with his servants. He has a grumpy nature (his Doctor calls him Grim Huo) but is actually a huge softie. He is sensitive to FL's mood and is a closeted tsundere. I have a soft spot for characters like this...

The missions gives by FL's systems are actually pretty fun. I liked how eating is also considered as gifts by the ML and each meal powers up her life bar a little.

FL is adaptable and happy-go-lucky, she doesn't dwell on unnecessary negativity and is whole heartedly focused on extending her life bar. She's happy to latch onto ML even when he persistently scares her away and made her do chores like a housemaid.

Characters are rather 2 dimensional and the writing isn't groundbreaking phenomenal, but I enjoyed it. This would appeal to people looking for something lighthearted to read. <<less
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nuttyreader rated it
December 10, 2019
Status: Completed
This is a fun novel.

It uses the FL “life” to force her to get close to the emotionally damaged ML.
ML is cold and not close to anyone since he believes they will be hurt if they are close to him.

I will say that the system is more for the ML instead of the FL but the FL never complains. What women doesn’t want to be more beautiful.
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These are some of the stuff that the system gives her....

Snow White halo - pure white skin, red lips, black hair with 50% less hair loss - basic Snow White description

a drunk halo (don’t remember the name) - when the system detects the FL drinking alcohol, it gives the perfect affects to the person. Rosy cheeks, misty eyes... basically makes her very edible <cough>

newly web wife halo - makes her extremely edible. System suggest not to use too much or may be a problem for the FL <cough>

It seems the system not only gives her life but it really works to make her the perfect wife.

It also has additional “skills” to increase the FL artistic abilities to smash past her Master class to Grandmaster. The FL uses this to help her break through to a higher level.

Now to unlock them, you have to read. The system does work on the dog feeding thought process.


For most of the people, it really doesn’t go too far being the antagonist.
There are only 1 true antagonist and multiple people who continue to make bad decisions.

  • Fake sister - this person is just too greedy. As long as you put greed as her main motivation, you can see her doing all the things in the novel.
  • FL mother - does not think so she only has eyes on the white wolf daughter (can understand since she took care of the sick daughter all throughout.) She may be the worse off since she truly loved the fake and put all her heart in keeping her alive. This could have closed off what she should have done.
  • FL dad - just another me me type. He doesn’t consider others as long as it benefits him.
  • ML mother and grandmother - they just lost their minds. Not bad but..... really blaming other so they don’t have to think about it.
The reason for people think ML is bad news


As far as I can understand MTL, the father died of an accident. The grandfather died of a broken heart when the father died. So how could this be caused by the son???!?

The mother and grandmother just blames him so they don’t have to face the reality. Really weak in too many ways.


There are no messy assassination, in your face slapping, convoluted plots, and other messy melodramatic angles. This is mainly about how the FL tries to hang onto the ML and gets gifts to live. That is the main plot and that is done in a way that is fun and interesting. The others come in to add to the main plot but never to override what the main story is about.

note: there is fluff and dog food but not overly sweet. The FL is the main victim of trying to make the dog food. Hahaha <<less
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May 29, 2020
Status: Completed
A nice and sweet light novel with fluffy relationship between the main characters. Not overly dragged, no unnecessary drama - the story went on smoothly. I truly loved the system in this book. The concept of it was unique and the artistic approach was something I have not read before. I am a fan of gaming/levelling up/ weak to strong themes and even though this novel isn't any of that the system rewards after successful task or an upgrade gave me a similar rush I get when a character is... more>> getting new skills. <<less
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Purple Lotus rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: Completed
Actually this is your typical novel with villainess transmigration, two-faced white lotus FL, tr*sh parents of MC, and the hidden OP character/villain, but I think it was pretty good. The system is perhaps too much of a cheat (the beauty thing) but MC put effort to complete tasks and what the system does is prompt/threaten with death. ML who's germaphobe doesn't really want to interact with the fiancée who was forced on him, but when he realised that MC and him had pretty much same circumstances (aka miserable childhood) he... more>> starts to somewhat take care of her. It wasn't too long, not boring and overall a fun read which I would come back to. If you're sceptic about the novel because of reviews, then I recommend reading for yourself first before judging, it's maybe not worth a real 5 stars but it's a good read. <<less
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xuexin rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: c123
The story is about a woman who transmigrated, but with the catch that she must receive $1000 from her husband for 1 day of life through gifts or through food. The catch is that the ML is a germaphobe and had a difficult childhood, thus he is not interested in being near the MC.

It's a very interesting system with that kind of mission. It's very funny though, and I definitely recommend it. My only problem with the translation is how short each chapter is...
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Laviie rated it
June 7, 2020
Status: Completed
It was a very fun read.

Cons: The system was forgotten in the end. The "tragic ending" of the ML that was supposed to happen after 2 yrs was never explained. The white lotus fake sister didn't suffer enough. The female lead was cute and bubbly at the start but lost that charm in the end. She's still cute but not as cute as before.

MTL is a bit hard to understand. The system pop ups and explanations translate badly when using MTL. My advice, wait for translations since the system... more>> plays a big part of the story. <<less
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boomstick3000 rated it
April 28, 2020
Status: Completed
I don't know why I like this one so much, but I'm on my way to reading it for the third time. I would say it is the typical face-slapping dogblood novel, but for some reason the face-slapping is particularly satisfying. The "cheats" the MC unlock during her adventure are pretty funny. The ML is a hardcore tsundere who says one thing and does the complete opposite sometimes only seconds later. It's objectively not the best novel but I find that I keep coming back to it.
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Usas rated it
February 15, 2020
Status: --
I think readers are very generous with their ratings. ^_^

The story could have been better had there been any ups and downs in the FL's life. I felt bad for everyone lese in the story. Everyone's scampering around trying to do tings, and here's our FL who gets cheats after cheats. It felt like the system was her father and was doing everything to make the road as smooth as possible for the FL.

This is one of those novels which could be rewritten for another transmigration story.
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July 11, 2020
Status: c112
So I've been looking for a novel that stands out from other cliché romance novels and while I scrolled I found this and it did meet my expectations though some parts are a bit cliché like where they spilled wine on her dress 'accidentally'or bullied, evil sister or supposely evil sister gets together with the other sisters crush which is the supposedly ML in the novel MC read but they still did made it stand out with the spending money system🤑lol and the MC being a ink painter guru which... more>> is not the typical transmigration skills. This novel is very entertaining but the only thing I'd wish is that they'd update more😭 <<less
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lazyasianscientist rated it
July 10, 2020
Status: Completed
I mtled to the the ending and it was quite an interesting read.

Its a light hearted read, theres no political or deeper drama

There were good revenge and a satisfactory ending.

I feel like eating melon and eating dog food

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FemMC pretty much disconnected from her biological mother, father and that twisted white lotus of a sister but she got pretty well with her maternal family and they were super nice and enthusiastic~

ML is also pretty much disconnected from his family too, his grandma, mother and 2nd brother arent aren in his eyes. When he finally realized it wasn't his fault and finally healed himself emotionally and mentally, he pretty much forgave? Them for abandoning him for how many years. BUT he pretty much doesnt see them as family anymore. Except for his younger sister huo chuchu that believes in him and didn't gave up on him through out the years.

Now your gonna say, dang they only have each other now?

Yup! Theyre a perfect match and theyre backed by other families that treat them as a real family member. Like the chen family. Gotto love grandma chen and the art association full of granpas and grandmas!

Those old people bless their eccentric hearts xD theyre better with using social media than me hahaha

Note they also have a super handsome baby that can appraise high quality things since 1 yr old?!?!? He is so smooth and cool at the side chapters when he helped his 'aunt' at a charity auction (hes 7 in this side story)

ML's lil sister, huo chuchu, also married to ML's doctor. Theyre common interests are eating melon together (exchanging gossips) and they hit off pretty well! They even had a baby girl in the end of the side story~~~

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