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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Sauramon rated it
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 don'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... Fair, but it feels lacking to have her simply disappear in the background.

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's "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).


There's something that left me a bit speechless, though. At one point a social-climbing secretary shows up and she seems like a little beauty, but of course, incomparable to the FL. That's not a problem per se, but the disgust the ML feels isn't directed at her behavior, but at her physical appearance. He compares her to the FL, but the FL is artificially enhanced by the system. So to say... Her beauty is impossible by human standards.

This isn't really a critique as I actually found it hilarious because it conforms to the ML's "pickiness", but it left me thinking that were it not for the system's enhancement, the FL's personality would simply never be enough to win the ML's heart. I don't think the author intended that at all, but it feels like the system is simply a tool to build the perfect match for the ML, and that kind of shoots a hole in their ship.

The hole is not enough to sink it, though.


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 wouldn't be so bad if they numbered their chapters according to the original (plus however many parts it was divided into). <<less
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FlufflyLittleRabbit rated it
November 23, 2019
Status: --

I tried to read this novel because the review perks up my attention.

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 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?! You 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 she need some kind of skills that can make her godly? Doesn't she have any confidence in her skills?

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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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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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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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May 28, 2021
Status: c345
I have to join to the group of people who have enjoyed the story for some time, but have been put off after a couple of hundred chapters.

At the beginning you don't notice some things but as the story develops you start getting more and more creeped out and appalled on how unhealthy their relationship is. You thought Bella and Edward in "Twilight" had a manipulative and abusive relationship? I found this equally bad, maybe even worse, once you get to the core of things.

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Her husband-to-be has issues and hang-ups wanting a perfect woman that simply does not exists and she has a System that builds her up into that kind of unrealistic woman. Directing her behaviour and modifying her body so that she can develop relationship with the ML and live. Literally, because if she doesn't get from him enough money and gifts to fill out her health bar, she will die.

So she is very motivated to 'perfect' herself for him while he is getting a human doll for whom he is a literal lifeline.

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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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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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Ug_at_its_best rated it
June 14, 2021
Status: c293
The story has a nice premise as indicated by the blurb and the translation quality is excellent but I gave it only 3 stars because it has glaring things that I don't like but I still appreciate the author's ingenuity and hard work.

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    We are told that the ML is tsundere, which is fine but he is too controlling. He sends her out in an unsexy swimsuit to a pool party that is all about flexing yet he knows the people at the party don't like her all because the sexy ones make him jealous but he is too stubborn to say he likes her. Some see this as a high show of affection but to me, it is chauvinistic because he doesn't trust her.
    He wants to control her job by buying all her artwork and streaming site secretly so that no one else can have them yet he also wants to support her to become confident and independent.
    He can only show affection with exaggerated displays of wealth that when examined with any other lens will be the worst kind of snobbery. This was fun at first but after c200+ (c90+ in the raws) it is exhausting to see so he had minimal character development there.

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    As for the FL, sometimes she makes smart decisions and then overturns them with losing her brain over the way the ML showers her with wealth. Even when her life bar is maxed out and the riches are no use to her health, she does not bother to help ML show affection in more toned down ways. As someone with a good teacher and good upbringing and has tasted suffering and with good moral character, she should be uncomfortable with a guy buying out all the rings in jewellery stores in the city. She makes no effort to help him reconnect with his family unless the system demands it so I see it as her using him but not truly loving him.

  • Even her talent in art is just another way for ML to flex his wealth. I wish he did not know about her livestreams and website so that the work she puts up gets genuine evaluation from her fans and buyers instead of him stockpiling her work. I guess this is what ticked me off as an Artist, I got too invested in his lack of professionalism
Other than the author being so in love with displaying ML's wealth (as indicated in the title) that she forgets the other aspects of storytelling it is a nice fluffy story to read. If more of her empowerment didn't come as a result of her being his fiancee, I would love it more and give it 4 stars.

This review is negative but I have enjoyed the story as indicated by my progress so far but I just wish the author smoothed these problems a little more to elevate the story
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Ayapuddinchan rated it
February 18, 2021
Status: c157
I like this novel, it's not too bad and yeah I agree that the beauty features of the system was over the top (that no hair feature the system has is something I need in my life ngl)

The ML is all mighty and the FL is all beautiful no-body-hair-star-eyes-whiter-then-white-itself, nothing new tho. But it made me laugh! The way the ML denies his feelings at first, making up excuses to why he was doing stuff when the reason is 🧚✨ 𝓁ℴ𝓋ℯ ✨🧚 my fav part is when ... more>>

he was watching her at the pool and the FL noticed and teased him, pretending to not know it was him and worrying about it. It killed me, I wish we could see more of that


The latest misunderstanding has me hope that some angst will come out of it 😈 for the FL ofc we've had enough angst from the ml

One thing that left a bad taste in my mouth tho

was that he literally picked her friends for her? The novel made it seem like it was cute and that he really cared but that was over the top for me, it made me feel like he was her father not her fiance, he screened them and made sure they were good for her and all that and all the while I was like remember this is her fiance he's her fiance he's her fiance.


Other then that, not so bad so far <<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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S1lly rated it
August 2, 2021
Status: c291
What I disliked the most was how almost all the systems rewards are appearance-modifiers to make the MC more "beautiful". And then the ML would proceed to realize exactly how that enhancement would make the MC charming...

I think it made his "love" for her very much like he was falling in love with a doll of the system.

I also would like if the artist-related rewards are more about teaching her things than simply immersing her into a state where her art becomes master-like.

But nhe, it is a fun read.
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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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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.

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
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Mar32 rated it
January 14, 2021
Status: c228
Honestly I quite enjoyed this story. The translation was great.

There's various things that make the story quality drop though.

I quite enjoyed that all the bullies, instead of being face-slapped, straightened their ways and turned over a new leaf. The MC didn't seek revenge or face-slapping, and didn't rise to people trying to get a rise out of her.

I dislike a Mary Sue MC, and it is so painfully written into this story. Somehow she's already a master of painting? The main character wasn't even so old when she died in... more>> her own world, and she already beats a the best painter an elite collector knows? Systems are indeed suppose to allow for cheats, but simply because you put duct tape on a big crack on a window pane does not mean it is fixed. It does fix the Mary Sue character at all. Also the cheats make me uncomfortable. The colorism in Asia has always been prevalent, but I hate how engraved it is in Chinese novels. As the story goes on, the main character's skin gets whiter and whiter. Is it bad to be tan? Dark? Simply writing about this makes me want to drop the review to a 2 star.

Also everybody loves the main character. Everybody. It's basically a must-need for reincarnation stories now, but simply because it's common does not make me any less displeased with it. <<less
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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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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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7starkiller99 rated it
October 8, 2021
Status: Completed
Novel not advised to read.

Novel does not have:

1) Sweet romance is not here. Misunderstandings and silly behavior is there to replace it!

... more>> 2) Smart/competent MC is not here. MC relies on ML for life but somehow doesn’t ever try and improve herself or change in any way.

3) Interesting variety is not here. Every cliche trope you can think of is just reused here but never with enough change to make you think “wow, how will MC and ML figure that out”. Instead it’s all “wow how was MC so s*upid and how is this ML so moronic that he can’t read the airhead Mc”.

Novel reads like the taste of a bland and numb cookie.

-300mil/10. <<less
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wonyoung rated it
April 25, 2021
Status: c316
I had been avoiding this bc some reviews weren't too positive but nvm, this is pretty fun! I want more!! I also love Chu Chu, pls marry me!! If you're looking for a funny novel with cute fluffy romance and sane characters then read this. It's mostly angst free, MC has a big golden finger, the main characters are too perfect except for minor flaws like ML's jealousy and psych issues but in these novels it's seen as his charm, this is a perfect novel for escapism. Obviously this is... more>> not a masterpiece and the characters might not be unique. But come on, that's one of the charms of this novel, not everything has to be serious. This is the perfect novel to forget about reality. <<less
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Elisabete rated it
March 31, 2021
Status: c293
It's a cool slice-of-life novel to read when you're bored. Of course, for you to really enjoy reading this, you need to ignore all the sexism, xenophobia and racism.
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