How Expensive is Living in Sweden?

Before moving to Sweden everyone told me how expensive it would be to live here. Even fellow bloggers scoffed at the prospect of the _Saving_Ninja moving to Sweden!? The country with one of the highest income tax and VAT rates in the world! I wouldn’t be able to call myself the SavingNinja for much longer, they said. When I first arrived here, I found it hard to swallow the insanely high food prices, it seemed everything that we usually bought back in the UK was at least 3 times as expensive, sometimes even more than that....

September 17, 2021 · 12 min · SavingNinja

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

We arrived…over a month ago! I wrote a post within the first couple of weeks here but it just felt very forced and rambling, not great at all. I’ve then not had the motivation to write anything, it doesn’t help that I’ve become obsessed with ‘Jane The Virgin’ and have been job hunting. So here’s a TL;DR of my other post - We had a lot of issues with shipping our boxes, right up to the day before they were collected....

October 21, 2020 · 12 min · SavingNinja

Something Happened

The Ninja household is going to be changed forever. Something happened which was so unexpected, so alien, and yet so perfectly aligned to the current and future goals that I’ve mused about on this very blog. So, strap in and brace yourselves for…the news. One blustery morning 3 months ago I was contacted out of the blue by an internal recruiter for a certain company. Said company was one of those companies, you know, one of the companies that I’ve been training for ....

June 18, 2020 · 9 min · SavingNinja

I'm Allergic to Spending Money!

“Are you not having a drink?” John asked me as we huddled into the crowded upstairs room of a fancy pub. We were there for the November installment of the ‘side-hustle’ meet up, hosted by the venerable Financial Independence London group. The room was filled with over 100 bustling FIRE advocates, sipping on expensive £12 white wines and £6 pints of beer. “I’ll stick with tap water and ice, thank you,” I said with a pang of envy....

November 21, 2019 · 5 min · SavingNinja

Guest Post: Selling my Dream Car didn’t End my Dream

Simon contacted me whilst I was on my honeymoon with an artfully drawn Ninja shuriken and asked if he could guest post on Saving Ninja. So, of course, I had to say yes! This marks the first-ever Saving Ninja guest post, so I’ve created a new subcategory called ‘Guest Post’, and if anyone else would like to contribute, hit me up over on the Contact page. Simon runs his own personal finance blog over at Financial Expert which he created back in 2010....

September 5, 2019 · 5 min · SavingNinja