Taxes – U.S. vs. Sweden. How are they different?

Only 2 countries require all citizens to file taxes: Eritrea and the good ol’ US of A. Tax season in the U.S. can be stressful, especially for ex-pats. However, I’ve been filing my taxes for a couple of years now and feel that I have got the hang of it. Aside from this year, as Read More

Paying my US Student Loans as an Expat

I’ve been asked before, ‘If you live in Sweden, why are you paying your student loans off?’ Sometimes I wonder if I should just stop paying so I can just enjoy my life. However, there seem to be some attempts at changing the current student loan situation in the U.S. For now, it appears to Read More

5 things I would tell myself at 18

I am 28 years old. As I mentioned in my first post I was not great with money and I did not save. It appears that my goal was to spend my entire paycheck and start from 0 again when the next pay check rolled around. I was fortunate, since I had a full-ride and Read More

Vilnius, Lithuania

I recently read an article that said that one of the cheapest European destinations is Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. I visited a couple of years back and let me tell you, it was one of my favorite places. To be honest, it is on my bucket list to go back and visit. I went Read More

House Hacking Guide

What is House Hacking? Unless you have been living under a rock then you have possibly heard of this. There are many different parts to it and it can really fit any household and any country really. The basic idea is that tenants, subletters, or travelers pay for your housing costs or at least mitigate Read More

7 ways to reach FIRE on a low income

Become debt-free. Especially all high-interest and/or depreciating debt. This should be the primary goal of those trying to reach FIRE because if the interest on your debt is 10% and you are earning 8% returns on your portfolio you are still out 2%. Cut grocery costs. As a foodie, this is a little difficult, but Read More

Travel Guide – 10 Free things to do in Stockholm

1. Make a trip to the most iconic store in Sweden, IKEA. During the week, there is a free shuttle that leaves from Vasagatan, it normally is at Vasagatan 38, it is then a short 20-minute ride to the IKEA. It runs approximately every hour from 10 am to 7:15 pm. 2. Walk around the Read More