Savings Report #44 – The American Dream


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This update was difficult to prepare as I don’t think I’ve ever been as busy as I am right now. I signed up to co-author a technical book last year and I’ve now just begun the writing phase in which I need to write a 4000 word chapter every 2 weeks.

It has been insanely difficult to keep on track; I need to spend every Saturday and Sunday writing. When I signed up for this project I didn’t know that I’d be transitioning from an Engineer to an Engineering Manager and how much I’d have to learn in this new role.

I also found out this month that the SavingNinja family will be beginning another adventure. One of my goals for this year was to try and move to the USA. I’m happy to say that my employer found a business reason to relocate me and I’ve now signed a new US contract. Due to the move being classified as a business reason, we’ll be getting a full relocation allowance, along with accommodation for the first month, paid flights, and even a 3 day all expenses paid trip for myself and my wife to take beforehand.

The visa process has been initiated and they estimate that it will take to between 6 and 8 weeks, but it could be longer if we’re unlucky (hopefully no invasions will happen).

This is absolutely awesome! But… I need to spend each weekend writing for the next 4 months.

I don’t want to forfeit this book as it’s a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’ve put so much work into it. I can’t push back the project by months as I have a co-author, along with tech editors and a company with schedules to work toward. So, it looks like we’ll be trying to get rid of all of our stuff, including our house and car, and move to the USA from Sweden with a cat, all whilst having to spend each weekend writing and holding down a demanding full time job as an Engineering Manager (when two of my peers are on parental leave and I’m aiming for a promotion before the end of the year).

So, yeah, I’m damn busy!

I honestly don’t know how we’re going to manage it. But I’m excited nonetheless.

I’ll do a full post about relocating to the USA before we move (or I’ll try to). I’d like to write down my thoughts beforehand so I can see how they compare to the real experience when we arrive as this is something that I’ve worked toward for my whole professional life and I’d be the first to admit that I’m probably thinking of America in a deluded “land of dreams” perspective.

Other News

There’s a war with Ukraine and it’s scary living in non-NATO-Sweden, I hope we can relocate to the USA before anything escalates. The Swedish SEK has devalued against GBP so much that I’m now being paid around 10% less GBP than when I first started at my current company, even after 2 pay rises and role changes. The stock market is down the toilet and my company stock is almost half of what my grant price is; the stock now needs to grow 400% in the next 3 years if I want my grant to be worth anything, not looking good!

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14 thoughts on “Savings Report #44 – The American Dream

  1. You certainly like to keep yourself busy – but is there any other way? 🙂

    We have thought about relocating – but it always seems to come back to the cat – so I’m interested to see how moving with the cat goes, and how the cat is transported to the USA! Our cat has issues just going five minutes down the road to the vet! 🙂 I had a friend who used to travel to and from the Philippines with his small dog and he used to tell me the dog cost more than a first class ticket – but if the company’s paying why not! 😉

    I have also been offered the opportunity to relocate to US for work (Seattle or Boston), but so far have not bitten (California, Florida, or Texas and I would bite), so I will be watching your journey with great interest – do please let us know how it goes!

    p.s. I used to be a consultant to O’Reilly (tech book publisher), so I know how much work goes into putting a book together – good luck!

    1. Yeah the cat was a nightmare when we relocated to Sweden. We had to get here by car, boat, and train as we couldn’t find any flights for him. For the US it should be a little easier as they accept cats on flights in a crate as long as you’re on the same flight.

      I noticed that I haven’t mentioned where we’ll be relocating to; and it will be Boston! But we also work remotely so we’ll have the opportunity to relocate anywhere as long as we still have an EST time zone; we’re thinking Vermont long term.

      Thank you, there’s a long road ahead that’s for sure, but little by little the chapters are getting done!

  2. Hey SN

    Have said it already but massive congratulations on your move to the US! Living the dream (or not, as you may be reporting!).

    I can’t even begin to imagine the things going on in your head with sorting out the move, working and commitment to your writing. The good thing is that you are a full ex-pat package so at least that side of things is sorted for you.

    Where in the US will you be relocating to? City or out in the sticks so you can start planning on building your ranch? 🙂

    1. Thank you Weenie; yes, we’ll see if it lives up to my hype.

      It is great that we got the relocation package, I wasn’t expecting it. It will make things a lot easier and reduce the anxiety a lot.

      I can’t believe I didn’t mention where we’d be going! It will be Boston initially, but we hope to relocate 1h commute out of Boston after the corporate housing period, and eventually either rural MA or rural Vermont as we’ll still be working from home as a default. Ranch planning will take 1-2 years, we’ve read that we wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage until we’ve been there for 2 years; so back to apartment living until then! There does seem to be some really high quality apartments for not much in MA that offer pool/communal areas/co-working spaces, they look really interesting and swanky.

  3. Amazing news on the relocation front!

    Reading all what you have on your plate makes me feel like such an unproductive layabout . You certainly deserve everything you’ve gained, I hope when you get there finally, it will have all been worth it.

    All the best as always 😉

    1. You put in the graft! I definitely wouldn’t be able to do this with children, and I don’t plan on writing more books for a long while after this. I really wanted to release the app I’m working on (I showed you a demo when you helped me prep for my interview, remember? :D) but I’ve just ran out of time.

      I think after this I’ll take a bit of a rest and play some Elden Ring 😀

      1. Just read comment above, East coast, perfect for a visit 😉

        Haha that’s cool you will definitely deserve a bit of down time once all of this is done. I’ve been getting back into Mario kart on our years old Wii as my daughter can now actually get around the track pretty well. Looking forward to playing through some of the older games with her and reliving some good memories!

  4. Hello. I too have a potential opp to relocate to USA. The problem is my partner would have to give up his job. How hard is it for spouses to get jobs in the USA. It would be for 2 years to LA.
    Thanks

  5. Did you move to Boston? Sounds exciting but taking lot on, could always put writing on hold, they’d just have to wait. Stocks come back eventually, always do. Just a waiting game.

    You’re a busy guy, makes me seem lazy with my part time semi fire lol. Take care

  6. Congratulations buddy, havent been around here in a while. I managed to get a mate out to Boston about 6 years ago who moved from NI. Send me an email if you want his details as I imagine there’s a few UK -> US gotcha’s (I know technically you’re coming from Sweden but I’m sure you get what I mean!)

    I’ve actually taken a new remote role with an MA based company so if I’m heading over I’ll give you a shout!

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