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Already 5 years into the workforce. What have I built?

It was a sudden awakening - I've already worked for more than 5 years.

But what have I achieved?

I stepped into the rat race as a noob (nobody uses this word now, I admit I'm old), being tekan by unhelpful "seniors" who thankfully left after 1+ year of torture and earning lesser than my peers, to slowly building up my confidence, emerging stronger and being more courageous to say "No", proving myself along the way and getting rewarded with better bonuses and increments.

I know I'm working just for the money (and the medical benefits that comes with it).

If I look at the money, so far, I should be doing it right in my career. I've decent bonuses and decent increments. I'm in a general profession, but I'm doing pretty ok.

So what has my 5 years of work got me?

Money. 

Through employment, coupled with my thrifty habits, I managed to hit $100k savings at 25 years old. And it took me another 2-3 years to get another  $100k at 28.

But, along with it,…

Q1 review - Hitting $150k in cash savings

April. Rejoice!

Last time this year, I blogged about how this is the most anticipated time of my work year.

These few months, I was so busy that I even overlooked the news of my HDB ballot number. And when I heard about my promotion, I wasn't particularly excited. I was so mentally exhausted that I question, is this all worth it?

But today, I'd like to remind myself. That this too shall pass.

I'm still facing shit at work. I still feel incompetent and stress when I can't seem to get things done. I still can't sleep well some nights. But when I sat down and think about the decent bonus, promotion and the ~10% increment I received, I thought to myself, there are no free lunches in this world. At least, I was appreciated by my bosses. I look around my peers and some much older were bypassed for promotion. Even when things are tough, I must pull it through.

Unless I win the $8 million TOTO today ;)

Anyway, I had just ran through my finances and am pleased to see that I…

My 10 credit cards and which to say goodbye to 😢

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I know I've loads of credit cards. But it scares me a little to know that I've a total of 10 cards after tabulating the below. Guess it's timely to do a review of the cards I have so I know which to use and which to say byebye to!
Here's the summary of my 10 credit cards and which to say goodbye to:
To keep 1. SC Manhattan - to keep for big ticket items (note: card is no longer available for application)
2. SC Unlimited cashback - no min. spend to keep for 1.5% cashback on all spends
3. SC Spree - to use for contactless spends (2%); no min spend, max spend $3000

No minimum spend and up to $60 rebate. Earn 2% cashback on all online spends in local currency, all contactless and mobile payments. Earn 1% cashback on all other retail spends.
4. BOC Sheng Siong - to use for Sheng Siong spends (no min spend, 7% rebate, max spend: $700)Cash RebateSpend CategoryCondition7%Sheng Siong Spend• No minimum spend
• Cash rebate capped at  S$70 per billing cycleAdditional 5%Sheng Siong S…

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