Ten thousand ways to save money

  The Dutch are notoriously frugal, and there are a lot of jokes on the internet about it. For example, how to recognize 4 Dutch people in a bar? The 4 people who drink in a beer mug with 4 straws are. I have lived in the Netherlands for over two years due to a working relationship and had the opportunity to get a feel for how budget-conscious they are.
  The Netherlands is a wealthy country, ranking 11th in the world in terms of per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020. Although not bad money, the Dutch are very frugal in life. Most people eat only hot dishes for dinner, three meals a day, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Official reception is also very simple. I once discussed this topic with a Dutch official in charge of international cooperation. He said a little embarrassedly: “The working lunches we arrange for foreign guests are also sandwiches, milk, juice, etc. Some foreign delegations even You will feel neglected.”
  A survey showed that the average age of a private car in the Netherlands is 10.6 years, making it the “least frequently changed country” in Western Europe. This compares to an average of 6.4 years for Luxembourgers and 8 for Britons. The average engine displacement of Dutch cars is also the smallest in Europe, which is really a grievance to the Dutch who are the tallest on average in the world.
  The Netherlands is located in the northwest of Europe, the weather is cooler and the sunshine is not enough, so the Dutch like to go to Italy, Portugal and other southern European countries for vacation. Residents of these countries are not particularly welcome to them, as the Dutch rarely spend their money locally. They dragged their family and brought their family and drove their RV here. They didn’t live in the hotel, and they brought their own food!
  Being so “mean” to yourself is definitely not “generous” to others. Gifts given by Dutch people generally do not exceed 10 euros (about 76 yuan). If you give Dutch people a valuable gift, they are likely to be disturbed and even return it to you. Even if you accept it, you don’t expect them to “reciprocate” to give you a gift of equal value, and may only send you a thank you card.
  Once, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended a social event in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, where a fan presented a bouquet of white tulips with a 25% discount sticker prominently on the packaging. A curious audience went to a supermarket that sold flowers and found that the discounted bouquet was only 1.94 euros (about 15 yuan).
  When it comes to the Dutch “stingy”, of course, it is necessary to mention “evenly paid bills”. It’s just that now everyone has a mobile phone, and when they pay the bills equally, they don’t need to be in a hurry to find change for each other. In February 2020, a survey conducted by the three largest banks in the Netherlands found that their customers sent more than 10,000 requests for accounts of less than 2 euros (about 15 yuan) to others every day.
  Dutch frugality is also reflected in the country’s fiscal policy. The Dutch government has pursued a prudent fiscal policy and is one of the few countries in Europe that has managed to keep public debt levels below the warning line of 60% of GDP.
  The Netherlands is also known as the “Frugal Four” along with Austria, Denmark and Sweden. They often sing opposite southern European countries when discussing fiscal policy within the EU, and oppose the latter’s “big spend” spending habits.