14 downright stingy things Dutch people do

As lovable because the Dutch are, it’s no secret that they’re stingy as heck. Providing to carpool to work after which sending you a invoice, not just for gasoline (truthful) but additionally asking you to chip in on yearly upkeep prices — say what! 

Dutchies actually push the boundaries on what is taken into account socially acceptable in different cultures. However hey, they get away with it, and handle to save lots of a euro right here and there whereas they’re at it. 

We all know, we all know, there are some beneficiant Dutchies on the market — however we’re certain you realize a minimum of a number of of the beneath sorts too. 😉 Listed below are 14 of the stingiest issues that Dutch individuals do!

1. Ship a Tikkie for actually minuscule quantities of cash

Ever heard of a bit of factor referred to as Tikkie? In fact you’ve, that is the Netherlands — and I’m certain you’ve all obtained one for 60 cents, or an equally tiny sum of money. The truth is, this complete article may very well be about tales of absurd Tikkie’s — there are that many — however that’s for one more day.

All jokes apart, Dutch Tikkie-ing is an excessive sport. Ever been to somebody’s home for dinner and had them slap you with a Tikkie the subsequent day? That’s how you realize you’re within the Netherlands! Going Dutch, eh. 😉

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Each cent counts! Picture: BrianAJackson/Depositphotos

2. Be masters of DIY

You understand what they are saying: any accountant will be an electrician or a plumber! Wait, that’s not a factor? Nicely, it’s within the Netherlands! Want to put some laminate flooring? Your own home must be rewired? Determined you need a new staircase? That’s a DIY job!

It looks like each Dutchie has these expertise of their arsenal, as a result of the opposite choice is — GASP — pay somebody certified to do it. It’s this sensible facet of the Dutch that will get them via mind-blowing dwelling renovations on a budget.

3. Personal a flessenlikker — a what?!

That factor over there that appears a bit like a spatula, what did you say it was once more? Oh sure, that’s a flessenlicker — a uniquely Dutch instrument liked by many throughout the lowlands which is used to scrape the hell out of empty bottles and jars. 

In case you’re something like me, you might have by no means heard of a flessenlicker earlier than. However our intensive analysis (a snap Instagram ballot) discovered that the standard flessenlicker is a fan favorite in Dutch kitchens. 

You would possibly marvel why Dutchies would make investments time and power in scraping the hell out of say, a clearly empty ketchup bottle — however we’ve determined the one conclusion is that they get a thrill out of it. Scraper Olympics, anybody? 🥇 

4. Take away the lightbulbs and laminate flooring earlier than they transfer home 

We will’t perceive why so many Dutch individuals take the laminate flooring with them once they transfer home. What are the possibilities of discovering a brand new home that may suit your previous laminate flooring? Or is {that a} criterion when persons are house-hunting?

And don’t even get us began on lightbulbs. Whereas Dutchies save their treasured euro unscrewing every half-used lightbulb, the brand new residents will in all probability spend their first evening huddled across the gentle of a smartphone — welcome dwelling!

5. Eat bread with minimal condiments for breakfast and lunch each single day with glee

We at all times thought the explanation the Dutch breakfast and lunch menu consists solely of bread with hagelslag and cheese respectively was that the Dutch have a bland style palate. 

Seems, it’s truly a sneaky method to economize! Why spend €7 on lunch for a day, when you could possibly spend that a lot and have breakfast and lunch for per week? Good with cash — or downright stingy? 

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6. Refuse to spend cash on public transport or a taxi 

It may very well be 4 within the morning, there may very well be a blizzard, they may very well be sporting a ball robe, or their spouse may very well be giving delivery. None of these items matter to Dutchies, who imagine their biking expertise are far superior to any climate phenomenon or well being occasion. 

Whereas we’ve gotta admire their willpower, there’s no denying that usually it might be much more snug to spend €10 on a taxi relatively than cycle 5 kilometres via a thunderstorm in a figure-hugging floor-length costume and heels. However, because the Dutch say “You’re not made out of sugar!” (Je bent niet van suiker!)

7. Retrieve half-eaten meals and bottles of wine after dinner events 

Have you ever ever had somebody over for dinner and requested them to carry an ingredient? A cucumber, for instance. It would come as a shock to you to understand that they’ve left, and brought that half-eaten cucumber with them. Goodbye to your hopes of constructing tzatziki.

Whereas somewhere else this could be thought-about blasphemy, it isn’t too uncommon within the Netherlands. Maybe the Dutch way of life is so excessive due to all that cash they’ve saved by retrieving half-eaten leftovers after dinner events? 

8. Not offering meals at weddings

Everyone knows the perfect a part of a marriage isn’t the ceremony — it’s the meals. However be warned, for those who obtain an invitation to a Dutch marriage ceremony, be sure that to learn it fastidiously. Typically, visitors are solely invited to the ceremony — and never the reception.

In fact, some individuals do go all out, and there are many completely legitimate other ways to mark a marriage — however generally, the unions of Dutchies aren’t the massive white wonderlands that you’ve got in different nations. Wednesday morning, 8 AM on the courtroom is extra their type. Clearly, you possibly can’t have a thrasher that early within the morning. So that you see, there’s a technique to their insanity — or possibly it’s only a ruse to avoid wasting money?

READ MORE | Odd Dutch Marriage ceremony Traditions When Getting Married within the Netherlands 

9.  Take meals to locations that serve their very own

Yeah, going to the zoo is usually a bit expensive, so why would you pay €5 for a snack on the on-site cafe when you could possibly carry your individual completely good broodje kaas in a bit of zip lock bag from dwelling? 

If that wasn’t unhealthy sufficient, we’ve all heard the notorious fantasy about Dutchies flocking en masse to the campsites of France every summer season. Nice for French eating places, you say? Fallacious. See it might be, however Dutchies are infamous for bringing all of their very own meals — pindakaas, jam, and macaroni. With all of the culinary wonders that France prides itself on, we’ve simply bought to ask ourselves “Why?” 

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Dutchies tenting in France. Picture: joyfull/Depositphotos

10.  Plan a shock or romantic getaway for his or her vital different — after which anticipate them to pay for his or her half

Let’s simply throw the social rule e-book out the window, why don’t we? Whereas the Dutch are tremendous pragmatic, romantic getaways are a lot much less dreamy when you realize you’ll be receiving your half of the invoice for it in a few days’ time.

You haven’t even heard the worst of it but. One in every of our readers advised us a couple of time when her boyfriend purchased her a present….after which despatched her a Tikkie for it later. Can it even be referred to as a gift if it’s a must to pay for it your self?

11. Decide one journey vacation spot over one other due to a €3 worth distinction within the flight tickets

Ahh, Athens would have been so good and also you’ve at all times wished to go there — however Krakow is €3 cheaper. What an apparent alternative! In any case, are you even Dutch for those who aren’t financially prudent? 

P.S. Hey Dutchies, your flight departs at 6 AM from Eindhoven — have enjoyable leaving dwelling at 3 within the morning.

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Dutchies love low-cost holidays. Picture: Marty Sakin/Unsplash

12. Put together a single piece of meat per visitor 

Ever been to a pal’s home for dinner however gone dwelling feeling kinda hungry? Yeah, it’s a Dutch factor. These rattling Dutchies are infamous for cooking for the precise variety of individuals and solely getting ready a single piece of meat every. Though fridges have been invented a century in the past, there’s no place for leftovers (or individuals with a much bigger urge for food) on this society, as a result of the broodje kaas is king.

13. Completely satisfied birthday! We hope you introduced your OWN birthday cake, as a result of that’s the one one you’ll get

It’s your birthday, gefeliciteerd! 🎉 However we’re within the Netherlands now, so there’ll be no fanfare. Don’t overlook to carry your birthday cake — sure that’s proper, it’s a must to carry it your self. Your mates and colleagues might be anticipating it (as a result of they’ve it written down of their birthday calendar in the bathroom). However bear in mind, everybody solely will get one piece every.

Whereas we’re on the subject, you will be sure nobody might be shopping for you a convertible on your birthday, however possibly your pals would possibly chip in and purchase you one thing tremendous helpful, like a brand new pedal bin on your kitchen. Ahh sure, they knew how a lot you wished a type of… haha nah, they only wished to verify the present they bought you wouldn’t go to waste.

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Don’t overlook to carry your individual cake! Picture: Anna Vander Stel /Unsplash

14.  Purchase random issues (in bulk) from the grocery store simply because they’re on sale 

We’re satisfied that many Dutch pantry staples make it onto the grocery listing, not as a result of Dutchies even like them, however as a result of they’re at all times within the ‘bonus’ — or, in non-Dutch communicate, on sale at Albert Heijn. Why else would individuals eat so many dubious-looking kipschnitzels? We will’t even show that there’s precise hen in there. 

Dutchies will cease at nothing to get a reduction and to actually maximise on that saving. Whereas most aren’t that excessive, one group of associates, after listening to that their native grocery store was promoting three crates of beer for €25, introduced a tractor and loaded up on €6,000 price of beer. Now do you imagine us?


If, in studying this you had a shiver-inducing flashback to a time whenever you encountered a stingy Dutch particular person, don’t take it personally. Their dad and mom and grandparents have been like that, and their youngsters in all probability might be too. It’s simply the Dutch method!

What’s the stingiest factor you’ve ever seen a Dutchie do? Inform us within the feedback beneath!

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