Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Expatica Column: Dutch Consumerism 101

And I still remember the time when ‘the Dutchman’ first saw my checkbook; he broke out in a huge mocking grin. And with the chutzpah meter running up high to his ears, he declared that the check system is primitive, inefficient, fraud-sensitive and, to his Dutch sensibilities, expensive.

Furthermore, I have always tried to live below my means and have proactively shied away from the mob of credit card worshippers.

It was a sacred code I lived by each day; seeing people drowning in debt, their lives hijacked by banks and credit card companies was a sure-fire motivation indeed. However, being put into the same polder with the generic Dutch population has not only opened up my eyes to many unimaginable parsimonious ways of living, but I realized that my economizing standards are too low, in fact nothing compared to the Dutch!”

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Tags: Internet banking (03/2005), The mighty Euro (09/2004), Expatica Main, Expatica Netherlands, Netherlands Expat Blog

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