Literally translated, kopen and koken means buying and cooking., two of the basic topics that this blog will be discussing among many other different things that falls in between. But since the author is still on her first step of becoming a millionare (which is the planning stage), all her spending is on moderation, primarily because she doesnt earn so much, the economic is pretty bad right now and lastly, she currently living in the home of the "prudent" Dutch.
Ever heard of the term "Going Dutch", "Dutch Treat" or "Dutch Date"?
All of these refer to a Dutch custom of sharing everything with the other person, up to the last cents. This might be viewed as unethical especially for the conservative and the feminist but this is actually one part of the Dutch culture that separates them from the rest of the world.
The Dutch are very frugal, prudent to the point of being cheap. Before making a purchase, they will have to make a list of its pro's and con's, price comparison, warranty extent, the best place to buy etc. And trust them that they will get it from the lowest seller but not sacrificing quality, because when it comes to consumer rights (like returning a broken item, missing parts etc.) the Dutch definitely know what they can do about it.
I couldn't say that I am frugal person niether a wise spender. I believe that money should be spent for happiness, most especially when you work very hard for it. Frugality is a forced word to me when money is scarce. Although I don't go for excessively pricey items. As much as possible I try to buy good quality product at the lowest price available.
Coming to Netherlands, my perspective on spending changed completely. At first I was hesitant with it, finding fault in their seeming stingyness. But I come to realize that saving up for the rainy days is not really a bad idea especially if you keep it for better things for the future.
So this blog is dedicated to everything that is cheap in the Netherlands and the countries I will be visiting soon, from clothes to groceries and everything that I would be wisely spending my euros on.