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Dutch Discount Devotion

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"Mo Money Mo Problems" - The Notorious BIG

The Dutch love their discounts. Here some things you need to know.

Embracing the Dutch Love for Discounts: A Rite of Passage

As an expat in the Netherlands, one quickly learns that the Dutch have a deep-rooted affinity for discounts and deals. Or in different words: The Dutch are frugel. It's not just a preference; it's a way of life. And as you immerse yourself in the local culture, you'll find yourself embracing this thrifty mindset wholeheartedly.

The Dutch love for discounts is evident in various aspects of daily life. From the ubiquitous "kortingsbonnen" (discount coupons) to the ever-popular sales and promotions, the pursuit of a good bargain is a national pastime. And as you navigate this discount-driven landscape, you'll soon realize that it's not just about saving money; it's about the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of a well-negotiated deal.

How you can benefit in a structural way? Well. There are two prime examples of which we gladly make use.


The Museumjaarkaart (Museum Pass)

This nifty little card grants you unlimited access to over 400 museums across the Netherlands, all for a single annual fee (€75 at the moment of writing). It's a cultural enthusiast's dream come true, and the Dutch have embraced it wholeheartedly. With the Museumjaarkaart in hand, you can indulge in art, history, and exhibitions galore, all while saving a pretty penny.


NS Kortingskaart (Train discount card)

The NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen), the country's national railway operator, offers a tempting 40% discount on train tickets for those who purchase a subscription. Whether you're commuting (on off-peak hours) to work or embarking on a weekend (all weekend) getaway, this discount makes exploring the Netherlands by rail an affordable and convenient option. You only pay €5,60 a month (at the moment of writing).

Good to know: In all public transport in the Netherlands there are three ways of paying:

1) With your bank card
2) With an anonymous (blue) card
3) With a personal (yellow) card

Yes. This means one card for all public transport!

We prefer the last one since their website, only with the yellow one, gives you very good insight in all your expenses.

Embracing the Dutch love for discounts is more than just a financial decision; it's a rite of passage for any expat seeking to truly integrate into the local culture. So, whether you're exploring museums, hopping on trains, or simply navigating daily life, keep an eye out for those coveted deals and discounts. Embrace your inner "Dutchie," and revel in the thrill of saving a few euros here and there. After all, in the Netherlands, being thrifty is not just a habit; it's an art form.

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