It is that time of year again that is feared most by cats and dogs: New Year’s Eve (or “Oudejaarsdag” in Dutch). It is the time of year when the Netherlands goes crazy and vaporises about 65 Million Euros in the name of fun and tradition.
As a frugal family, we should obviously not spend any money on this non-sense. But then again, we have not had the ability to (legally) set off fireworks in the past 8 years (and subject to how the laws change, may not again do so in the future). Mr. CF has a very big soft spot for fireworks (something to do with childhood memories) and as a family we often go to firework shows, competitions, and love watching it in general. Heck, Mr. CF even has been to NYC to watch the 4th of July firework show near the Brooklyn bridge, and it was awesome!
But this year it is a bit of a mixed feeling, since starting on the path of financial independence a lot has changed, we have been more efficient with our funds and invested in many assets. Firework is by far the best way to see hard earned cash go up in smoke (yes, pun intended).
So, this year we opted for a compromise and bought a little bit just for fun. Considering it has been 8 years since we last bought some fireworks (and we are much more frugal now), we have placed an order for the total sum of……€ 22 (beats the €75+ Mr. CF used to spent). This could have bought us a single share of RDSA, but it certainly would not give Mr. CF as much pleasure. Let’s call this a momentary lapse in focus, shall we?