Thrift is the Really Romantic Thing

Hey Skint pals,

Do you think it’s more romantic to be frugal or extravagant? When it comes to romance, we tend to think of big gestures as the more romantic: spending a ton on flowers and fancy meals and weekends away, but I think that thrift, improvising and making the most of what you have, are at least as romantic. thrifty  living, cherry blossom

This quote from GK Chesterton sums it up for me: “Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance… But the thing is true; economy, properly understood, is the more poetic. Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.’

When I think of the most romantic things that I’ve experienced, they’ve rarely cost anything. What about you? Do you agree that economy is more romantic than extravagance? Or does being whisked off to Cannes on a private jet do it for you, every time?  

Skint xx

PS: Not sure why I’m philosophising  today. It just feels like that kind of afternoon. x


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4 thoughts on “Thrift is the Really Romantic Thing

  1. It depends on the lifestyle of the person I guess. But for me personally, I prefer “economy” over “extravagance” for meaning is more important than value/price.

  2. Louise

    Anything that requires a bit of initiative and creative thinking screams romance louder than chucking a few hundred quid at something “typically romantic”.

    Being made to feel special and at the forefront of someone’s mind is the best kind of romance in my eyes.

    • I’m with you on that Louise! It’s why chocolates, scented candles and perfume don’t ever float my boat as romantic gifts!

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