The tradition of diamond engagement rings is still relatively new.
Plus, they can get pretty expensive. As of 2013, the average engagement ring costs about $4,000.
And that's just the average. Engagement rings at Zales range from $41–$52,229.
And what if you don't even like wearing jewelry?
Do you need to spend thousands of dollars on an engagement ring, especially when you'll likely also be wearing a wedding ring for the duration of your marriage? Or is there another, equally valid, way to spend this money instead?
Before you make up your mind on a diamond, consider these alternatives.
1.Start an "adventure fund" savings account and use the money throughout your relationship.
2.Buy several bottles of the most expensive wine you can find. Together, choose specific milestones on which you'll open each bottle in celebration.