My brother just got done buying a ring for his girlfriend, soon to be fiance. He spent somewhere near $2,000 for the one he liked. He was the one that picked it out even. But if you want quality, you have to pay the price. But his is a 3/4 k so, it's kinda a big rock for a engagement ring. The ring shop has always been very nice to our family, it's the only place we will buy from.
My ex-gf girlfriend and I paid $1400 total for a trip to the Carribean in December for a 5-star all inclusive luxury suite vacation. That included the flight.
I'm pretty sure most people would have rather have the trip and save $600 considering we had a great 4 day trip to Maine for $450. One of the diners cost $120 too.
I look for deals, and I get them.
Look for a deal on a ring... who cares.
Buy experiences, not materials.