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.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.
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.