Getting engaged in a time when the economy has taken a downswing can be a good thing. Instead of getting into debt, many people are taking steps to keep wedding and engagement costs as low as possible.
While the idea of an expensive diamond ring has become standard in our culture, there’s nothing wrong with foregoing the high cost ones for something plain, simple, elegant, meaningful…and inexpensive. By keeping your eyes open, you can easily find a great ring that won’t put you in debt. Here are five good places to check.
1. Wal-Mart or Target – I’ve seen people turn up their noses at the thought of getting an engagement ring from Wal-Mart. But the meaning behind the ring is more important than the price. These stores have elegant rings at the fraction of the cost of those found at a jeweler. There’s usually a clearance display as well with great rings that are even less expensive. Remember, it doesn’t have to be labeled an engagement ring to be an engagement ring.
2. The family heirloom box – Don’t overlook rings that may have been passed down through the generations in your family. An old jewelry box or trunk can yield some great jewelry. Ask parents or grandparents if they have anything suitable for an engagement ring. This probably won’t cost you anything and will add something priceless to the meaning of the proposal.
3. Online – By checking out auction listings on eBay and uBid, you can find a low priced ring that someone else would just like to get rid of. You can also try other local auction sites or Craigslist to see if there are any listings. Buying secondhand is a great way to take something inexpensive and make it your own, and engagement rings are no exception.
4. Antique shops and thrift stores – Antique stores tend to have higher prices, but they can also be open to haggling. Check around your local antique shops for their jewelry selection and see what you can find. Thrift stores are also a great source of unwanted, cheap jewelry. See what’s available. You may get a fabulous ring for mere pennies.
5. Forgo the ring altogether – Who says you need an engagement ring in the first place? If you can buck tradition, forgo the engagement ring completely and save for the actual wedding band. Or replace the traditional ring with a necklace or bracelet, both of which can be easily handmade for just a few dollars at the local craft store.
When something has a deep emotional meaning, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little creativity and research, you can find a way to announce your engagement in a very inexpensive way.