The tradition of proposing with a ring is arguably a recent phenomena that symbolizes love, commitment, and the promise of a shared future. However, a recent Reddit post has sparked a heated debate after a woman shared her decision to reject her boyfriend’s proposal due to the perceived inadequacy of the engagement ring. The story has ignited discussions about the significance of material gestures in relationships and the expectations of generosity and care.
6 Figure Salary
“My boyfriend and I both make over $100K. I make more than him. He proposed with a ring that looked and felt cheap. He got a $500 ring off of Etsy. I said no to his proposal.”
She Values Generosity
“If I’m going to marry someone, I want them to be generous with others. If my children wanted to be in extracurriculars, I want a man who would not bat an eyelash if they needed new equipment. I would want a man who spends time with his children and would give them the best part of the meat or the last snack. I would want a man who thinks of others before himself.”
Marriage Should Be About Love
“He said it shouldn’t be about the ring but about the love we have for each other. I told him he clearly doesn’t love me enough if he cheaped out on a ring while buying himself a high-end Tesla.”
The Importance of Thoughtfulness
“I would have been happy with a $500 ring if it were a different man. If he was poor and that was what he could afford and he thought about the ring, I would’ve been happy.”
The Break Up
“I don’t feel like ruining my body and the rest of my earnings potential for a man who has demonstrated that he will not care about small things. I broke up with him.”
The Conflict of Priorities
“He wanted me to be a stay-at-home mom. Like I said, I’m not ruining my body and wasting my earnings potential for a man who is tight-fisted with other people and yet spends money on himself.”
A Gold Digger?
“He called me a gold digger. If I was, I’d get an older, wealthier man to pay my bills while I stay home. AITA?”
Many agreed with the original poster (OP)’s stance. One person said, “If he made $10k/year, you’d be in the wrong. But this situation is different. To those that think OP is the one only thinking of money, what about him? OP buying a 2k watch is all I needed to know about her supposed greed. To those that say it’s the thought that counts, He didn’t put any thought into the engagement ring. Actually, he did put too much thought into not spending too much money. He is showing the value he places on the marriage. This isn’t a modest ring, it is a cheap ring. There’s a difference.
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