Di­a­mond ring drama

The State (Sunday) - - Palmetto - BY JEANNE PHILLIPS

DEAR ABBY: My girl­friend and I love each other very much and have been liv­ing to­gether with our chil­dren for five years. We in­tend to get mar­ried soon. Here is the rub: She be­lieves she should re­ceive a di­a­mond ring as part of the pro­posal.

I would marry her to­mor­row, but I don’t be­lieve in spend­ing thou­sands of dol­lars. I un­der­stand that some­how she equates her value/so­cial sta­tus with the size of her wed­ding ring, but I don’t agree.

She has of­fered to chip in and even buy one from a used wed­ding site, but I’d rather spend that money on some­thing more prac­ti­cal that she can en­joy. I can find the money to buy the ring, but I don’t see the value.

What do I do? Cave in and give her what she wants be­cause I love her? Or push for a com­pro­mise?

– Hung Up On The Ring In


DEAR HUNG UP: Give her the ring. It will be cheaper in the long run. Trust me on that.

Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at www.dearabby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

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