Kay jewelers has sales all the time. We just got our bands there this past week and paid $500 for both. Mine was more because I got diamonds in mine to match my ER. We can always upgrade in the future these are temporary
What if your ring budget? Zales has a gorgeous bridal set for $90 that I am kind of obsessed with for some reason. It's not diamond, but that means nothing to me. I showed it to my FH, but apparently he has something else up his sleeve. (We have a special tradition with blue stones being that the first piece of jewelry he gave me has blue diamond chips and so does my engagement ring (a teeny pretty blue diamond).
My engagement ring is actually from pandora! My fiancé knew he wanted to ask me last Christmas but then was in an accident and put out of work 6-8 weeks and it was all he could afford. Although I am totally in love with it and get compliments on it all the time. So don’t worry about your bad being cheaper! I wear mine daily and I only take it off when I shower/wash dishes. It’s still beautiful and sparkly! I think I’m going to get the stackable ones that have the tear drop shape to add on both sides of mine!