It sort of goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Don't take any of these as out and out guarantees your guy is about to pop the big question. I don't want anyone getting all excited and putting a down payment on their dream venue just because their boyfriend seems to maybe fit a few of the items on this list. There are always other explanations. But do these mean he could be proposing soon, especially if he's doing most of them? Quite possibly.
1. He's started acting really shady and you know he would never cheat on you.
If a guy can't account for lost time, hides his phone, and generally acts sketchy, there are usually only two reasons why: He is either cheating on you or planning a massive surprise.
2. He's suddenly gotten very frugal with his budget.
He could be saving up for anything. It could be football season tickets. It could be any number of things. But it could be an engagement ring.
3. All of his friends are getting engaged.
Granted, this doesn't mean he's going to fall in lockstep with everyone else just because, but if you're at the age and everyone around you is tying the knot, it could be the kick in the ass he needs.
4. He disappears when you're out shopping.
Was he scoping out engagement rings while you were browsing for a new bikini? Some guys might take the time to do some recon work while you're distracted. But why run the risk of you finding out instead of going alone? If he is browsing around for an engagement ring like this, he's probably in the very early stages, so hold tight. Alternatively, maybe you live in the middle of Siberia and can only get to the shops once a month, making his shopping behaviours completely indecipherable.
5. Your parents start acting very coy.
He might have gone to them for permission first, so if you have a mum or dad that can't keep a secret, see if they drop any massive hints or sideways glances whenever you mention another one of your friends getting engaged.
6. Your jewelery box is definitely not the way you left it.
It's entirely possible that he was double-checking your ring size. Just keep in mind that not all rings come with the promise of eternal love. Some of them are just regular rings. And, unless he's the kind of guy that's incredibly blunt, if he outright asks you for your ring size, it's almost definitely not for an engagement ring. Although, maybe he's really slick and is asking so he's prepared a few years later when you've forgotten he's even asked. Props to this guy.
7. You've noticed he's gotten texts from your friends and family that he almost never talks to.
He could be getting some input on the kind of ring you want (assuming you haven't dropped hints on your own). Maybe he's planning a post-engagement surprise party or trying to plan the best way to propose.
8. You found the ring.
WHY ARE YOU SNOOPING AROUND, YOU RUINED THE SURPRISE????!!!
9. He's made uncharacteristically romantic dinner/date/vacation plans.
Unless you've got a birthday, anniversary or a potential promotion at work coming up, he's probably setting this all up for the big question. If he sends you on a romantic scavenger hunt, the odds increase even more. Same for a tour of all the places you've ever met. Or if he starts doing something crazy and has a friend filming him in the hopes that it becomes a viral engagement video.
10. He's dressed up for no reason.
Maybe he's on a Mad Men bender, or he just wants to reinvent himself. Or, you know, he wants to look good for the inevitable engagement photo. It really depends on just how weird it is to see him in a suit.
11. He's getting down on one knee.
This is it. Especially if he's hit every other point on this list, I'd say it's now reasonable to get excited about the whole thing.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.