Dorothy waited until her husband wasn’t around.
She’d tiptoe into her Buford house and hide the latest object of her affection in a closet or under the bed. She’d toss the paper trail in the trash.
A poll released last month by Harris Interactive found that about one in every three Americans in a committed relationship is guilty of this growing breed of infidelity — not the kind that occurs under sheets, but in shopping carts.
Stealth spending is becoming so common, it’s almost a given.
Couples hiding ka-ching rings from each other
Whether financial fibbing raises a red flag depends on a couple’s income and the depth of the deception. But a pattern of lying about spending can damage long-term planning, as well as lead to credit problems, and can eventually hurt the bond of trust and the overall relationship. (more…)