By Diana Crandall / December 5, 2018

Are You Financially Cheating on Your Partner?

There’s another version of micro-cheating you probably haven’t considered.


Cheated on your partner lately?

We don’t mean like that. Have you hid a purchase or a receipt? Do you have a secret credit card? A place you stash a little extra cash?

All of this is considered “financial infidelity,” according to a new study, Maxim reports, and it’s yet another type of micro-cheating that can spoil an otherwise perfect partnership. 

Defined as “any purposeful financial deceit between two or more individuals” who have “a stated or unstated belief in mutual honest communication around financial matters,” there are 14 specific behaviors that run the gamut: Little lies, like pretending a new purchase is an old one, and massive lies, like gambling away money or hiding a bonus. Take a look at the full list below. Are you guilty?

– Pretending a new purchase is an old one

– Saying you bought something on sale but paid full price

– Hiding purchases and receipts

– Taking money out of savings without telling your partner

– Hiding credit card statements

– Having a secret credit card

– Having a secret stash of money

– Concealing debt

– Keeping a raise or bonus a secret

– Spending money on the kids in secret

– Gambling money away in secret

– Lying about the price of a purchase

– Spending money on pornographic materials or strip clubs in secret

– Filing for bankruptcy without telling your partner

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