A recent poll conducted by FTC

finds that many people in a committed relationship have lied about purchases or their spending habits. While most of the responses focused on small shopping purchases and other more minor issues, there were some more significant concerns as well.

Here’s a quick list of some of the survey’s findings.

• 46 percent of people have lied about money to a partner
• 32 percent of women and 17 percent of men have hidden purchases from a partner
• Just 8 percent of men would pretend a new purchase was old (more than 25 percent of women admitted it)
• Women were 25 percent more likely to lie about purchases, and 50 percent more likely to hide receipts.

Honesty Remains the Best Policy

Despite the issues that some couples face, 70 percent of women and 63 percent of men felt that being honest about money issues was critical, saying it was just as important as remaining faithful.

Other experts told the source that money is a frequent source of relationship stress, and stressed that if debt is an issue they should be open to it. Taking out cash loans to cover secret purchases isn’t a productive step.

The poll concluded by saying that 13 percent of respondents had broken up or divorced over secret spending habits or other money issues, making honesty as a major relationship issue.

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