An online survey by Virgin Money to find out just how many of us hide purchases from our significant others has revealed startling results.
The survey showed that 80% of respondents admitted to hiding purchases from a spouse or partner while 4% claimed that their other half left them once they found out about the sneaky spending.
The Virgin Money survey revealed that when it came to the fairer sex, 76% said their secret shopping was for shoes and clothes, 11% said it was for jewellery, 4% for handbags, 4% naughty bedroom toys and 3% for perfume.
And 2% said they bought for cars and apartments without their other half knowing!
True to form, 41% of men said that their untold purchases were on technology like big screen TV’s, (they didn’t say how they managed to watch a TV in secret), while 19% said it was spent on clothes, 16% claimed sporting goods and 9% admitted to adults magazines and movies.
Staggering, 9% owned up to buying cars and apartments without telling their other while 6% bought gifts for the mistresses according to the Virgin Money survey.
When it came to how much was spent on these purchases, 63% of the purchases were for less than R500, 19% spent between R500 and R1000, 10% between R1000 and R3000, 5% between R3000 and R7000 and 1% between R7000 and R10 000.
And a rich 2% spent more than R10 000.
When came to fessing up, 65% of respondents in the Virgin Money survey said that they later confessed to the clandestine buys but got varied reactions.
62% of respondents said their other half’s reaction was mild annoyance and 22% laughed it off. Only 2% said their partners were incandescent with rage while 10% reported that there partners were un-amused but accepting.
An unlucky 4% of people claimed that there partners had left them after owning up.
Of those who have yet to confess, 65% said they still plan to.