"82% of all respondents surveyed said they hide shopping bags and purchases from their partner." -- source: PayPal survey.
I used to look like a well-dressed "bag lady." Here's the drill: Go shopping, ditch the pretty shopping bags and swap tagged merchandise in to old grocery sacks. No one would guess that after a day at the office, I was carting home a week's salary worth of clothes, shoes and scarves in worn plastic sacks.
And I might have looked a bit disreputable at the bus stop, but there was a method to my shopping madness. Once at home, I would slide the new stuff into my closet and let it sit there for a while.
Here's the scenario:
Hubby: Ooh. Pretty. Is that new?
Me: (laugh). This old thing? I've had it for a while.
Fortunately, I've halted my secret shopping act & here's how and why:
1. I started working from home. No need to go downtown; fewer opportunities & excuses to shop.
2. I stopped checking out weekly sale items. I now limit my binges to end of summer sales.
3. I've restricted the colors in my wardrobe. Mostly black clothes in the winter and a narrow band of colors during the rest of the year. Fewer colors means fewer opportunities to match, accessorize or spend.
4. I rarely wear prints & patterns: Ditto.
5. I started living and stopped lying (to myself) about my unhealthy shopping habits.
6. I finally realized that the best bargains are the sales I leave in the store.
Meanwhile, the PayPal survey also offered other interesting tidbits about love, sex & money:
· Money beats out sex and house-cleaning as the number one issue couples fight about - 37% of young couples report that they fight more about money than cleaning (34%) or frequency of sex (28%)
· Couples use money as a means of control in their relationship - 57% of all respondents surveyed feel that money is used as a means of control in their relationship, determining when and how they choose to shop
· Lack of money is the biggest financial fear - for 43% of respondents: not having enough money to live the lives they want.
Source: PayPal’s “Can’t Buy Me Love” Survey findings, with input from Carmen Wong Ulrich, an author,-- Generation Debt: Take Control of Your Money (Warner Books) -- advice columnist, freelance editor, and former projects editor at Money magazine.
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