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Spend Secret

August 13th, 2010 at 01:27 pm

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article called "Are you a Secret Spender?" Among the signs of being a Secret Spender, my favorite one is "sneaking out and bought an item in the middle of the night". Exactly what can be bought by sneaking out in the middle of the night? Big Grin

"Pssst. Over here. You like baby wipes? Yeah? You want some baby wipes? I got just the thing. Please come over to my car trunk and peruse the merchandise."

All joking aside, I confess that I too was a Secret Spender once, back when I was married. I bought a rifle without my ex's knowledge or consent. I did that because we were so bad with money that, I figured that was the only way I was going to able to "keep" anything for myself. Otherwise, I felt like I was grinding everyday simply to fulfill her shopping list of wishes and demands, with nothing to show for myself.

Now, normally, one would think that she would be upset, but it turned out that she was not. Well, not terribly. She too was a spender, and instead, basically couldn't understand why I spent our money on that when we could've spent it on something else we can both enjoy instead. Yeah, such as it is when you put two spenders together....

But those were my deep, dark days. So, now that I told you mine, anybody want to fess up to their secret spendings? Big Grin

5 Responses to “Spend Secret”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Nope, I don't have any. I don't like to shop and have not been to a mall in over 10 years!!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Ah, it's also good to know when people are not secret spenders. Anybody else here NOT a secret spender?

  3. baselle Says:

    That was an interesting article. I can't say that I'm a secret spender per se, but I don't discuss my spending with DH. I buy things and sometimes DH notices "say, is that new?" and sometimes he doesn't. And after he notices, I get to mention how much (little) it cost. Our finances are separate.

    It also reads like secret spending really becomes a problem if the finances are blended because then it seems to me that the secret spending a reflex against the person who really controls the joint money.

    Around here what would really be interesting is being a secret saver. Wouldn't surprise me that we have a couple of those around here.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Interesting article...I guess I'm not a secret spender. Neither is my husband, so I guess we are blessed on that front.

    Do you still have the rifle?

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    No Rob. I sold it long ago to help pay for my divorce lawyer. In an odd sort of way, it turned out to not be a bad investment in that, if I didn't buy the rifle, I would not have had that extra fund for the divorce lawyer.

    Nowadays, I could easily buy it back (and there would be no one around to object), but of course, I see it now as an expensive hobby. As such, I have yet to buy it back. Even with my interests and hobbies, I am trying to be as practical as possible.

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