Hard truth time, y’all: In a poll conducted by the National Endowment for Financial Education, the nonprofit found that one in three partnered Americans has lied to his or her significant other about their finances. For most, this consisted of hiding receipts or keeping another bank account, but 13 percent of those polled admitted to lying about the amount of their income or debt level.
That’s like Lifetime movie-level deception! The NEFE has dubbed this phenomenon “financial infidelity.” Since so many couples argue about money, this is certainly a serious issue that should be discussed in serious terms. But all indiscretions are not equal here. Tossing out a receipt for a candy bar doesn’t make me a cheater on par with that guy who pretended to be a Rockefeller.