Study Says Men Are More Likely Than Women to Lie About Shopping Sprees

A new survey tracks how the sexes spend money, when they try to hide their purchases, and why they fib.

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You know that super sexist sitcom trope that posits women will hide extravagant purchases from their significant others? The fact is, guys actually fib about their shopping sprees much more often than gals do.

In a recent poll of over 2,000 Americans of both genders, 41 percent of men admitted to actively lying to their partners about recent buys, compared with only 22 percent of women.

The survey, conducted by Voucher Cloud, also found that men are much worse about covering their tracks than women. Some 51 percent of guys have been caught lying about their spending, while only 34 percent of women's secret shopping gets found out.

Women, it seems, are also much more creative in their interpretation and retelling of how money is spent. Seventy-one percent of female participants said they downplay how much their new purchases cost, while 63 percent said they simply pretend brand-new items are old. Men, however, really commit to covering up how much they've shelled out: 64 percent of guys said they try to hide their spending altogether, and 59 percent do so by destroying their receipts. (Good news for paper shredder makers.)

Both men and women said they were more likely to lie about social expenditures (what today's youth calls "going out") than anything else. Sixty-one percent of the survey's respondents said they'd sooner hide the cost of cocktails (and cover charges) than a new pair of shoes. Fashion and beauty buys are the next most-hidden splurges, followed by events and hobbies, cars and other transportation costs, and finally vacations. This makes sense: It's hard to hide a week-long trip to Bali from your boyfriend.

Men and women ultimately agree on one big issue: The reason why they lie about spending in the first place. The overwhelming majority, about 83 percent, do it to avoid fights. Can't argue with that.

—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.

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