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Americans Say Financial Infidelity Is Just as Bad as Physical Cheating

Transgressions include holding secret debts, using an undisclosed credit card and having a hidden checking or savings account.

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Having an affair isn’t the only way to ruin your relationship. More than half of Americans think that financially cheating on a partner is just as bad or even worse than the physical act, according to a new survey.

Such transgressions involve keeping financial accounts and behaviors a secret from a better half. This includes spending more than a partner would be comfortable with, holding secret debts, using an undisclosed credit card and having a hidden checking or savings account.