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The average male will spend £12,663 over the course of his lifetime on purchases his partner knows absolutely nothing about, according to new a study.
Researchers from ao.com carried out an in-depth study of the nation’s spending habits and revealed in the last 12 months the average adult has made six purchases behind their loved ones back – with the average man having coughed up £201 without his partner knowing.
Women have spent £47 less on secret purchases in the last 12 months, totalling £154 in a year (£9,702 over the course of her lifetime).
According to the poll, men are most likely to secretly splash out on tech (35 per cent of men admit to buying tech behind their partner’s back), followed by clothes (25 per cent) and luxury food items (21 per cent).
Some 43 percent of women secretly buy clothes, however nearly one in ten (8 percent) secretly splash out on things for the home.
Three in ten couples have had arguments about ‘secret spending’ the poll finds.
A quarter of both men and women polled said they get all their new purchases delivered to their place of work to avoid prying eyes at home.
The poll discovered a third of adults keep their secret purchases at the back of their wardrobe, but a crafty one in ten leave them at their place of work to ensure they aren’t found out.
Ao.com's director of customer experience David Atherton says, 'We are all guilty of making the odd purchase and then keeping it secret.
'Often we just can’t resist a bargain or need a little item to cheer ourselves up. However, there is a difference between treating ourselves every now and then to hiding big purchases from our loved ones.
'My advice would be to shop around together. Deals can be a great help when deciding on whether or not you want to purchase an item and agree on the things you need. By doing it this way, you’re likely to stay within your budget and can then enjoy the new items, guilt free.'
Some 46 percent of respondents say they keep their purchases undercover because their partner wouldn’t be interested or care and 22 per cent said their other half would moan about the cost.