In a recent article by Yahoo! and CNN Money entitled "I Married a Secret Spender," the author explores behavior of spouses or significant others who hide their spending. In some of the cases, the behavior of the "secret spender" is similar to the behavior of secret drinkers. The article explores several case studies.
In the first, the wife tells of her husband who is a secret spender. He buys new clothes and tells his wife that he had them previously. Later, though, the wife find tags for the new clothes in the garbage. This wife says that it is usually clothes but that her husband has brought home jet skis, a motorcycle and even an old Chevy Blazer. She says that they have a garage and a storage unit full of things that the husband has bought. She is concerned because she has young children who she feels might be deterimentally impacted by her husband's spending habits.