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My friend *Dina related her experience with financial infidelity. It was so jarring that it forced the realization upon me that financial infidelity was in many ways just as devastating as sexual infidelity. There are many similarities: secrecy, lies, and a double life. Only in this case the "mistress" takes the form of credit cards and hidden bank accounts. Dina recounts, "Before we married, my husband and I had only briefly and superficially discussed money matters. We were young and a conversation about money was just not at the top of our list. We both worked and had great credit so it did not seem like our financials were an issue in any way."
Dina and her husband eventually bought a house and new car. Everything seemed to be fine until, "The phone rang one day when I was home alone. It was our electric company. They told me our electric bill was quite delinquent and wanted to know when we would be making a payment." (Read more)