Affluenza – The New Epidemic

Be honest – have you ever bought something expensive and then hid it from your husband or lied about it? I think “Affluenza” or over shopping has become something of an epidemic among women lately. For some people it’s shoes or clothes, for others it’s pretty things for the home, or craft and hobby supplies.

Because I run a rubber stamping and scrap booking business, I’ve seen this up close and personal. I’ve had customers buy products from me that I know they aren’t going to use and some of them boast of hiding their purchases from their husbands. I’ve even seen T-shirts – “I can have all the scrapbooking products I can hide”.

A friend of mine had a customer purchase $900 worth of stamps in her first order. Now, how can you possibly use that much stuff? I guarantee you those stamps are sitting in a closet somewhere gathering dust. I don’t even have $900 worth of stuff and I run a business where I use mine constantly.

I guess I’m more sensitive to the husband thing because I’ve been on the receiving end of it. I’m very proud that I’ve never lied to my husband about ANYTHING in our 25 year marriage. If I buy something and he asks about it, I’m very up front about it. Here’s what I bought and here’s what I paid for it – if he doesn’t like it, too bad. But he hasn’t always been that way with me. One time, he bought some expensive camera equipment on a credit account and hid the bills from me for months. When I finally did find out, I was furious!

So how ’bout you? Do you suffer from “Affluenza”? If so, do you hide it from your husband or significant other? Why? How do you justify it and what problems does it create for you?


  1. Absolutely not! I grew up with a mom who is a compulsive shopper and listening to my parents scream at each other about money. I won’t do that in my marriage.

    My husband sometimes spends when he shouldn’t and without checking with me (I manage the money and we’re on a tight budget), but he never lies about it.

    We have enough things to fight about. Why throw money into it?

    I do, however, have thousands of dollars worth of stamps stored from when I was a demonstrator. I rarely use them and keep thinking I should get rid of them. I just haven’t gotten there yet. Maybe some day. You’ve got me reconsiderating now.

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

  2. My husband does this to me often with the food stamps. Yes, it exists on that level, too. I’ll go to buy the groceries and there will mysteriously be thirty or forty dollars fewer than I calculated. When I ask him about it he’ll fess up to siphoning out a few dollars at a time for candy and soda when I’m not paying attention.

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