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'It Only Cost $10,' and Other Common Lies

July 23, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

About 40% of married Americans admit keeping a secret from their spouses, but most have nothing to do with an affair or fantasy, a new poll has found. The most common secret is how much they spend.

Of those with a secret, 48% said they had not told their spouses about the real price of something they bought, according to the poll, being published in the August issue of Reader's Digest.

The second most-kept secrets, at about 15%, are about a failure at work or a child's behavior.

Only 2% of respondents said they had an extramarital affair that remained a secret.

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