Men will spend nearly £13,000 in their lives on “secret” purchases


The average male will spend £12,663 over the course of his lifetime, on purchases his partner knows absolutely nothing about, according to new research.

Researchers from, ahead of Black Friday, 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 wife or 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 percent of men admit to buying tech behind their partner’s back), followed by clothes (25 percent) and luxury food items (21 percent).

Unsurprisingly, 43 percent of women secretly buy clothes, however nearly one in ten (8 percent) secretly splash out on things for the home.

Unsurprisingly then, three in ten of couples have had arguments about ‘secret spending’ the poll by found.