Compulsive spending habits can wreck a marriage, especially if they're kept under cover. Some partners go as far as to send shipments to friends' houses or the office as a cover-up.
"Compulsive spenders lie about the amount of money they spend, how often they spend money and what they spend money on," says Paul Hokemeyer
, a licensed marriage and family therapist.
"It destroys relationships because the non-spending partner typically has no clue over the extent of the spending that's going on and wakes up to a bankruptcy or unmanageable debt that in turns makes them feel betrayed, taken advantage of and humiliated."