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According to CBS everybody knows the love of money is the root of all evil, but a new study suggests Americans may love their money even more than their spouse.

Forbes released a new survey Thursday of over 2,000 American adults showing 3 out of 10 couples who have combined finances are guilty of “financial infidelity”, or lying to their spouses about how they spend their money.

In what the financial magazine dubs “the new normal”, 31 percent of couples admitted to hiding cash or entire bank accounts and concealing any personal earnings or debt — often leading to separation or divorce, according to the survey.

The Harris Interactive online poll, which conducted the survey along with the National Endowment for Financial Education, says by far the most common deception was hiding cash, which 58 percent admitted doing, while approximately the same number of respondents confessed to hiding a minor purchase, along with up to 30 percent who said they hid a bill or a bank account.

Nearly one-third of respondents accused their spouse of lying to them about finances and say both sexes are equally deceptive when it comes to money.

A mutual agreement on finances is advised when a person involved in a relationship is considering surgery. Dr. O’Toole explains to his patients that plastic surgery should be an experience with little to no stress. Patients recovering from procedures like a facelift or rhinoplasty may need supportive encouragement to help  get through what can be an initial disappointment when they see the bruising and swelling immediately after surgery. Of course, with time everything heals and looks fabulous. Stress about money should not be an unwanted added burden.

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