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Personal Finance: Men worst for buying on impulse.

When it comes to our spending habits, it seems there are still some things we would rather keep secret from our partners, according to a new survey by Clerical Medical.

A surprising 61 per cent of those polled admitted they had lied to their partners about items they had bought on a recent impromptu shopping spree.

Yet contrary to popular opinion, it seems that when it comes to shopping, it's men rather than women, who are more likely to succumb to impulse buying and willingly lie to their partners about their latest purchases.

A sneaky 62 per cent of men confessed to being economical about the truth with their spur of the moment purchases

The online poll examined attitudes towards consumer spending among 4,500 shoppers.

High tech gadgets topped the shopping list for men, with digital cameras the current favourite, closely followed by other 'boys toys' such as palm top computers, MP3 players, mobile phones and CDs.

However women do not escape scot-free according to the survey.

Just under 60 per cent admitted to knocking a few pounds off the cost of their purchases while others try to make out 'they bought it ages ago'.

Clothes and shoes proved to be the most irresistible impulse buys for women.
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