From The Confessional: Your Money Secrets

In one way or another, money plays a huge role in almost everyone’s life. But it is also one of the most sensitive subjects there is. So whether you have too much or not enough, chances are you avoid going into great detail with your friends, family, Facebook followers…maybe even your own partner. Here are 33 stories — about everything from secret credit card debt to a surprise inheritance — that readers saved for our anonymous confessional.

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I am The Giver. I send random $$ to $$ transfer apps, buy gifts from Amazon wishlists, and choose new wellness moms to clean their homes for free. I say relatives paid for it so they wonder who in their family was so nice and relations improve too

Confessional #25786316

I won $500 on a scratch off lottery ticket and didn’t tell DH or the kids.

Confessional #9321618

I started telling DH to go get a lottery scraper. He jumped on how stupid it is, what a waste of money, just blah blah idiots. I told him he was right, I won’t go looking for a ticket. So, SM, I’m going to keep the $2,500 I won this morning for myself.

Confessional #20593884

I found a nice ring at the thrift store and my 4 year old “bought” it, paid 50c. It’s too big for her so I wear it and a jeweler friend asked me where I got my sapphire because someone has to love me. Turns out it’s worth over $600…

Confessional #9274583

Our pay scale changed and mine was supposed to drop by $300. But that was not the case. Someone from HR messed up and my pay went up $300 instead. And I don’t tell anyone.

Confessional #8214012

I think it’s rude when people take advantage of inherited money and refuse to admit the benefits it has given them.

Confessional #25871350

I won $5,045 at the casino last Thursday but I can’t tell my family because they always need the money and I always give it to them. So my husband and I booked a trip to New Orleans to see one of our favorite bands. And I paid the CC bills. I agree with that

Confessional #14716903

I paid off a secret debt of 12,600 cc on my own, over a period of 2-3 years

Confessional #7857764

I won a little lottery. Instead of blowing up stupid shit for me, I donated to neighbors for fertility treatment. Just enough for 4 treatments. #3 worked! Helping is much better than buying a boat!

Confessional #4980654

When I was a cashier, I used to “accidentally” slip stuff on the belt if I felt a family needed it but couldn’t afford it. No guilt about it.

Confessional #7900398

After 5 years of not being able to buy anything for myself, not even underwear due to poverty. I won a substantial amount of money.

Confessional #2169324

Six-figure salary, tiny house, 10-year-old cars, few vacations. But we have money in savings and we can retire at the end of our quarantine if we want. Not needing to impress anyone is priceless.

Confessional #7079236

Finally reached the middle class after being slightly above the poverty line for years. I saved 2k and can buy things if I need to. Never thought this could happen. Never had this kind of security before.

Confessional #6646737

H’s salary is about to double by doing a new job that he really loves. He is SO much nicer to be around and I can shop at Whole Foods and Nordstrom instead of WalMart. I feel stuck saying this, but I’m happy too.

Confessional #9411626

H just got his annual raise, but combined with the increased health deductions, we are now $140 a week short. He’s a nurse. This is how our caregivers are treated. Greedy corporate f*cks.

Confessional #25870674

I live in the Bay Area and will never make enough money to own a house here. Even if I could pay the mortgage, I would need a down payment of at least $200,000, maybe more, to make a competitive offer. So disgusted about this.

Confessional #25870726

Every time I go to the grocery store, I withdraw another $50 with my debit card. I use the money to buy shoes that my husband would never approve of.

Confessional #1312206

I couldn’t really afford Christmas this year, but I insisted that DS2 had SOMETHING to open, so I went to Dollar Tree and got him 4 presents. Wrap them in newspaper. He loves them. Glad he’s still young enough not to care about money

Confessional #2133421

My SON recently passed away and we were all devastated. I just found out he was secretly worth millions. Literal millions. He was such a humble man, none of us had a clue. We are ready for life and I have no words to express how I feel.

Confessional #6275777

I was about to become homeless because I can’t afford this house as a single mother. I found low-income apartments and the office helped me with the paperwork and pushed us to the top of the list. I can’t forget that we will be able to afford to eat now!!

Confessional #13653161

If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy wouldn’t be a car, a house, paying off loans, etc. I would buy about 20 bras and feel like a queen.

Confessional #1838630

0 dollars in our bank account until payday, but take the kids to the library, park and sing in the car. They are so happy. They don’t know we’re broke. They make life worth living.

Confessional #15821558

Last year my kids got lottery tickets in their stocking stuffers, but they were too lazy/spoiled to care. I scratched them, one of them was a winner for a few hundred dollars. I cashed the ticket, kept the money and didn’t tell the kids.

Confessional #8633837

I just paid off 20,000 in credit card debt that my DH had no idea about. Determined to NEVER let this happen again. The guilt was terrible.

Confessional #2179133

I hid 5k of CC debt from my husband. He discovered. He found out, asked me if I wanted to go to therapy, and said, “Don’t worry, we’ll fix it.” I married a fucking saint.

Confessional #7674466

I was at my kind of lousy annual exam at work and they casually mentioned that I would get a merit raise. I expected almost nothing. They gave me a $7,000 raise! After taxes/401,000, I get an extra $475 a month! It’s incredible.

Confessional #25842034

I’m short on money right now, but the bills are paid and the fridge and pantry are full, so all is well.

Confessional #25871092

I missed a lot of time at work today. I’m sure I’ll be fired. I won’t have money to pay my bills or feed my children.

Confessional #25870702

I would like to go to university. I left with good grades but the most basic grades, only gcses. If I had a degree, I could do my dream job and get paid well for it. The only thing stopping me from doing it now? I can’t afford £20,000.

Confessional #25870966

I became a millionaire overnight. It’s uncomfortable and I don’t want anyone to know about it, not even my family; it’s been almost a week. I have read these confessions and I have been most of them. I would take the money to the grave if it meant no one found out.

Confessional #25871043

If everyone could work from home or earn enough money from a side hustle, don’t you think we’d all be doing just that?

Confessional #25871074

I was scared of my MIL the other day when I told him that if DH and I won the lottery, we wouldn’t tell ANYBODY to ever disappear. Yes, that includes her and she knows it.

Confessional #25871150

If I ever became a millionaire, I wouldn’t tell anyone. I would just act normal – keep working, keep living in this apartment, keep driving my 9 year old car. I would be poor rich. Then I would leave the $$ to my children and grandchildren after I die. Surprise!

Confessional #25871093

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