How to Hide Gifts From Your Partner When You Share Bank Accounts
You probably don't want to make a habit of hiding stuff from a partner or spouse, but a little secrecy is in order when you're trying to surprise them with a gift. When you share financial accounts, it's easy to ruin the surprise. However, there are a few tricks to get around this problem.
Sign Up for Amazon Household
The service allows you to add another adult to your account along with four teens and four children, which comes in handy when you're trying to hide
Before buying, make sure your partner is logged out of your account and into their own on all of their devices. Otherwise, they may still get notifications when you buy them stuff.
Delete Your Amazon History
Another alternative is to simply delete your browsing history on Amazon. This way, at least your partner won't see that you've been shopping for that new juicer he's been eyeing. To do this, navigate to the "Browsing History" link under the search bar from the Amazon homepage. You'll see a list of all the crap you've looked at, and you can simply hit "Delete" on the stuff you don't want Amazon to remember.
Take it a step further and navigate to the "Improve Your Recommendations" list and tell Amazon to ignore certain items you've already purchased.
Turn off Push Notifications
You don't want your partner to see their gift pop up on your phone while it's sitting on the table either. Over at MarketWatch, consumer expert Andrea Woroch suggests turning off your push notifications :
Sometimes, for example, you'll get an email confirmation when a purchase ships and it will show up as a push notification on your smartphone. If the phone is out in the open, that message might pop up and the family could see it.
If you use Google Assistant, you might want to tweak your settings to exclude certain notifications, too. Navigate to Settings > Personal and uncheck email so that your phone won't show updates on shipments for online purchases.
Keep Targeted Ads From Ruining Your Surprise
Facebook and other social platforms can also kill your surprise (case in point: this spoiled engagement ) by showing you ads related to things you've looked at online. Here's what one security expert suggested over at Money:
...install a tool such as Adblock Plus (which blocks some or all ads according to filters checked by the user), Privacy Badger (which automatically blocks trackers or ads that it deems to violate "the principle of user consent"), or some combination of several blockers.
We've suggested Adblock Plus as well, and here are a few other recommendations . You can also shop online in private browsing mode so that your browser doesn't save your history.
Use Gift Cards or Cash
If you and your partner share a credit card or are just privy to each other's purchases, cash is a no-brainer option, at least for in-store spending. Just head to an ATM and take what you need to cover the purchase. But if, for whatever reason, you don't want to use an ATM (fees, maybe?), buy a gift card from the grocery store instead. You can either buy a gift card to the store itself or just buy a prepaid gift card (again, these might come with fees, though).
Don't forget: many online and even some in-store retailers accept Paypal or Google Wallet as a form of payment. Depending on the store, you can also just pay with these accounts, and "Paypal" will show up on your credit card statement or on your budgeting app.
Hide the Transaction Name on Mint
If you share a Mint account with your partner, you can hide your transactions one of two ways: hide an entire account or just hide individual, specific purchases. Mint.com explains:
You can hide your account either from all of Mint.com or from the budgets and trends section only.
Here's how to hide an account:
- Click the Settings link at the top of the page.
- Click the Hide icon in the left side bar menu.
- Select the radio button for the account you wish to hide and decide if you want to hide it from Budgets and Trends or Everywhere.
If you just want to hide specific transactions, head to "Edit details" over the transaction, check the box that says "this is a duplicate," then make sure duplicate transactions are hidden. From the transactions page, click the Gear icon and select "Hide duplicate transactions." You can also just edit and change transaction itself Mint so it shows up with a different name.
This way, instead of "Best Buy," your transaction might read something like, "Holiday Spending" or "Don't Look if You Don't Want to Ruin Your Surprise."