These purchases harken back to a time when far fewer women worked and in some cases received allowances from their husbands, whose hold on the family purse strings enforced their power as head of household. But today, even though about 56.2 percent of women 16 and older work and though marriage has become much more of a partnership of equals, a surprising number of women still find it necessary to hide how much they spend on personal items, especially stereotypical female indulgences like clothing.“Women have this fear about their spouse’s reaction to their shopping bills,” said Amy DiFrisco, who was a witness to cash buying as a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman for nearly a decade. “Cash lets them avoid that confrontation.”
Realistically speaking I don't ever plan on money laundering my grocery bills, but once I did resist buying a magazine off the rack in Sean's presence and then go back later and buy it. (He caught me. Ha.)
Side note: I think (and so does Mozilla's spell check) that the New York Times spelled "hearken" wrong.