Readers to the rescue – Credit snooping

Is it ethical to check on a spouse’s credit card balances? –M., Sioux City, Iowa

Your spouse could have bought you a gift and you’d spoil the fun. But if you really want to see the card balance, I would ask and set a time to go over all of your statements together. –Angela Kidwell-West, Louisville

If you’re curious, ask your spouse. Otherwise it’s up there with reading a personal diary. –John Champoux, Breckenridge, Colo.

No, it’s not ethical. If you suspect your spouse is running up high balances_ for example, if you see a lot of new purchases in the closet, be direct and ask, “How did you afford this?” –Kwame Flaherty, Queens, N.Y.

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