Do you have a sneaking suspicion that a third person has entered your relationship? Your instincts might be right. We’ve all wondered if the love of our life was being unfaithful at one time or another. Curiosity may be eating at you so much that you’re tempted to call in the professionals to find out if it is true. However, hiring a private investigator can be costly.
“For certain services such as background checks, looking up a vehicle registration or identifying a cell phone number, private investigators may charge a flat fee. Most commonly, though, private investigators charge an hourly rate. Depending on your location, complexity of the work, and expertise of the private investigator, fees can range from $40 to over $100 per hour with the average somewhere around $50 an hour in the United States,” according to Angie’s List.
Why part with your hard-earned cash if you don’t have to? Here are a few inexpensive ways to catch a cheater.
1. Check social media
One of your first stops should be your honey’s social media pages. This is a quick and low-cost way to start your search. Facebook is not only good for keeping up with friends and family, it can also be a tool for checking up on your significant other. Have you noticed that your guy or gal constantly comments on a “friend’s” photos and status updates? You might want to look into that. If the uptick in communication is sudden you might have a problem on your hands.
2. Use apps
There are plenty of free and low-cost apps that can help you uncover a partner’s infidelity. Furthermore, if you notice a suspicious app on your significant other’s phone, you should take notice. Although not specifically advertised as a cheating tool, one app that could be used this way is Vaulty Stocks. It looks like a stock app but it’s really used to hide secret pictures and videos. If you see this app on your honey’s phone, you should definitely be wondering what he or she has to hide.
3. Be observant
Is your love suddenly purchasing new clothes and spending hours on his or her appearance? If there has been a very quick change in your partner’s grooming habits, you may have a clue to something bigger that may be going on. Looking nice is one thing, but making a sudden effort to look extra special (especially on certain days of the week) might be a piece of the puzzle.
4. Monitor finances
Your finances can tell all your secrets. Keep an eye on any unusual purchases and pay attention to receipts. This is often a telltale sign there might be trouble in paradise. If you start noticing frequent hotel and late-night dinner charges, you may have your answer.
Asking the dreaded question is one of the most cost-effective ways to get to the bottom of things. Sometimes you have to stop playing guessing games and just come out and ask about the possible infidelity. If you’re shy about confronting your partner, you may want to start by asking mutual friends if they know anything. If all else fails, sit down and have a heart to heart with your loved one. Sometimes this is the only way to get a straight — and accurate — answer.