Most Americans say they’ve made big financial mistakes, with many people costing themselves thousands of dollars, according to a new poll.
Two-thirds of people surveyed acknowledged making one “really bad financial decision,” with 47% admitting to more than one bone-headed move.
The $5,000 median loss — the point at which half the people lost less than that amount and half lost more — was bad enough.
But the average hit was far worse — a whopping $23,000 — because some people really screwed up.
Eleven percent of respondents lost more than $50,000 while 2% cost themselves more than $200,000.
Of course, many people consider themselves to be financial geniuses despite their flubs. Roughly four-fifths of people rated themselves "good" or "excellent" at family budgeting and handling credit card debt. About two-thirds of people gave themselves high marks for retirement savings and getting a mortgage loan.
The survey was conducted by the Consumer Federation of America and Primerica.
The pollsters, though, should admit to making a big mistake themselves: They don’t reveal any of the mistakes people made. How exactly do you lose $200,000?