On second and goal, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called for a pass instead of sending Marshawn Lynch plowing across the goal line. Ben Affleck hopped a private jet from the Bahamas to Vegas with his nanny instead of his Hollywood-actress wife. Shame-faced Volkswagen execs admitted they’d tweaked the software in their diesel engines to be able to cheat on emissions tests.
Chances are, you committed some absolutely avoidable, almost comically boneheaded errors this year, too—with your money. And while they may not be on the same level as whiffing on a surefire Super Bowl win, making Jennifer Garner want to divorce you, or losing upwards of $18 billion on a single vehicle recall, they cost you nonetheless.
So I asked several financial experts to tell us the most expensive preventable mistakes they commonly see committed and what to do to avoid them. Because, let’s face it: The worst kind of mistake is the one you saw coming.