Spending money on non-essentials is the top regret in Washington, D.C., Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin. Washington, D.C., also has the highest percentage of respondents who named living above my means as their top regret — 21 percent.
At 22 percent, Wyoming has the highest percentage of respondents who regret falling into debt — closely followed by Nevada at 21 percent. It's not surprising, considering that debt is the top cause of financial stress in both of these states, a separate GOBankingRates' survey found.
Kentucky and Maine have the highest percentage of respondents who regret not investing in the stock market, with about 20 percent of respondents in both states choosing this option. And at 24 percent, Hawaii has the highest percentage of residents who regret paying for college. This might be because education is the No. 1 source of financial stress in Hawaii.
Methodology: This GOBankingRates survey posed the following question to 5,037 Americans: Of the following, which has been your biggest financial regret in 2017? Respondents could choose one of seven answers: 1) Falling into debt, 2) Living above my means, 3) Not investing in the stock market, 4) Not saving enough money, 5) Paying for college 6) Spending money on non-essentials, or 7) Other. Responses were collected through a Google Consumer Survey conducted from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2017, and responses are representative of the U.S. online population. The survey has a 4.5 percent margin of error.
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This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.