This week: Let us count the ways we're sort of stupid.

$15 billion

Americans paid $15 billion in overdraft fees last year, according to data released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Simply overdrawing on your bank account by a few dollars could slap you with an overdraft fee or a non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee. As an example, Wells Fargo charges $35 for each NSF.

$35, 329

Cost of an average wedding in 2016, according to the latest survey from The Knot. That’s a lot of dough to say, “I do.”

75 percent

Americans who “have felt uncertain about whether they locked their doors when they have left home,” according to Schlage — a lock company. Two groups are the worst offenders: “83 percent of millennials and 81 percent of parents have experienced this.”

25 percent

American who believe “it’s possible to catch a cold by going outside in cold weather without a coat,” according to Merck. It’s not. Also, “28 percent believe that a bad cold can turn into the flu, when in reality the common cold and the flu are distinctly different.”

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