Skip to Content
Close Icon

Beachwood Office (888) 801-1666 Open Geo Locator

Your Preferred Branch

Beachwood Change Location

25201 Chagrin Boulevard
Suite 120
Beachwood, OH 44122

Phone: (216) 359-5580
Fax: (216) 359-5581

View Driving Directions

Change Preferred Branch

  • Beachwood Office
    25201 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 120 - Beachwood

  • Chardon Office
    348 Center Street P.O Box 1078 - Chardon

  • Cortland Office
    3450 Niles-Cortland Road - Cortland

  • Dublin Office
    6215 Perimeter Drive - Dublin

  • Garrettsville Office
    8058 State Street - Garrettsville

  • Lake County Loan Production Office
    8373 Mentor Avenue - Mentor

  • Mantua Office
    10691 Main Street - Mantua

  • Middlefield - Main Branch Office
    15985 East High Street, P.O. Box 35 - Middlefield

  • Middlefield - West Branch Office
    15545 West High Street. P.O. Box 35 - Middlefield

  • Newbury Office
    11110 Kinsman Road, P.O. Box 208 - Newbury

  • Orwell Office
    30 South Maple Street, P.O. Box 66 - Orwell

  • Plain City Office
    490 South Jefferson Avenue - Plain City

  • Powell Office
    10628 Sawmill Parkway - Powell

  • Solon Office
    6134 Kruse Drive - Solon

  • Sunbury Office
    492 West Cherry Street - Sunbury

  • Twinsburg Office
    2351 Edison Boulevard, P.O. Box 560 - Twinsburg

  • Westerville Office
    17 North State Street - Westerville

Contact Us
Online Banking Login


Home Blog Money Mistakes to Avoid Around the Holidays

Money Mistakes to Avoid Around the Holidays

Posted On: December 7, 2020 by The Middlefield Banking Company in: Budget General Savings

Money Mistakes to Avoid Around the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner which means it’s time to start crossing items off the gift list. Whether you’ve fallen victim to these mistakes before or are trying to avoid them this year, this list will tell you exactly what not to do when holiday shopping. 

Not saving in advance 

The holiday season has a way of sneaking up on customers, leading to lots of last minute shopping. We all are aware of when these gifts need to be bought, so why not set money aside to prepare? You can start this a few months in advance, or even better yet, save small amounts all year. Simply add a portion of your income to a savings account each month or set up automatic transfer so the funds are ready to go when it’s time to shop. 

Being enticed by all of the deals 

It’s no question that items on sale are automatically more appealing, even if the item is unnecessary. Making a list and knowing exactly what you need before you visit the store can help avoid the tempting discounted items. This is also tricky while online shopping since holiday ads pop up just about everywhere. Steer clear of the enticing deals and stick to what you really need. 

Avoiding a budget 

Having and sticking to a budget is simple with today’s technology. By downloading a budgeting app, you can figure out exactly how much you want to spend and keep track of your spending while you shop. Not setting a budget before holiday shopping often leads to overspending, buying unnecessary items and letting your finances get out of hand. 

Dipping into your savings account 

Whatever you do, do not rely on your emergency fund or any other type of savings besides what you’ve saved specifically for holiday shopping. This is another reason why saving separately for Christmas gifts is so beneficial – you won’t be as tempted to access your savings for the future if you already have money set aside. 


By the time the holidays come around, items have been picked through, the sales are over and what you need is out of stock. Getting your shopping done early will help you avoid those issues and save money while you’re at it. It may sound crazy, but the best deals are usually happening between Christmas and New Year’s, which means you can get a head start on next year while maximizing your savings! 

This is the year to have control over your finances and not let the holidays take a toll on your bank account. Rather than dreading the financial burden that often comes with holiday shopping, plan ahead and save yourself the stress. Enjoy this holiday season and avoid making these mistakes at all costs!