Mistake 1: You don't have a gift list. Running around the mall not knowing what to buy is a surefire path to blowing your budget--especially when you're pressed for time.
Mistake 2: You don't track holiday spending. Not tracking all those little splurges and expenses can leave you with a huge bill to pay in January. Not fun.
Mistake 3: You don't look for a discount. Many last minute shoppers are too desperate to find a deal when the big deadline looms.
Mistake 4: You don't give homemade gifts. Making something from scratch is thoughtful and can also save you money.
Mistake 5: You don't shop at home first. Filling your shopping cart with holiday decorations, gifts, and food supplies is a massive money mistake if you already have the goods at home.