The NSale. It’s like Christmas morning but a whole lot better. It’s the most anticipated sale of the year, but let’s be real- it can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to go through the thousands of great deals that Nordstrom has to offer! The good news is so many of us bloggers have done the hard work for you, BUT strategy is still key. You have through the 18th to shop early access, which is available for all cardholders. Don’t want another credit card? No problem. The sale opens up to everyone on the 19th and ends on the 4th of August. [FYI- Nordstrom use to have a debit card option that no longer exists, so if a credit card just isn’t for you, you’ll have to wait for public access! BUT if you already have the debit card, you can still shop early!]
July 12-18 early access for cardmembers online and in-store
July 19- Aug 4 public access online and in-store
If you are not a cardholder but are interested in signing up, click here. [It’s not too late!] If you do, you’ll automatically receive $40 in Nordstrom notes to spend on the sale. Throughout the year you will receive two points for every dollar spent! Those points not only get you Nordstrom notes throughout the year but also help you climb the ladder to high cardholder levels, which get you more perks!
If a credit card just isn’t right for you, that’s no problem at all! You can still sign up to be a Nordstrom Rewards member. This will earn you one point per dollar spent when paying with cash, check or a non-Nordstrom credit or debit card. To be a rewards member, sign up here. They’ll give you a $10 Note to spend at the Anniversary Sale!
TIP: If you have a double points day saved up, I recommend using it when you shop the Nsale!
Tip: If you’re not ready to spend your Nordstrom Note yet, but it expires before the sale, a salesperson can put the amount on a Nordstrom gift card for you to use at a later time!
IMO, the sale is best approached with strategy. Asking yourself some key questions before entering into the most anticipated sale of the year will not only keep you on track but will also guarantee you scoring the items you want most into your shopping bag and to your front door.
- What is your closet craving? If you’re anything like me, I keep a running list of things I desire to have in my closet. Whether it’s a new crossbody or a pair of jeans, it’s best to go in with a plan of what you anticipate purchasing. Otherwise, you’ll get in trouble when you start browsing and lose sight of the end goal. Most of the time this includes jeans, boots, handbags and beauty items that I can’t imagine paying full price for. Heading straight for the basics will up your chances of actually snagging what you want AND what you’ll use for seasons to come!
- What are you willing to splurge on? You’re probably thinking, “Splurge? But it’s the Nsale! Aren’t we avoiding splurging at all costs, Em?” My answer: Yes and no. the Nsale brings you amazing deals for thousands of items, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll pay next to nothing. Even though that hairdryer or pair of Tory Burch boots are ‘on sale’, you may still blow your budget depending on the price. Double-check that even the sale price is still worth the purchase and your budget.
- Which brings me to my final point. What is your budget? Possibly the most important question you’ll ask yourself before getting lost in Nsale wonderland. My recommendation? Sit down and budget how much you have/can spend on the sale before ever tempting yourself. Once you click on that Nsale link, there’s nothing stopping you from adding endless amounts of items into your shopping bag. Before you know it, you’re $2,000 deep without $2,000 to spend. OOPS. Going into the sale with a budget already created will keep you on task and guide you through the two previous questions. This way, you’ll leave the sale with items you really want AND a healthy conscious knowing you didn’t break the bank.
I hope this helps and happy shopping!
OK. Now for the good stuff! Below I’ve categorized all my favorite items from the sale with a special section this year of what I ACTUALLY bought!
WHAT I PURCHASED
WHAT I OWN FROM PREVIOUS YEARS