Happy mid-week my friends.
This week, Friday to be exact is the start of Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale.
If you are a regular reader of blogs, you are probably already sick of hearing about it.
As someone who does this just for fun, IE not trying to get rich off of anyone shopping "my links", I'll tell you that this sale is the real deal and worth the hype.
For years I worked for an Italian shoe company. I got to understand the significance of Nsale long before it became a cash cow for bloggers.  I don't say this in a condescending manner. Many bloggers say that they make more money diring this sale then they do the rest of the entire year. Read more about that Here.

So, why is this sale such a big to do?
Unlike pretty much any other store's sale, Nordstrom puts the brand new fall/winter merchandise on sale. When I say sale, I mean it. The discounts are huge and deep for those three weeks that the sale is on. Its not a sale on the obscure stuff. Literally, its the best stuff that they carry. 

I've been shopping the Nsale since 2009. Here are a few tips to get the most out of the sale and the most bang for your buck.

  • Get a Nordstrom Credit Card

This is a piece of advice that I just myself took. I've always had an aversion to store cards and refused to get one.
However, with the Nordstrom card, you get early access by a full week. This is key, as the best stuff always sells out. Also, Typically when you shop at Nordstrom, you get 1 point for each dollar spent. However, purchases on your Nordstrom card get 3 points for each dollar spent. Plus, you can use a double points day. That gives you 6 points for each dollar spent. These points turn into Nordstrom Notes which you can use for future purchases.

As you can see here, last year I stayed up until 3:00 am to get my goods. Not this year though!!!

  • Set a budget and hold to it

I said the same thing back in January in regards to the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale . Its just as true for this. Its easy to get swept up in the deals. Still though, its not worth going into debt too.
Personally, I budget about 70% of my fall shopping to this sale. It's an investment up front , but the savings make it completely worth it.
Unlike other sales, to me this involves setting a budget for each department. 
For example, I'll budget $X.XX dollars to be spent on clothes for me, $X.XX dollars to be spent on housewares, etc, etc.

  • Shop Early

The best stuff goes super fast. Shop as early in the sale as you can.
If you are on the fence about something, buy it. You can always take advantage of Nordstrom's free returns if you have a change of heart. However, if you hem and haw, you'll likely loose your chance to get it.

  • Get an idea of your needs & wants now

Look at your fall winter wardrobe from last year. What needs replacing? Do you need a new winter coat? Are your favorite jeans wearing thin? Are you "wear with everything" ankle boots all scuffed? Is it time for new bed sheets?

  • Don't skip the beauty department

For years upon years, I only thought of Sephora & Ulta as my go-to's for makeup and hair products. Well, Nordstrom has all of the same great products. Many of them get included in this sale. 

  • Skip the store and shop on line

The stores become chaotic as can be. Plus, every store doesn't have every item. Your most likely to score what you want from the comfort of your own home.

  • Know the dates

• Early access begins on July 12
• The public sale begins online July 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET
• The sale lasts through August 4, prices go up on August 5.

There you have it. These are my tips.
Do you love the Nsale? Is there anything in particular that you have your eye on?



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