Back when I used to work, I waited for July to come because that meant it was time to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! This has always been my very favorite sale, and used to be my only big shopping trip each year. It was such a treat.
Now that I’m a mom and I’m not working, my budget is much smaller than it used to be. But, I still love the Anniversary Sale & there are great deals to be had. Today, I’m going to teach you how to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale like a pro!
If you’re not familiar with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it is the one sale all year where Nordstrom puts Brand New, Fall Merchandise on sale for 3 weeks. After the sale is over, the prices go back to normal. Everything is new for the upcoming season & available in very limited quantities. There is a ton of excitement about this sale, and things sell out really fast. Last year, a ton of stuff sold out on the first day of Early Access and never came back!
How to Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Like a Pro
Today, I’m going to show you my favorite tips to get the most out of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’ve been shopping this sale every Summer since 2006, so I’m a total pro.
1. Get the Credit Card
This year’s sale runs from July 19th to August 4th, but if you’re a Nordstrom Credit Card Holder, you can start shopping the sale on July 12th.
I know what you’re thinking. Credit cards are bad, but this is why I have a category in my YNAB budget for this sale. I just use the credit card so I can shop the Early Access before the sale opens to the public, and to earn Notes to shop later. Then, I pay the card off in cash, and most of the year, it has a $0 balance. Early Access is so important because the really hot items sell out on the first day and never make it to the public sale.
This year, you can get a $60 Nordstrom Note (reward certificates to spend at Nordstrom) when you apply and are approved for a Nordstrom Credit Card by July 10th!
If you don’t want to get a credit card, you can sign up for the Free Nordstrom Rewards Program and earn points any way you pay, you just won’t be able to shop the sale until July 19th. You do risk items being sold out during pre-sale and not returning.
2. Set a Budget
Nordstrom released their Anniversary Sale Catalog last week, and it is a great tool to start planning! As with all shopping, sticking to a budget is really important. I set aside a little money all year in a sinking fund especially for this sale. I try to stick to a budget of $500. Sometimes I spend more, sometimes less, but that’s always the goal. It helps that my birthday is at the end of June, so I usually have birthday money to pad my Anniversary Sale budget!
3. Plan Ahead
Planning is a must for this sale. Because things sell out during the card holder pre-sale, having a Nordstrom Credit Card to access the sale early helps. Sometimes, they restock items for the first day of the sale, but those restocks go really fast. So you have to be ready.
Flip through the catalog, and make a list of the items you want. I even put mine in a spreasheet with my budget to make sure everything fits. After the catalog comes out, you can ask any sales associate in the store to check out the lookbook, which has everything in the sale. The lookbook has WAY more items than the catalog, so if you’re disappointed in the catalog offerings, just wait. My favorite things each year are never in the catalog!
4. Use Your Triple Points Day
I always try to buy the must-have items on the very first day of the pre-sale, and I use my Triple Points Day to make the most of my rewards. Those points add up really fast when you’re getting triple points. Since the first day of Early Access is the biggest amount I spend on my Nordstrom card all year, using my Triple Points day is a no brainer. Just turn it on at checkout.
5. Order Multiple Sizes
If you’re unsure about the sizing of an item, order 2 different sizes. If you just order one size, and then it doesn’t fit, that item WILL be gone when you try to order it again. Nordstrom has free shipping & free returns, so if you don’t love something, you can always send it back. That way, you don’t suffer from FOMO. This has happened to me, and FOMO sucks.
6. Know What the Good Deals Are
So what are a few of my favorite things to buy at this sale? Everything! There is A LOT of trendy stuff in the sale. I tend to skip those. My plan is always about purchasing basics that rarely get discounted, like tees, underwear, bras, jeans, socks. Then I usually get a few timeless & classic pieces to freshen up my wardrobe.
This sale is a great time to get a few investment pieces while they are discounted. Last year, I bought a gorgeous Tory Burch Crossbody Wallet. It sold out in a nano-second, so I was so happy I was able to get the one I wanted. One of these years, I’ll pick up a Longchamp Tote.
Natori Feathers Bras are my absolute favorite! They are so comfortable, feminine, not boring, and they come in a ton of colors. I also like that they have extended sizing both ways. I’ve even had the Nordstrom tailor turn one into a nursing bra for me! I also love these Natori Cotton Briefs. They are the most comfortable panties I’ve ever worn.
New Fall Boots, booties, and sneakers are always on my list! Some of my all-time favorite shoes & boots I bought at this sale, and the cost per wear is way less than $1/day now. Don’t forget the kids department! I always get new shoes for my son. The Soccer Cleats are always a good deal and sell out FAST!
This sale is a great time to buy a new jackets & coats if that’s on your list.
The Beauty Deals are fantastic! These special sets are only sold during the Anniversary Sale. It’s a great way to get a good bang for your buck if you’ve been wanting an expensive beauty tool, like a fancy Hair Dryer or a PMD Microdermabraison Device. Not only is the device on sale, but the beauty sets usually include extras like travel accessories or products!
If you’ve got a baby on the way, don’t miss the baby gear! Several of my favorite items ever are included in this sale for insanely low prices, and they always sell out FAST! The Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair is a must have that my family has used for almost a decade now. These discounts are incredible!
This sale is also a great way to start your Christmas Shopping! The Home Department has items at all different price points. My favorite is the Voluspa Candle Set. They usually have 3 full sized Voluspa Candles in a pack for $32.50. There’s also a Dyptique set of 5 travel sized candles for $55. I get these sets and separate them to give as hostess or teacher gifts throughout the year.
Saving 40% off of new Fall clothing, shoes & accessories across the store in the middle of July gets you set for Fall! Now you know how to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale like a pro!
Everything Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Bookmark and check the special Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Page on the blog for everything NAS! Later this week, I’ll show you what’s on my list! Don’t forget to check out my post on my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale buys of all time! I’m still loving this stuff all of these years later. Make sure you sign up for Stacy’s Savings Emails so you never miss a new post!
It’s always nice to get a break on quality items that will last, and that’s why I love the Anniversary Sale. What are you looking forward to buying this year? Tell me in the comments!