It’s almost here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to Nordstrom Credit Card holders July 12th! I’m super excited, and I’ll I’ll be posting all about it on the blog! I’ve already posted some of my very must-have favorite items that I’ve purchased through the years that usually come back in a similar version each year. The 2018 Catalog is live! This post is going to explain my Anniversary Sale Shopping Strategy while being a frugal blogger.
I’ve been shopping this sale since 2006, which is how long I’ve been a cardholder. I love doing the Cardholder-Exclusive Presale appointment. It is so fun! They hang floor to ceiling drapes around certain areas of the store, and you’re only allowed in if you have a Nordstrom Card & an appointment with a Sales Associate. It sounds fancy, but its really not. For someone who constantly has a kid around my ankle, it’s nice to get out alone or with a friend and go do my pre-sale when its not so crazy. Not that the presale isn’t crazy, but at least its not as crazy as when the sale is open to the public.
Why A Frugal Blogger Shops The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
I know many people who read this blog probably have some questions about why I’m posting about Nordstrom. Yes, Nordstrom is a luxury department store. I’m sure many people probably think its out of their price range or content about it doesn’t belong on a “Frugal Living” Blog. I think that’s a false narrative for several reasons.
First, just buying the cheapest thing available isn’t being frugal. Being frugal means purchasing products that will last, that are high quality at the best possible price. That goes for whether its clothing, shoes, groceries, or personal products – whatever. Buying something that’s super cheap but is so low quality that it won’t last through one wash & dry cycle is not frugal, it’s wasting money.
If a product is of higher quality and will last longer, but costs a little bit more, that’s a better value because the cost per wear/use goes down with every use. If your budget allows, don’t be afraid to buy those expensive designer jeans when they are on sale. I did it a few Anniversary Sales ago, and the AG Skinny Jeans I bought at 40% off I wear all the time. At least twice a week. And they are still my favorite jeans 5 years later.
Nordstrom, even though it is a luxury department store, has really great quality items. You can find these items at many different price points if you know where to look. They also have an excellent return policy if that t-shirt you bought suddenly gets a hole in it after the first wear. They stand behind their products.
How To Find Deals at Nordstrom
So how do you find deals at Nordstrom? My favorite departments for high-quality, low price items are BP & Point of View. BP is the Juniors Department, but they sell some brands that translate well to the adult woman. I love brands like BP, Gibson, Leith, & Soprano for basics and dresses as well as trendy items that aren’t going to break the bank. Point of View has the Nordstrom house brands Caslon and Halogen with more sophisticated options & work wear at a slightly higher price point.
Shopping sales helps as well. The sweet spot for a sale price at Nordstrom is 40% off. TONS of items get marked down to 40% off at different times throughout the year. When they hit that price they sell out fast. If you know the sale cycle, you can add items you love to your Wish List. Then, just check the list every so often to look for that 40% drop. Nordstrom has 2 Half-Yearly Sales, one in Spring and the other in Fall. Nordstrom uses these sales to mark down merchandise from the current season to get ready for the new season. They also have a few random sales & clearance events as well.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The mother-of-all Nordstrom Sales is the Anniversary Sale, which takes place every year mid-July to beginning of August. This sale is different because it marks down NEW merchandise for the Fall season, as well as a few new items for Summer. This is stuff that is made exclusively for Nordstrom or has never been on the floor before. Once the sale is over, the price goes back up, if there are any of those items left. This sale is legendary, and things sell out very quickly.
So yes, I love shopping at Nordstrom for higher quality items, but I save by purchasing them on sale. I very rarely pay full price for something at Nordstrom, and I usually save 33-40% or more on every item. I also have the Credit Card which means I earn a $20 Nordstrom Note for every 2,000 points I earn. My card earns 2 points/$1 spent, but I maximize my points by shopping for my discounted items on Double or Triple Points weekends. I also strategically use my personal Triple Points Day. So instead of spending $1,000 to get a $20 reward certificate, if I spend $333 on my Triple Points Day, I get a $20 reward.
Now, I want to note that yes I have the Credit Card, but I save money in a budget category all year just for the Anniversary Sale. The Credit Card gets me access to the pre sale and Triple Points with their Rewards (plus $100 in tailor credit – I’m short!), and I get free credits to shop at Nordstrom. But, once the charge hits, I use that sinking fund in my budget to pay it off in full. I do not carry balances on credit cards. Ever.
My Shopping Strategy
Lastly, I think its important to note that I try to spend my money at Nordstrom on not just high-quality items, but items that aren’t going to go out of style by next season. Nordstrom does sell a lot of trendy items, and some are at good price points, like in the Juniors Department. But overall, I look for pieces that have classic cuts, silhouettes, and colors.
This week, and in the weeks to come, you’re going to see Bloggers and Instagrammers raving over some extremely trendy items included in the Anniversary Sale. Many of those bloggers are working directly with Nordstrom, by either Sponsored Posts with shopping allowances or as a Direct Affiliate. That’s great for them!
Going through my Instagram feed, I feel like all of the bloggers & Instagrammers are promoting the exact same items. Like each picture is the same pair of shoes or same top or whatever. What I’m here to tell you is, I’m only promoting items that I love and that I would personally buy. My picks are authentic, and no one is telling me which items to promote. So while I may promote some of the same items that you see all over Instagram and the blogosphere, its because its something that I really love and think is a good value.
That being said, you’re not going to see me promoting highly-trendy items unless its a really good deal and I think the trend will last more than 1 season. This sale has a lot of trendy pieces: billowy sleeves, interesting shaped shoes, cropped pants, and more. Stuff like that, while cute and fashionable, is not going to make my list. I just don’t see the value in them, and you can find those pieces much cheaper at other stores. I think ripped jeans are cute, but I’m not going to shell out more than $50 for jeans with holes in them. Sorry.
I am a Nordstrom affiliate, and I do use affiliate links in my blog posts. This means that if you purchase something through my links, your price doesn’t change. I will receive a small commission. It takes a lot of time to put these posts together. I use that income to keep the blog running, pay taxes, and maybe a little bit to shop at Nordstrom. 😜
My focus is to show you my strategies for living the best life at the best price. Buying low quality items at the cheapest price causes you to spend more money in the long run. Buying high quality trendy items that you won’t wear next year also causes you to spend more money on new trendy items every year. Neither of those options are good for your budget and long-term financial goals. But, you can buy high quality items that will outlast the trends and not pay full price at Nordstrom.
How I Will Cover the Anniversary Sale
Now that I got all of that off my chest, I’m super excited about the Anniversary Sale! The sale starts July 12th for cardholders at Midnight Pacific Time (2am here in the Central Time Zone). If you see something you love, buy them online so you get them before they are gone. Especially shoes or bags. You can always return them later, but later they may be sold out. Don’t wait.
I’m going to be doing my pre-saling this year online and go pick it up in the store. When I get home, I’ll do a full “unboxing”. Check Instagram for teasers. When the sale opens to the public on Friday, July 20th, I’ll post again with my round ups. I’ll also try to post re-stock alerts for hot items that sell out if and when they are restocked. Set a bookmark for my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Page where I’ll update everything! Also, never miss a post by signing up for the Stacy’s Savings Newsletter!
If you read this far, you deserve a cookie! Maybe we can find a special Anniversary Sale Cookie for you?
As always, Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping & Never Pay Full Price!