I don’t know about you, but I have been hearing all about the #NSale (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale). I love seeing what other people purchase, but what I really could have used before I dove into my first #NSale, was a Survival Guide!
For those of you who don’t know, the #NSale (insta tag) or Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, is the biggest sale of the year for Nordstrom. They put out ALL NEW produce for fall, and immediately drop the price to sale price, then after 2 weeks, they go up to regular price. Obviously a great deal and I get a lot of my “Back to School” aka Fall shopping done at this time.
2016 was my first #NSale as a blogger and boy was I unprepared! If I’ve shopped the #NSale before it was online and definitely not as hard, but I also didn’t realize that I could get my Fall clothes at such a great discount BEFORE it went the regular price! I’m going to walk you through my process to successful shopping of the #NSale so you can avoid my mistakes and hear what helped me out!
- Get familiar with the sale items online first. This was one of the best things I did in preparation for my shopping trip. I wanted to see what was coming out for the season, from colors to styles. I also wanted to understand my priorities in shopping, like what did I not want to leave without, or what I could knock off my list if I went over my budget. Which brings me to my next DO…
- Set a budget before you go. This is another important one. It’s easy to pick up twenty new shiny tops because they are there for a limited time only. The thought that the price goes up Aug. 8 is really tough to get out of your head, but remember, you have rent to pay and dogs to feed. OK, maybe that’s me, but set a budget that works for you!
- Try everything on. I picked out a bunch of pieces online that I didn’t love as much when I tried them on. On the other hand there was a pair of booties that I was obsessed with that just didn’t fit right, so I couldn’t get them.
- Use your triple points day. Pick your big shopping day and buy it all, then use your triple points! This allows you to collect Nordstrom Notes quicker! In my instance, I actually used a Nordstrom Note and saved $20!
- Things to wear/bring: Wear a cami or tank top, socks, and something easy to take on and off. All for an easier try-on experience.
- Don’t wear heels. I went to the #NSale after work and wore my heels, which in retrospect was not a good idea. I literally shopped until I dropped that night. My bags were heavy and I hobbled alllllll the way to my car….
- Don’t Park on the other side of the mall. I usually avoid it whenever possible, but this was a mall I was unfamiliar with. I had some returns at a store that wasn’t in my usual location. Anyways, it was not a great walk back to the car in my heels with my heavy bags full of sweaters, shoes and coats!
- Don’t forget your Nordstrom Card. Oops. This actually isn’t as bad as it sounds. I did leave my card on the counter because I was using it to view the sale items the night before, but Nordstrom is so great they can print you out a temporary card! Granted, it is still easier with your actual card. No card? Don’t wait until the sale opens to the public, get one today! 2017 update: Your last day to be approved and shop the pre-sale is July 9! PS: You can get a debit card so you don’t have to worry about another credit card!
- Don’t go hungry. Like I said, I went after work and I was a little under-energized and was definitely needing dinner by the end of my trip!
- Don’t get overwhelmed. The #NSale is supposed to be fun! If you can’t choose or can’t figure out where to start, just leave for a minute, get a coffee or a pretzel, and come back with a clear head.
The #NSale doesn’t start for another week, but Nordstrom is having some amazing sales already! Shop my favorites below and see what I piced up last year in the photos!
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