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Have you read 74 ‘Nordstrom Sale is Coming’ posts? Are you already #overit? I get it. It seems like every blogger is curating her list of things that you must have for fall and, quite frankly, it’s a little hard to spend hundreds of dollars when you’re still sweating just thinking about setting foot outside. But I have a FREE Interactive Nordstrom Sale Budget & Shopping List tool in this post that I guarantee you haven’t seen yet… keep scrolling to grab it & use it!
So why do people care about this sale so much?! Because the Nordstrom Sale is one of the only sales where NEW merchandise is on sale first, versus at the end of the season (and after all the really good stuff in the really good sizes is sold out).
I *always* want to HELP you, not make you feel like you should buy something *just because it’s on sale*. In fact, I’m trying to get better about that by asking myself, would I buy this @ full price? I’m also trying to take stock of what I already own and trying to strike the balance between buying quality, last-forever pieces and less-expensive, wear-now trendy pieces. Add to that a body that’s gained and lost 30lbs 3 times over the past 5 years and you have a wardrobe that’s massively confused. Starting our renovation has helped me scale back my closet so I’m looking forward to finding the gaps and filling them with this sale!
Here are 3 nordstrom sale shopping tips to help you rock the Anniversary Sale:
Set a budget and stick to it.
Depending on your budget, you’ll need to prioritize what you really want/need. I created a fun interactive tool that you can fill out and send to yourself to keep track of what you’re buying + your budget for the sale. You can bookmark this blog post (here’s how to bookmark on an iPhone) and use the tool when you’re shopping online or while you’re shopping in-store. It’s completely free but I’d love it if you share if it’s useful to you :).
early access vs public sale
Early Access starts on Thursday, July 12th and the sale opens to the public on Friday, July 20th. Early access is only available to people with a Nordstrom Credit Card. We have one and only use it for Nordstrom purchases – you also get triple points on any day you choose – good to use when you’re shopping the sale! The Nordstrom card works @ Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack & HauteLook.
If a Nordstrom card isn’t your thing, you can shop public access starting Friday, July 20th – Sunday, August 5th. Be warned that some things will sell out during the early access portion of the sale but they also restock some things for public access. It’s honestly kind of a crapshoot.
order now, decide later
This isn’t the BEST advice of all time for your bank account but it’s a strategy I’ve employed in the past… buy now, try it on, and return it if you don’t love or it doesn’t fit or if it doesn’t fall into your final budget. Nordstrom has an amazeballs return policy so don’t sweat ordering something you love in two sizes for trying on and returning later.
And one more thing I want to throw out there… the affiliate factor
I also want to bring something up around the Nordstrom Sale… a lot of bloggers are talking about it for two reasons – the first is that it is a really good sale on lots of stuff that doesn’t usually go on sale – but the second is that it’s *because we make money from the purchases you make through our links*. And that’s ok. There is NOTHING wrong with that. It’s called affiliate marketing and that means that Nordstrom (or any other retailer) pays bloggers a commission on the traffic and purchases they drive to the retailer’s site. It’s much like the retailer paying a commission to a sales person in store for helping you with sizing, selection, etc. Just be aware that in this post, and nearly everyone else’s Nordstrom Sale posts, the influencer (me, in this case) earns a commission on whatever you buy *if you buy through our link*. If you click through my link, then an email link, then a Facebook ad, the Facebook ad ‘wins’ and no credit is given to the influencer (or the email) even though they were all marketing touch points that could have affected the decision to purchase. Likewise, if you swipe up on Instagram and then purchase through your computer, the influencer does not earn a commission on that purchase because the retailer cannot track across devices. This is the general gist of it – please email me @ lovelyluckylifeblog @ gmail.com if you have any questions about how it works, because I know it’s not always clear.
My Game Plan for the Sale
I always shop with my girlfriend Laura in-store on the first day of Early Access, so she and I will be hitting Nords bright & early Thursday AM! I definitely have a few things I have my eye on and will be doing try ons like last year (2017 Try On Part One + 2017 Try On Part Two). I definitely plan on grabbing North Face jackets for the kids, scoping out the UGG boots for the girls, snagging a Patagonia fleece for myself, and definitely using the budget calculator above tokeep myself in check :).