Last year I basically went broke after shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Was it worth it? Yes, yes it was. My bank account eventually recovered. Every item I bought during the sale, whether it was beauty products, apparel, shoes, etc., quickly became staples in my day to day. Literally, it’s the best sale of the year. It’s like Christmas in July.
However, when I look back on my shopping strategy during last year’s sale, I realize now I didn’t really have one, which was a HUGE mistake on my part. So, I’m sharing all the mistakes I made so you know how to prep for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
First things first, are you a Nordstrom credit card holder? If the answer is yes, then that means you get to shop 7 days before everyone else during Anniversary Sale Early Access which starts July 12. You can also use your personal double points day(s) when you shop the sale to earn 2X as fast. Once you reach 2,000 points you get a $20 Nordstrom Note. It’s a good perk and totally worthwhile if you shop at Nordstrom often.
Next, make a wish list. The mistake I made last year was I shopped the sale sporadically throughout Early Access and my downfall was waiting too long to checkout. Everything would sell out so quickly! Nordstrom has released their catalog with a preview of the items that will be on sale that you can view here.
Fun story: I remember being at the beach on vacation, religiously refreshing the product page for a pair of AG Jeans in hopes it was restocked in my size. I was glued to my computer and after a few days, I snagged a pair.
Personally, I like to take advantage of the sale to stock up on denim, shoes, handbags, and of course, beauty products.
Also, I was not prepared financially. There’s really nothing more daunting then hitting the checkout page and seeing the subtotal and not immediately think, there’s no way I can spend this much money at one time.
But that’s not going to be the case this year.
This time around, I’ve been putting away a little money after each paycheck. And I’m holding off any shopping trips anywhere until then. I think my other mistake last year was not just taking the plunge and scooping up every thing I wanted at once. Nordstrom has free shipping and returns so if I see something I like, I’m not going to hesitate and snag it before it sells out. And you shouldn’t either! As I’ve experienced it so many other times before, returns with Nordstrom are SO easy.
Mark Your Calendar!
Thursday, July 12th– Early Access starts for card members
Thursday, July 19th– The sale is open to the public.
Sunday, August 4th– Last day of the sale. Prices go back to full-price the next day.
I highly recommend that you sign up for my newsletter, where I’ll be sharing all my Early Access Anniversary sale picks!