Strategizing for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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You guys, its almost that time of year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my favorite sale of the year to shop and its always smart to start preparing early! Why is the NSale the best sale to shop? First and foremost, the NSale features name brand and high end products for the upcoming fall season. Also, unlike most department store sales, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale features NEW products for a discounted price for a limited time. The NSale is not a clearance sale friends!

When does the NSale start?


For Nordstrom debit or credit card holders, early access begins July 14th. Last year some of my favorite items sold out almost immediately, so early access is crucial. If you’d like to gain early access to the sale, you can sign up here. I signed up for the debit card a few years ago right before the sale, and got it just in time to start shopping. Public access begins July 22nd and the last day of the sale is August 7th.

Make a list and set a budget.

Before I even browse the sale, I like to take time and go through my closet and identify any gaps as well as any items that need to be updated, like jeans, sweater, coats and/or boots. When browsing the sale, write down your must have items. For example: a cashmere sweater, new boots, a new handbag, etc. Think staple pieces for fall you know you’ll wear over and over, or the skincare cream you’ve always wanted but never goes on sale. I also set a realistic budget and by using a debit card, instead of a credit card, I’m forced to stick to it!

Pick investment pieces. 

This is the part of the sale that always pulls me in! Brands like Chole and Tory Burch usually have some pieces available from the new season. If you’re not really looking to stock up for the fall, definitely peek at some of these items.

What will be discounted?

The hottest items of the season from clothing, accessories, shoes and beauty. Brands like Baublebar, Bobbi Brown, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, Joie, Chloe, TopShop, Tory Burch, Hunter, Rebecca Minkoff, Paige Denim, Kendra Scott, Rag & Bone, Current/Elliot, Frye, and Madewell just to name a few!

Who are you Shopping For?

Are you shopping for yourself? Your kids? Your husband? Your Mom? Remember this sale is a great time to start your Holiday shopping. Why not get them quality items for a huge discount? Its also a great time to shop for items for the home!

I personally plan to shop for school clothes for the kids, staples for my husband and a new handbag for myself.

I hope you all are excited for the sale, and make sure to stop back here for my top picks. I promise to do all the work for you!