My Take on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


The first time I ever shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was in 2016. I spent a little over $100. I shopped it again the next year, only this time I went all out. And I am $1500 in debt because of it. I was blogging heavily during this time and wasn’t seeing any sort of return. NSale posts started popping up and I thought that would be my ticket in. Every successful blogger was sharing their picks, I should do the same! I applied for the card and to my surprise, got approved. This was just a few days before early access began, so when early access opened I went nuts. I spent $1200 in a week. This was at a point in my life where the thought of having to pay back a big credit card bill didn’t phase me. Even though I was making minimum wage and still in school. :)

That spending spree caught up with me with a quickness. I wasn’t able to make my credit card payments, got myself into trouble and am still paying for it today. I’ll be honest though, I still wear a lot of what I purchased from the sale two years ago. However, I did buy a pair of boots for $170 that I literally never wore. Like seriously. I’ve never worn them. I’m pretty sure I gave them to goodwill last year, too, because I couldn’t get anyone to buy them from me. I bought a $200 suede moto jacket because every blogger I followed at the time bought it. I’ve tried to wear it multiple times, but it just doesn’t look right on me. The sweaters, jeans, cardigans and leggings I bought are all still worn and loved today but in all honesty, I could have bought just about the same thing from other retailers for half the price.

I learned a big lesson here- DON’T SPEND MONEY YOU DON’T HAVE!

I bought a pair of Zella leggings during the sale last year (these are also on sale right now) and are by far my favorite pair of leggings. They were great during my pregnancy, too. This year I have my eye on a couple of things, but I think I might look around and see if I can find similar items for less. Because on sale or not, I just can’t justify spending $50 on a cardigan that 1. I can only wear for like three months because I live in Georgia and 2. can probably find a cheaper dupe somewhere else. If you do have the money, I think grabbing a few of these pieces is a good idea because the quality the clothes Nordstrom sells is really great. I tend to take pretty good care of my clothes (cheap or otherwise) so this isn’t as big of an issue for me.

If you’re feeling the NSale pressure like me, shake it off. I’m not sure if y’all know this but in order to have Icon Status (what a majority of big bloggers brag about) you have to spend $15,000 in Net Purchases in one year. $15,000. $15,000. $15,000. That is half of what I make in a year! The fact that women blogging can sustain such a lifestyle hurts my brain (and my heart) a little, but kudos to them! The fact is though, that that’s just a very tiny percentage of people. The rest of us are out here struggling and hustling every single day. So don’t let what you see on social media affect you. It’s not worth it!

Early access started this afternoon (like you haven’t heard that 10,000 times already today) so if you’re a cardholder, now’s the time to shop! Things do sell out VERY quickly and nothing is guaranteed to restock.

I’m planning on doing one more post about the sale with picks that I think are worth spending money on. Some of this stuff is just absurd though. If you can mark down a watch $1,000 then there’s no need for it to be so expensive in the first place. Just saying… Anyway- maybe a “Best Under $50” post? We’ll see. In the meantime, happy shopping/reading about nothing but the NSale for the next three weeks :)

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My nordstrom sale picks