My Wardrobe, Myself

The intersection of clothing, emotions, and life

As I mentioned in my last post, I definitely spent far too much time and energy on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (NAS) this year. Now that the experience is mostly behind me, save for receiving two orders and making a handful or keep vs. return decisions, I’ve been able to conduct a sort of “post-mortem” on the process. In today’s essay, I encapsulate nine key lessons that I learned from reviewing this year’s NAS experience, as well as what I plan to do differently the next time I shop NAS – or any other sale.

I know that not all of you shop NAS – or can even shop at Nordstrom if you’re not in the U.S. or Canada, but this post is not just about one store or one sale. Most of my lessons and tips can be applied to shopping any sale or at any store, so I hope you find some value in what I’ve learned and what I share below.

NAS 2021 Lessons Learned

Sales shopping can be tricky to navigate, but some advance preparation can help. 

Lesson One: Don’t Shop Just Because There’s a Sale

The first thing to consider when there’s a big sale or shopping event on the horizon is whether or not you really need to shop at all. If we look at what’s out there in the stores or online, there will always be things to want, but we should ask ourselves if there are items that we particularly need to buy. This can be a gray area because when we really get down to the nitty-gritty of things, there isn’t a whole lot that we actually need in the realm of clothing and wardrobe.

Now, we don’t all need to be minimalists, and the definition for what is or isn’t minimalist is very individual anyway, but it can be helpful to look within and ask if we’re shopping for actual wardrobe needs or if we just want to shop. If it’s the latter, perhaps there’s something else in our lives that may be lacking, such as connection, growth, creativity, fulfillment, spirituality, or any number of other internal needs that cannot be purchased in any store.

I’ve written about the motivations for shopping quite a bit previously (check out the “Behavior & Psychology” posts on Recovering Shopaholic), but there are many, many reasons why we might shop that have nothing to do with clothes, shoes, accessories, home décor items, or any other type of tangible good. As I’ve examined my own personal reasons for shopping, it’s been much like peeling an onion, as I continue to identify additional layers of my over-shopping equation.

Some of my primary reasons for buying too much have to do with insecurity, poor body image, and the aging process. I have so often searched for the clothes that would help me to feel more confident and positive about my appearance. While our wardrobes and personal style can help us to feel better about the way we look and thus make interpersonal situations less anxiety-producing, we also need to do the deeper internal work on ourselves that will enable us to experience a sense of worth outside of our physical appearance. This is something that I’ll continue to work on and write about from time to time on this rebranded blog.

Lesson Two: Revisit Shopping Priorities Before a Sale or Shopping Trip

If you determine that there are non-wardrobe-related reasons why you shop (which can be true for so many of us), it’s important to examine and work on those (check out my Resources Page for some helpful books and courses). However, that doesn’t mean you can’t ever shop. You just need to be mindful of the possibility that you might buy things for the wrong reasons and then take steps to try to mitigate such tendencies.

One practice that has helped me a lot over the years is to maintain a shopping priorities list and review and update it regularly. This Recovering Shopaholic post provides an overview for how to create your list and also includes an example of one of my previous lists (from 2014!) and an explanation for how I constructed it. As I review that old list today, I realize that I never ended up purchasing some of the items on it. That may have been because I later decided that I didn’t really need or want certain things as a result of lifestyle or preference changes. But it’s also entirely possible that I might not have reviewed my list often enough before I made purchases.

When I shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last month, I didn’t take the time to revisit and refine my shopping priorities list beforehand. Thus, when I perused the NAS offerings during the pre-sale period, I allowed myself to be dazzled by all of the shiny, pretty things pictured, and I added many of them to my wish list. Fortunately, the “power pause” that was built into the way NAS was handled this year (the presale timeframe plus the tiered shopping rollout) allowed me to more carefully consider what would be my most sensible purchases, but using an actual list would have streamlined the process further.

Reviewing and updating my shopping priorities list before even looking at the NAS items would have helped me to focus on wardrobe gaps and “nice to have” items rather than just saving whatever caught my eye. It also would have been beneficial for me to look back at what I successfully purchased at previous Nordstrom Anniversary Sales (i.e., bras, sleepwear, basic tees, etc.) so I could place my attention on those areas first and foremost.

Lesson Three: Tune Out the Hype

Unfortunately, I allowed myself to be swayed by the hype surrounding this year’s NAS from social media influencers hawking their lists of “must-have items,” as well as fashion forum users showing what they want and what they bought. This was dangerous, as it opened me up to the temptation to buy things that had no real place in my life, most of which I hadn’t even been aware of prior to seeing what other people were posting.

As I was writing this post, I took a few minutes to jot down a list of NAS offerings that I either tried on or ordered as a result of the hype and influence of external forces, and there were at least eight such items! A few were never purchased and several more were returned, but I did end up holding on to the other items that I was “influenced” to check out. I have mixed feelings about this, as I’m happy with the pieces that I kept, but I also can see what a slippery slope the hype and influence can be.

My advice for those who have a tendency to spend too much time and money on NAS and other sales would be to unfollow any influencers who heavily hype these events – or unsubscribe from their blogs or YouTube channels, at least around the sales time, if not permanently. It can be difficult to avoid such posts when we see them in our feeds, but that’s another option for those who have the discipline to do it. I often let my curiosity get the best of me in these types of situations, so unfollowing or unsubscribing is likely my best course of action. Even though the presale time period enabled me to more carefully consider each potential purchase, it would have been better for me to only be influenced by my own wardrobe needs and shopping priorities list.

Lesson Four: Limit Your “Stalking” of Out-of-Stock Items

One aspect of NAS that can become quite time-consuming is “stalking” items that have sold out, trying to catch when they come back in stock as a result of returns. This activity usually pays off if one is persistent, but it’s also distracting and takes more time than we think because of the need to continually get back on track with what we were doing previously.

It’s okay to stalk an item (or maybe two) if it’s something that we really need or want, but I’m talking about checking in here and there rather than refreshing the page all day long (which I’ve been known to do!). The Nordstrom smart phone app can streamline the process by notifying users when items on their wish list come back in stock (I’m sure other stores have similar apps), but of course such notifications can also be distracting, which is why I usually disable all phone notifications except for text and voice messages.

Only you can decide if stalking sale items is a good use of your time. I think I’m going to minimize this practice moving forward, to limit my frustration, improve my focus, and save time. After all, saving money isn’t the only thing that’s important! As The Minimalists often say, our time and attention are our most precious resources.

Lesson Five: Use the “Power Pause” As Much as Possible

I mentioned above that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale had a built-in “power pause” as a result of the lengthy presale period. Most sales don’t include a de facto “cooling off” period, but even when they do, it can still be helpful to take another pause before actually hitting the buy button or presenting your credit card at a store. Although Jill Chivers, who coined the term “power pause” recommends waiting at least two hours or optimally two days before making a purchase, even a shorter break before buying can be beneficial.

If you’re shopping online, step away from your computer or phone for a few minutes before completing your purchase. If you’re in a brick-and-mortar store, take a restroom break or grab a cup of coffee or a glass of water. Most stores will hold your prospective purchases for a little while (or even a day or two), so you won’t lose out on anything by taking a short timeout to regroup. The brief time away will give you the space to consider whether or not the items in question will truly serve your needs. Ideally, you can review your shopping priorities list or check in with your budget during your break.

If you have an app on your phone that includes photos of your wardrobe pieces, you can also do a quick perusal to make sure that what you’re thinking of buying fits in well with your current closet and isn’t too similar to what you already own. If you find that you have to purchase additional items just to make something new work, then it’s probably not worth it, particularly if you already have a large wardrobe. I always say that I don’t want to take on a “project” when shopping. If it requires too much effort to make something work, it’s probably not worth it! I like to remind myself that just because something is beautiful, it doesn’t mean that I need to own it.

Lesson Six: Set a Budget for the Sale or Your Shopping Trip

It’s all too easy for our shopping to go “off the rails,” especially when there’s a big sale going on where the impression of scarcity is being presented. We fear that if we don’t buy something now, we might miss out forever. FOMO can be extremely strong at “exclusive” types of sales like NAS, so we have to plan for the type of buying frenzy that can be elicited by that common phenomenon.

Although I have a yearly clothing budget that I also try to divide into twelve months and stick to, my track record for doing so hasn’t been that great. I frequently get ahead of myself and need to have a few months of austerity toward the end of the year because I’ve bought too much in earlier months. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and summer shopping in general have been particularly problematic for me in terms of getting ahead of my budget.

A good way for me to mitigate this common occurrence would be to allocate a larger portion of my budget for traditionally higher shopping months, as well as set aside a special fund for NAS shopping. While I’ve often considered no longer shopping NAS, the truth is that I’ve continued to shop it almost every single year, so I would do helpful to plan accordingly.

If you have sales that you like to shop at a particular time of year, such as Amazon Prime Day or “Black Friday” (which now occupies most of the latter half of November), consider either saving up for those events or devoting a special budget toward shopping them. If you don’t end up using up that budget, you can always transfer the funds to later months or use them for other purposes, but at least you’ll save yourself the stress of having spent too much money and wondering how you’re going to pay off your credit cards.

Lesson Seven: Buy for Your Real Life

So many of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items are geared toward women who work in an office or socialize a lot in the evenings. I’ve always loved dressy clothing, but my current reality is that I very rarely dress up. I’m frequently a bit over-dressed for the activities that I do, but I’ve made peace with that because I want to dress in a way that makes me happy. However, I don’t want to look extremely out-of-place for the activities I’m doing, so I need to just say no to a large proportion of the NAS merchandise.  Much of it is for someone else’s life, not mine.

It’s easy to get excited about the “great deals” to be had at NAS and other sales, but something is only a “deal” if we actually wear it or use it. The items that I purchased at this year’s NAS (shown in last week’s post) work well for my casual lifestyle. They may not be as exciting as some of the other pieces I saw while browsing the sale online and in person, but that’s okay. What I bought is comfortable and works for my life and my personal style, and that’s what’s most important.

I’ve gotten much better at buying for my authentic lifestyle needs, so I no longer make the laughable mistakes of yesteryear. Although I still get excited when I see dressy pieces, I’ve mostly learned to just appreciate them for their artistic appeal and move on. Jill Chivers wrote a post about “The Art Gallery Method,” which is a shopping strategy where you pretend that you’re in an art gallery instead of a store. As such, you admire the pieces you see as if they were objects of art that aren’t for sale. You enjoy and appreciate the many “feasts for the eyes,” but you don’t feel the need to take them home.

The Art Gallery Method requires a perspective shift, but it can be a helpful exercise. This is basically how I approach browsing in certain designer stores. I never expect to buy anything there due to their high prices, but I still enjoy looking at the merchandise. I also gain inspiration about colors, styles, and garment pairings through the experience, which I can then apply to shopping my closet and less expensive establishments.

This lesson pairs well with Lesson Two about revisiting your shopping priorities list. When creating or updating your list, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and the types of pieces you need for the activities you engage in on a regular basis. Likewise, before you put yourself into a shopping situation (either online or in person), reviewing your shopping priorities list will help you to remember what you actually need, which will hopefully focus your browsing and buying.

Lesson Eight: Shop In-Season for the Most Part

Unless your life and your body are extremely stable, it’s best to shop for the current season rather than well in advance of when you might wear something. Sales typically take place at the end of a given season, so when you purchase items at those sales, they usually won’t be worn until many months later. This means that it can be risky to buy wardrobe items on sale because a lot of factors may be subject to change, including where you live, the type of work you do, the way you spend your time, and your body shape and size. I’m sure a lot of women purchased items in late 2019 or early 2020 that they’ve rarely or never worn as a result of the pandemic and its associated lifestyle changes.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place in July/August and is geared toward fall and winter clothing. This works well for those whose fall weather actually begins around that time or shortly thereafter, but the seasons where I live are quite different. Cooler temperatures don’t usually begin until November or December here, so much of what I might buy at NAS could end up gathering dust for three to five months. This makes my NAS purchases riskier because my preferences, lifestyle, or body could shift during that time frame.

I usually try to buy in-season items during NAS and other sales as much as possible, which isn’t that hard to do since I live in a temperate climate. Items like short-sleeved and sleeveless tops work for me most of the year, either on their own or as layering pieces, and there are many options in these categories at NAS. Undergarments, sleepwear, and lounge wear are also a safe bet to purchase at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Sometimes I’m willing to take the risk and purchase long-sleeved tops and sweaters at NAS, but I usually stick with basics or tried-and-true styles in those instances, such as the long-sleeved black tee and black-and-white printed sweater that I acquired at this year’s NAS. I believe that both tops will get a lot of wear once the cooler weather rolls around towards the end of the year.

Lesson Nine: Do Regular Closet Reviews

So often, we don’t know what we have in our closets, as our focus tends to be directed toward what’s “out there” rather than on what we already own. This is why it’s a good idea to conduct regular closet reviews to gain a better understanding of what’s in our wardrobes. I usually like to go through my closet at least twice a year, typically at the change of seasons from “not summer” to summer and vice versa.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale occurs during a seasonal switchover time for me, but not the one that the sale is geared toward. Whereas for many people, NAS takes place right around the cusp of summer and fall, that time of year is when the warm weather is just beginning in Southern California (we often experience “May Gray” and “June Gloom” in the coastal regions). For this reason, I feel that it would be a good idea for me to do a closet edit and wardrobe analysis in late June or early July if I’m going to shop the sale.

Doing such a closet review would enable me to easily identify what my wardrobe gaps are, so I could look to fill some of them at NAS. Even though the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale primarily focuses on fall and winter merchandise, those seasons look different in various locales, so there are still plenty of pieces on offer that could work for the more moderate summer temperatures where I live.

Additionally, because basic pieces have been my most successful NAS purchases, I should focus the lion’s share of my attention there. I’ve rarely regretted buying bras, t-shirts, sleepwear, and cosmetics at the sale. Those items have usually been smart purchases, whereas a lot of what I’ve bought that doesn’t fit those categories was later returned.

Conclusion

I was hoping to come up with another lesson to make it an even ten, but I tapped out at nine. Perhaps you can chime in with some lessons you’ve learned during previous sales shopping experiences. The bottom line is that while sales can help us to save money on pieces that we either need or want, they can also be a veritable mine field. In order to be a successful sales shopper, it’s a good idea to do some advance planning to reduce the risk of “going rogue” and over-shopping.

Not only did this blog post hopefully give you some valuable tips that can help you to shop smarter, it has also set the stage for a few future essays. Stay tuned for posts on my updated shopping priorities list and my seasonal switchover closet review, among other topics. The discussion in the comments section of last week’s post sparked interest in an exploration of shopping psychology and the tactics stores and brands use to entice us to buy, so I’ll be writing more about that in the not-too-distant future, too. As always, I’m open to reader suggestions and I welcome your comments on this post.

16 thoughts on “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021: Lessons Learned

  1. Sue says:

    Interesting points. I think Lesson 5 ‘power pause’ resonates most with me. But as you suggest, FOMO can make this lesson very difficult to adhere to during sales. A 10th lesson I would add is not letting friends, family or sales staff persade me what to buy. I usually regret such purchases: they tend not to fully fit my wardrobe/lifestyle needs, or be ‘truly me’.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      I love your idea for lesson number 10, Sue! I very often regret the items I buy upon the advice of friends or salespeople. Most people make suggestions based upon their own personal style, which so often doesn’t align with what we like to wear and feel good wearing. I’ve gotten better at trusting my own instincts more. Just recently, I shopped with a friend who loved a pair of pants on me, but I felt self-conscious in them and thought they accentuated my hips too much. If I had bought them, I probably wouldn’t have worn them much (or I would have only worn them with a longer topper), so I’m glad I left them in the store.

  2. Lisa says:

    These are all good lessons but Lesson 8 resonates with me. While technically fall arrives sooner, true fall weather is usually mid to late October where I live. I have found that by the time I’m ready to wear them, items such as sweaters (that didn’t sell out) are marked down, often lower than the NAS sale price. I keep them on my wish list if I’m still interested, and such patience can pay off.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      You’re right that many items end up being marked down even lower than the NAS prices, Lisa. I’m doing the same as you regarding keeping certain items on my wish list to see if they’re available when they’re more seasonally appropriate for me. If they’re not, I know there will be no shortage of other items to buy later!

  3. Katrina B says:

    It sounds like you did get some items that you like and were able to return others. This is pretty much the ideal outcome of shopping at a sale like this. However I definitely understand your frustration with the amount of time you spent on the shopping process, not to mention the feeling of being influenced to buy things you otherwise might not.

    I think the seasonal aspect of the NAS would be a big problem for me. I absolutely love coats and would have dozens of them if I allowed myself to get started. But I never have an opportunity to wear coats. Just not ever. On the coldest day here I might wear a heavier cardigan or lightweight jacket. I also dearly love all the traditional fall clothing – heavy sweaters, wool skirts, boots. More things I simply have no use for. So diving into a sale that focuses on fall/winter apparel would certainly be dangerous for me!

    My biggest lesson learned does not have to do with the NAS, but applies to almost all online shopping where there is a shipping charge. I can’t count the number of times I have added something to my cart to get the total over the free shipping threshold. And even while I’m doing it, I’m fully aware that it’s stupid to buy another $20 item in order to save $5 in shipping! It’s a lesson I have to keep learning. 😦

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      I feel the same way as you do about coats, Katrina. Even though I try to restrain myself now, I still have too many coats for someone who lives in Southern California. I used to live in places where we had more of a fall/winter season, and I often miss being able to wear those coats and heavy sweaters, but I like a lot of aspects of where I live now, too.

      I have done the same thing as you regarding buying things to meet the free shipping threshold! I often end up returning the surplus purchase, but I have to take the TIME to go and make the return. Isn’t my time worth the $5 to $10 in shipping charges?

  4. Vildy says:

    Do you know the Paco Underhill books on the psychology of shopping?

    I don’t happen to shop Nordstroms. Nor Black Friday nor Amazon Prime. In the case of Nordstrom, I honestly don’t get excited about their stuff in general. I may really like, say, one piece a year but am too cheap to pay those prices. And I don’t tend to look at the other two’s merchandise because of all the false excitement generated. Whiling away time 😀 I may look at what people on You Look Fab bought or what influencers put up on youtube in terms of their recommendations/hauls. It’s just nothing I crave. Most is too casual for my taste. Though now that Nordstroms is going to carry more Topshop, a brand whose designs I like, I may end up searching for the same items at resale. I don’t plan, though, to keep checking the website continually to see what new items came in. Sometimes I feel as though I don’t find items so much as they find me. 😀

    Several years ago I stopped shopping out of season, for the reasons you advance. How do I know what size I’ll
    be or what I’ll be wanting 9 months later? I pretty much stick to that, though I’m a sucker for coats and I’ve gotten
    great coats in summer at one thrift I used to shop at. Otherwise, I’ve learned to avoid end of season sales. In my
    mind, there’s something to be said for freshness. I also tend to follow fashion pretty closely, mostly through online
    newspapers, so there’s not much that’s fresh to me anyway. I get pretty sick of seeing a hundred versions over time
    of the same prairie dress. I did wear some dresses like this a couple seasons when I was in my late 20’s, early 30’s
    and had my fill of it and wouldn’t wear one now if someone gave it to me. My mother used to say of a “new” style,
    “I had that already.”

    Now I know that the NAS is focused on fresh items for next season but, another point you make, I don’t really
    need any of that stuff. There are things I feel I need, mostly bottom pieces of a certain color but I don’t like to
    buy pants online, even though I can do alterations. The tactile feel of fabric is very important to me.

    I feel that what can trigger me most is the feeling of being denied. I have to keep reminding myself that just
    because I would never spend retail for it the fact that I discovered something for near free is no reason to
    acquire it in something like defiance. It isn’t really a victory unless I would like it if I didn’t know its reputation.
    Quite often, I find, because in order to do alterations I may open the lining and see how it’s made inside,
    not all brands with stellar reputations deserve them when you can expose the shortcuts they take. I can’t
    tell you how many expensive brands leave their seams completely unfinished and raveling inside. Or use
    crazy fabric blends like silk with linen. How do you care for that? How do you iron it? Ask me how I know. 😀
    So this may be one other consideration for weighing sale purchases – how much upkeep are you willing to put in after it’s yours, if it can even tolerate upkeep?

    I recently succumbed to a bargain priced Marina Rinaldi linen blend blazer. I’ve always like that brand though
    don’t own any. I couldn’t resist it for ten dollars. When I got a good look at it, though, they insisted that
    this unlined jacket – beautifully finished seams, though – of cotton and linen could not be washed and could
    only be ironed on low with a press cloth. So I did that. The results were as you’d expect, meh. Then I
    read a tip from a men’s clothing site that said you don’t have to press your linen trousers if you throw them
    in the dryer on low for ten minutes with an ice cube. That works! Take that, Marina Rinaldi.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      I’ve heard of Paco Underhill, Vildy, but I haven’t read his books. I have read a few other books (and many articles) on the psychology of shopping, though. Now that I’ve rebranded my blog, it seems like a good idea to explore these issues further.

      I do look at what people on You Look Fab (and some other blogs and sites) buy at NAS, but that can be dangerous for me because, unlike you, I DO get tempted to buy some of the things I see. I wish that I could do more resale shopping, but I’ve become increasingly sensitive to various fragrances, including those in laundry detergent, Febreze, and perfumes. It’s too bad, really, because I love the “treasure hunt” aspect of that type of shopping, as well as the ability to find interesting pieces at low prices. I like that one can find different types of items resale, as opposed to the relative homogeny of what’s sold retail (the hundred versions of the same prairie dress that you mentioned).

      I’m sure you would be able to share a lot about the quality of various brands with your tailoring knowledge. So much of what makes something expensive is about marketing rather than quality. I like your question about how much upkeep we’re willing to do on an item we’re considering purchasing. Great tip to throw something in the dryer for 10 minutes with an ice cube to get rid of wrinkles! I’ve done the dryer part, but I’ve never used an ice cube. I’m going to try that soon… Thanks for sharing!

  5. Vildy says:

    BTW, a marvelous book by Sophie Woodward, a student and then colleague of Daniel Miller who researches material culture (shopping), Why Women Wear What They Wear. You can Look Inside on Amazon.

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      That book seems like it’s right up my alley, Vildy! Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll have to add it to my (lengthy) reading list.

  6. Love all your ideas Debbie! As an accountant, I’m a big one on budgeting! It’s such an important piece in all areas of life, but particularly with items where emotions can take over. I like the idea of the “window shopping mindset” in that we can admire items for their beauty, without actually having to own them personally! This works well with your idea of shopping for your real life! There are lots of items I love, but don’t suit my rural lifestyle. Any time I buy such things, they either sit in the closet, or end up being ruined! Lots of great food for thought here. xo

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      Thank you for your comment, Jennifer. I’m glad you liked this post. I think a lot of people buy items for a lifestyle they don’t lead. Perhaps they used to have that sort of lifestyle but don’t anymore, or perhaps they WISH they were up to “fancier” things. I’ve really found that asking Bridgette Raes’ question, “Where are you going in that?” helps me a lot. A good secondary question might be, “Do I already have enough clothes/outfits for that type of occasion?” In my case, the answer would usually be yes…

  7. Murphy says:

    A few years ago I began avoiding sales at my local stores and online unless I either had a specific item targeted beforehand or my daughter is along (because she can keep me focused on realistic purchases). This has saved me a lot of time and money! Otherwise I tended to buy stuff because it was a great deal, but either it didn’t go with anything I own or it didn’t fit my real life. I still like to shop sales when I am traveling, though. I do need to keep my real, not very glamorous life in mind, or I end up with stuff I can’t wear and can’t return !

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      Good for you for avoiding sales, Murphy! I think anytime we buy something just because it’s a “good deal,” we can get into trouble. It’s fine to buy things at lower prices, but the price can’t be the primary motivation for buying. Sometimes we can save money (and of course, time), though, by avoiding sales altogether, as you’ve found. My husband serves the same role for me as your daughter does, but he’s not usually that keen on accompanying me on a shopping trip. I often get his input on potential returns, though.

  8. NATALIE K says:

    I have never shopped the NAS. I was wondering if I was missing out this year because a number of bloggers I follow ( all 50+) were talking about what they bought. I truly liked not one thing! I will find what I want hopefully later in the year from the catalogs I buy from. I do stay within a monthly budget when I shop. I’m disabled so running around doing a good deal of shopping is something I’m unable to do anymore. So I find shopping on-line is much better. I do shop for shoes in person but my girlfriend or my husband take me. Same with purse buying! It works well for me!!

    1. Debbie Roes says:

      A lot of the bloggers who promote NAS post about the same items, so I wonder if that’s what Nordstrom pushes them to try on and share. It’s a GOOD thing that you didn’t like what they were sharing because you didn’t end up falling down the NAS “rabbit hole.” Good for you for sticking with a monthly budget and doing well with shopping mostly online. There are challenges with not being able to see things, touch them, and try them on, but fortunately online shopping has gotten easier in recent years. It can be easier and quicker to find what we’re looking for online (if we’re searching for something specific), but then we have to wait to actually GET it – and sometimes we need to do returns and exchanges. There are pros and cons of both in-store and online shopping.

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