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.
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.