Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide

Designer brands usually carry designer prices, but dressing fashionably doesn’t have to break your budget.

Savvy (and style conscious) shoppers know that department store Nordstrom’s annual sale event is the key to scooping up pricey brands such as Tory Burch and Steve Madden for considerably less than their typical price tags.

Want to know how you can get in on the deal shopping action? From when to shop to how much you can expect to save, here’s everything you need to know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

What is it?

Quite simply, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the store’s biggest sale of the year. During this time, the department store slashes prices on a wide variety of products both online and in store.

According to the retailer, “This event has become legendary among Nordstrom customers who enjoy outstanding savings on the most exciting new fall merchandise, along with plenty of stuff for summer.”

[The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale isn’t the only way to save at the department store. For more tips, consult our Nordstrom Store Guide.]

When is it?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale comes around only once a year — in July. The discount blitz usually lasts for several weeks, and it sometimes runs into the beginning of August.

The 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just around the corner. Deals open to the public on July 22, and Nordstrom cardholders get early access beginning July 14. The sale ends August 8.

If you want to be in the know about exactly when the next sale will arrive and how long it will last, join the retailer’s mailing list and follow its social media pages. Nordstrom promises to use these channels to spread updates about the July 2016 sale and likely sales in subsequent years.

Also, keep in mind that members of the Nordstrom Rewards program (Nordstrom credit or debit card holders) receive exclusive early access to this promotion. This means they get to shop the deals before anyone else.

What are the deals?

The Anniversary Sale deals are big. Really big.

In 2015, the event — which ran from July 17 to Aug. 2 — offered shoppers savings on new fall arrivals across several departments, including men, women, children and home.

The Tory Burch Joanna Riding Boots (Women) (Nordstrom Exclusive), for instance, were on sale for $319.90. The regular price of these designer boots is $495.

Other products — such as purses, jackets and watches — were discounted by hundreds of dollars. Shoppers saw price cuts of 25%, 30% or more in some cases.

Is it worth it?

So, should you plan your next shopping spree around the event? Probably.

Loyal Nordstrom shoppers wait all year for the Anniversary Sale — and for good reason. It’s the best time to get designer brands and labels from the store for a fraction of the original price.

Additionally, since the sale features savings on autumn fashions, you can have your fall wardrobe stocked even before the chilly season arrives. Otherwise, shoppers generally have to wait until October for fall styles to begin being discounted at major retail outlets.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: Twitter: @courtneynerd.

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