Nordstrom is an upscale department store with enough variety to match all types of shoppers. Those with designer tastes and a discount store budget can still get some of the things they want at Nordstrom by using the following money-saving strategies. Being frugal no longer means you have to forgo those Ferrigamo heels with a price-tag that could pay your way through Harvard.
Join the Nordstrom Rewards Program
What It Is
When you become a Nordstrom credit or debit cardholder, you are automatically enrolled in their Rewards Program. As a program member you will be eligible for great discounts on alterations and significant discounts during Personal Triple Points Days. You will also be invited to special shopping events during the holidays and VIP access to in-store events.
How It Works
It is divided into four levels dependent upon your annual net purchases. For instance, Level 1 is up to $2,000; Level 2 starts at $2,000; Level 3 starts at $5,000 and Level 4 starts at $10,000. Also, for every 2,000 points earned, you will get a Nordstrom Note valued at $20. You can also receive an extra $20 bonus Note when you spend $100 at Nordstrom with your store card the day you apply. The Notes are based on purchases made at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack or Nordstrom.com and can be used at those stores. Nordstrom Notes expire one year after the date, which is conveniently printed on your note.
Because you get to choose any day to earn triple points for every net purchase made at Nordstrom and its affiliate stores, use the Personal Triple Points Days as an opportunity to quickly earn a Nordstrom Note. Then plan to take advantage of shopping with your Nordstrom Notes when there is not a bonus points event.
Always Use Coupons and Store Events
Nordstrom's offers shoppers a number of sales throughout the year. A Nordstrom sale is a special counter where products from a particular line are displayed at a reduced price. The sale counter is also available on Nordstrom's website.
Patrons can visit Nordstrom during the sample size shoe sale that are held twice a year in the Salon Shoes department. However, it is the store's Anniversary Sale held in July that is the most anticipated event each year. New fall merchandise is rolled out to be included in the sale. If you can't make the Anniversary Sale, don't despair. Nordstrom has great half-yearly sales with discounts on current merchandise, as well as, items from the previous season. Coupons worth 40-60% off bags and boots are commonplace during these sales.
A fantastic way to save money when you are not able to spend time shopping is the pre-sale. You can select merchandise to buy shortly before the official sale begins. Keep in mind that your preferred items may not be on sale. The store will use your debit or credit card number to hold the products until the day of the sale. Your card will then be charged once the sale begins (if your item is on sale) and you can pick up your purchase.
If you purchased an item only to find out a few days later it is sold for less money at a similar retailer, don't despair. Nordstrom is dedicated to offering its consumers the best prices on the market. As long as the article is the same size and color, Nordstrom will match the competitor's cost. However, Nordstrom will not meet prices from auction and outlet stores or websites. The company will also not match other competitor's sale promotions, shipping or gift card offers.
If you happen to buy an item and discover that it is on sale only a few days later, then the store will adjust the reduced price for you. Be certain to keep your eye on the discount flyers because the offer is only good for two weeks after your purchase. Be advised that Nordstrom will only make one adjustment per item. Designer merchandise that is originally bought on sale is excluded.
Follow Nordstrom on Facebook
While Nordstrom isn't as active on its social media accounts as some other stores, you can still learn about special giveways by "liking" Nordstrom on Facebook. There you will also find out what item (if any) will be given away for free during Sample Saturday.
Nordstrom announces its sales on the events tab of its Facebook page, so if you want details on past or future sales, that's a good place to check. The store is also very active in responding to customer questions or concerns about its sales events.
This guide was published on April 14, 2015, and last modified on April 14, 2015.