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2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Tips and Tricks

June 28, 2018


Erin Schrader

nordstrom anniversary catalogI’ve made it NO secret that I am a huge fan of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Is it my favorite time to shop all year? Does Ryan Gosling look good with his shirt off? Exactly, the answer is yes. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale [NSale for short] is probably THEE most anticipated shopping event if you like shopping, online shopping, shopping for yourself, shopping for others, or shopping for brand spankin’ new items that immediately go on sale! Basically, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. To make things simple for you, I thought I’d breakdown the need to know about items for this years sale:


  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the HOTTEST sale of the year! BRAND NEW, never seen before items and classic staple pieces that rarely go on sale are discounted up to 40% off across all categories: Women’s clothing and accessories, Beauty, Mens, Kids, Home and MORE! It is the best time to stock up on brand new merchandise for fall and winter!
  • Nordstrom recently released their Anniversary Sale catalog to give you a little tease of the 1000s of items that will be available. From what I’ve seen in previous years, the catalog is just the teeniest, tiniest glimpse of everything that will actually be included in the sale. So if you’re not seeing anything that strikes your fancy, have no fear. The sale itself is sure to be FULL of amazing goodness. Past year favorite finds include the ever so popular Zella High Waist Leggings, Born Riding Boots, Vince Camuto Booties, Premium Denim at amazing prices, Barefoot Dreams Cardigans and more!

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  • EARLY ACCESS: This year’s sale starts with Early Access on ThursdayJuly 12th at 12 am PST / 3 am EST for Nordstrom Rewards cardholders. If you don’t have a card yet, have no fear, there is still time to get the magic key [but act quickly – the longer you wait until July 12th the trickier it could get with having your card in time to shop]! When you have a Nordstrom credit card, you can shop the steals and deals before everyone else, 8 days to be exact. It’s pretty common for things to sell out FAST, so if you want to make sure you get exactly what you want, it’s definitely recommended to have access to shop early! Apply here to get your card! BONUS: By signing up for a Nordstrom card, you’ll get a FREE $40 Note to spend during the sale- it’s normally only $20 so this is double the fun! Just make sure you make your purchase on the same day you’re approved for your card in order to get that $40 Note!
  • PUBLIC ACCESS: This year’s public access begins on Friday, July 20th at 12 am PST / 3 am EST. If you don’t have a Nordstrom credit card, you can still see everything that is available during early access, you just won’t be able to check out. You’ll be able to add items to your wish list so that as soon as you are able to shop on July 20th, you can check out quickly and easily! Public access continues through August 5th [don’t worry, I won’t let you forget]. After that, everything will go back up to full price. And nobody likes full price, am I right?


  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is when LIY comes ALIVE 😉 Per the usual, I will be awake at 3 am EST on July 12th scrolling the thousands of items to bring you a blog post of my top 100 picks right away!
  • I’ll be shopping in store on July 12th and will be posting often with pictures of the items on to bring you true fit tips! Be sure to follow along on Instagram stories for that fun and the special group mentioned below!
  • The most coveted Nordstrom Anniversary Sale blog post is always the Hits & Misses blog post where I cover every item I purchased and whether I’d recommend it or not! Expect to see this blog post the day BEFORE public access starts so you’re fully prepared on what to hit checkout on!


  • This year we are doing something brand new and I’m so excited about it! To bring you full coverage of the sale, we just created this pop-up facebook group which will be used for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale coverage only! From nightly giveaways to Facebook lives of try on sessions, restock alerts, more hits and misses, more saving you $$$ [that’s what the sale is all about, right?] a community of others sharing their photos of pieces they purchased, ability to buy/sell/trade and MORE, it will be the most popular place to hangout during the sale! Don’t miss out and join in the fun here! We’ll continue to share finds on the Living in Yellow Facebook page, but we will be sharing so much more in the Insiders Group!

We are so excited to shop with you this year and can’t wait to find what YOU discover and are excited about! If you have any questions, drop ’em below and I’ll be sure to answer them! Get those shopping fingers ready…the countdown is on!

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  1. Dena says:

    Can you clarify the process of receiving the $40 note
    when you are approved for a credit card.
    You have to make a purchase the same day
    you are approved to get the $40 note or you can wait and make a purchase during the sale?

    • erin says:

      Hi Dena! You would have to make a purchase the day of signing up for a card in order to get the $40 note. However, your purchase can be something little. For example, spend $3 day-of and get $40 back! You can use your note anytime (I think one-year expiration) but I would suggest using it during the sale!

      • Kelly says:

        I just bought some socks and just got my card approved today. Will they email me or let me know about the $40 dollar note?

        • erin says:

          Wahoo! You should receive it as an email or delivered in the mail depending on your account settings! You can update your preferences if you contact Card Services or from your account. 🙂

  2. Seriously, thank you for doing that! Last year was my first go at the sale and I felt super overwhelmed until I found your coverage of the sale. Those Zella High Waist leggings are everything!!! Just joined the insiders group — pretty sure I should save up for this all year long like I do Christmas, lol. Thanks for the great coverage and for making shopping easier!

  3. SUZANNE KUHN says:

    Love your green and white halter top–where is this from?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Not quite related to the sale (which I also LOVE!) but your photo in the post includes a planner…can you tell me who make that one? I’m always on the hunt for the perfect paper planner. Thank you!!

  5. Jamie Annise says:

    Hmm….I just got approved and it said I have to spend $100 day of to get $20….? 🙁

  6. Tami says:

    So excited for the sale, thanks for setting up a separate group, I look forward to following along!

  7. Jennifer H says:

    How do people put items in their basket that are on sale? When I type in item it says “not found.” But I read people saying they have items from catalog in their cart. How?

  8. Francesca Fellino says:

    Hi! If I apply now to get the Nordstrom note $40, will I be in time to shop the sale? Also, where do I look at the sales? Why am I lost? Lol

    • erin says:

      Hi Francesca! As far as I know, you can apply for the card at any time. If you make a purchase the same day of approval (today) you’ll get the note via email! Should be in time to use it for tomorrow!! The sale items won’t be visible online until the sale officially begins at 12 am PST/3 am EST!

  9. Alejandra says:

    I so mr have the credit card but I have the debit card from Nordstrom’s. Does that one give you early access?

  10. Deb says:

    I have my appt for Friday at noon. I hate to say it, I’m wasn’t as excited about this catalog as I have been in the past. I am looking forward to this group and seeing what else is at the store. I’m looking for ease in all areas — Versatile for work to night or weekend casual wear to workout wear.

    • erin says:

      I agree! I’m usually not overly thrilled with the catalog, but they have SO MUCH MORE online! SO excited to share our top picks with you!!

  11. Kara says:

    I signed up for the card two days ago but still don’t have my new number to place my order. How do I get that info?

    • erin says:

      If your card isn’t already linked to your Nordstrom account, you should be able to call and get the info!

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