How to Get the Most Out of a Sale

It’s Tip Tuesday and today I’m talking about sales! I love sales and I love to find a good deal. I’m sure you can agree with me on that! Sales can also be tempting and call your name so much that you don’t always get the best deal. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (last day is August 2nd) has been particularly on my mind lately and I have purchased some great items from the sale already. I’m sharing you some of my newest purchases today as well as tips on how to get the most bang for your buck during these sales.









Now for the tips that inspired my outfit full of sale finds:

1. Look at other places first. It doesn’t take long to do a quick Google search to check out how prices compare to other stores online. I’ve saved a lot of money by doing this. Be sure that when you do this, however, you are checking for quality too. Just because you find something cheaper, doesn’t always mean that the price is going to be worth it. Often investing in quality will pay off in the long run, because it looks better on and will last much longer.

Here’s an example:

These nude fringe Steve Madden heels can be found for $86.90 at the sale.

fringe heels _nordstrom

Or you can spend $31.00 and get an almost identical pair at Lulu’s.

fringe heels _lulus

By comparing the two heels, you’ll have to make the decision if it’s worth investing in a higher quality name brand pair. Perhaps you’ll determine it’s a style you might not wear that often and the cheaper price is worth the steal.

2. Look for items already on your purchase list. If you’re anything like me you have an ongoing list of the next things you want to add to your closet. Sometimes I even write this list down or have it saved in my phone. Checking this list with items at the sale is a great place to start, because you won’t end up giving in to impulse purchases.

I’ve been dying to have a pair of Kendra Scott earrings (pictured) in the iridescent slate color. I love Kendra Scott jewelry and this color is so versatile I know I will get a lot of wear out of them. When I found them at a great price I knew it was worth the investment. I’ve also been looking for a plaid scarf (pictured) and a black felt floppy hat for fall. Both I found at the sale and snatched up at a great price.

3. Stock up on closet staples. Sales can also be a great time to stock up on closet staples. Stock up on items you love and know you’ll wear often. I knew I could use a long sleeved white tee-shirt (pictured) for layering in the fall and wear both black stretch leggings (pictured) and faux leather pants often. These fall must haves were worth snatching up a fresh pair of. I also ordered Lush roll-tab sleeve tunic, because I practically live in these types of shirts during the fall. They are great for work and layer great with leggings.

4. Plan ahead. This is possibly the best tip I can give because you’ll save money. You will end up spending more money if you walk in without a plan in mind. You might also miss out on the great deals with no direction. Having a plan of attack will always help you to get the most out of the sale. My plan of attack was budgeting how much I could spend and prioritizing my must haves. I left this sale with some great finds and with no buyers remorse!

Please share your plan of attack for the sale or your favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finds below!

Keep smiling!


Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. Aunt Kathy.Lawson
    July 28, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    Awesome Articles! Just like You!
    Mahalo from Oahu..Love you Miss Molly!

    • July 29, 2015 / 2:10 pm

      Aww thank you Aunt KK! Love you!

  2. July 29, 2015 / 11:09 am

    These are really great ideas! I like the idea of making a list of what you really want/need. I’m going to start doing that ! Thanks Molly!

    • July 29, 2015 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks Victoria! Prioritizing it helps me keep realistic expectations of what I can buy! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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