In-Depth Guide to Saving Money at Nordstrom

If you’re looking for upscale items and designer labels, Nordstrom is the place to go. However, the store offers enough variety that you don’t have to have a trust fund to enter the store—there are plenty of ways to save. Even frugal shoppers can find great things at Nordstrom, especially by using these money-saving tips.

Sign up for Nordstrom Rewards

Signing up for a Nordstrom credit or debit card automatically enrolls you in the rewards program. Members get access to exclusive discounts, especially on alternations, special shopping events, and VIP access to in-store events, plus they can also save during Personal Triple Points Days.

The rewards program is split into four levels based on how much you spend at Nordstrom annually. Level 1 members spend up to $2,000 in a calendar year, Level 2 members spend up to $4,999 a year, Level 3 members spend up to $9,999, and Level 4 members spend $10,000 or more a year. No matter your level, once you earn 2,000 points, you’ll receive a Nordstrom Note worth $20. If you spend $100 at Nordstrom the day you apply for a card, you can earn an extra $20 Note. Notes are based on purchases from Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, or The Notes can be used at any Nordstrom store or online and are only good for one year after they are issued, but that date is clearly printed on each Note.

Members can choose a day to earn triple points on every purchase made at all Nordstrom stores. A great way to maximize your points is to use Personal Triple Points Days as a way to quickly earn enough points for a Nordstrom Note. You can then redeem the Note when there isn’t a bonus points event, so you don’t miss out on ways to earn more points.

Use Coupons and Store Events

Throughout the year, Nordstrom runs a number of sales, which typically occur on a special counter with products from a specific sale line displayed with discounts. You can also shop the sale counter at

Nordstrom’s biggest sale is the Anniversary Sale held every July. Shoppers anticipate this sale for months because it is when new fall items are introduced at big discounts. One way to maximize your time and your savings is to shop the pre-sale. Choose items you want to buy before the sale officially begins, but remember that the items you want might not end up being on sale. Nordstrom will hold your items with your credit card number and then charge your card for the sale items once the sale begins. After you’ve paid, you can pick up your new deals at your local Nordstrom.

Other big sales include the half-yearly sales that feature discounts on current items and items from previous seasons. During these sales, the store typically offers coupons for 40%-60% off bags and boots. The sample size shoe sale is also held twice a year in the Salon Shoes department; it offers great shoes at great prices.

Price Match

Nordstrom is dedicated to loyal customers and strives to offer the best price available. If you purchase an item that you then find for a lower price at another store, Nordstrom will match the lower price. The product must be in the same size and color, and outlet and auction prices, promotions, and gift card offers don’t qualify.

If you purchase something that goes on sale at Nordstrom within two weeks, you can get the price adjusted to the lower amount. Be on the lookout for sale and discount fliers soon after a large purchase to see if it goes on sale. Nordstrom will only adjust an item’s price one time, and designer merchandise that was bought on sale is excluded.

Follow Nordstrom on Facebook

Nordstrom might not be as active on social media as some stores, but it does still offer giveaways on its Facebook page. Facebook is also the best place to find out about upcoming free products during Sample Saturday. If you’re looking for sales announcements, be sure to check the “Events” tab on the Facebook page. Social media is also a good outlet for reaching out to customer service, as they are typically very quick to respond.