My favorite shopping event of the year is finally here. This weekend, which kicks before Thanksgiving with some retailers, provides some of the best deals we will see. Traditionally, this is the weekend where most retailers cross over from red to black, and they will do whatever it takes to earn your shopping dollars. Offers are competitive, because almost every retailer will have one. I will update this every time I see an incredible offer through Cyber Monday, so this list will grow over the week. My tastes might vary from yours, so make sure you sign up for emails from all of your favorite retailers. It is also a good idea to check multiple blogs and sites to see what each of them feel is worth mentioning this season. Most of these offers go out to all customers. Of course, there might be some affiliate exclusives or offers targeted to select customers. I am not listing any small offers, because this is the time of year when we can stretch our budget further by scoring just the right deal. Some big offers will not make the cut either, because I cannot list them all.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 when Grover Cleveland (some dispute giving him credit) declared we needed an annual celebration of workers and their achievements. This was during the height of the Industrial Revolution, so employees were really making an impact on the economy. It was not uncommon for workers to endure 12 hour shifts, seven days a week. No one was immune, not even children. Since weekends did not exist for these workers, Labor Day was a welcome and extremely brief reprieve for our ancestors who brought us into a new millennium. Though must of us do not have the work ethic of our forefathers, and thank goodness for that because there is more to life than earning money, Labor Day is still an important part of our society.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a once a year event that starts in July and carries over into August. It opened to shoppers with a credit or debit card on July 12th, so they got eight extra shopping days across the 3 and a 1/2 week event. Those of us without any Nordstrom cards can shop the sale officially starting today, July 20th. This sale runs through August 5th, so it is a long event. If you have not already joined Nordstrom Rewards, sign up before shopping the sale. It was once only open to card holders, but everyone can join now. Card holders will still get better benefits, but those of us who refuse to open cards still get some perks. Add any benefits to Nordstrom’s legendary service, and shopping there becomes even more desirable.
By GWP, I mean a real gift with purchase. Technically a single deluxe item is a GWP. Although, I do appreciate that MAC started offering a free deluxe sample with direct orders once it resigned the site, I prefer my GWP in bundles. It is also possible to get a single MAC deluxe sample with select department store purchases. My MAC collection is relatively small. As a deal shopper, I do not find many deals on MAC items. I actually addressed this last year when I finally purchased the 217 brush. MAC items are cheaper than most stores that sell their own items and have counters in department stores, but I still need to feel like I am getting a deal. The number one thing that urges me into a purchase is a GWP, followed by a discount. Granted, I would choose the discount if it was better than my (I always calculate the value of what I would use) GWP value.
Today is the last day to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is an annual event that takes place every July. If you have not already shopped the sale, it would be a great day to look around. Many items will go up in price tomorrow. There over 80 GWP offers in the beauty department, including five (mystery) beauty samples with any beauty purchase instead of three you pick out. Expect some of these gifts to disappear in the morning. Every department has items in the sale, so venture out of Beauty and take a look at other departments. This is also a great time to redeem the $10 gift card if you received a free one for becoming a Nordstrom Rewards member before the event. Those gift cards have no purchase minimum, so they redeem them on anything. They expire today though, so use them or lose them.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a once a year event that starts in July and carries over into August. It opened to shoppers with a credit or debit card on July 14th, so they got eight extra shopping days across the 3 and a 1/2 week event. Those of us without any Nordstrom cards can shop the sale officially starting today, July 22nd. This sale runs through August 7th, so it is a long event. If you have not already joined Nordstrom Rewards, sign up before shopping the sale. It used to only be open for card holders, but everyone can join now. Card holders will still get better benefits, but those of us who refuse to open cards still get some benefits. Add any benefits to Nordstrom’s legendary service, and shopping there becomes even more desirable.
2016 marks the Year of the Monkey. As a Monkey, I wanted to collect some pieces. This is the first time I’ve been interested in makeup during my year. Nordstrom carries a couple of pieces I want, but I traded for one of them. The item I purchased here, while technically for The Year of The Monkey, does not have an actual monkey on it. I love the beautiful, limited edition gold packaging though. My desire to purchase something that represents the Chinese Zodiac happened to coincide with the Lunar New Year. To celebrate the switch, Nordstrom offered a special gift with purchase I was able to partake in as well.
Black Friday is the biggest sale day of the year. Traditionally, it is the day most stores cross from red (losing money) to black (making money). Most cross in style with more deals than we can ever partake in. Participating in the best deals once required you to venture out at 3am. Now, you can get a number of great deals from your house. Cyber Monday will bring deals of its own, but it is not always the case that the best Internet deals come out Monday. Many stores see the same sale both days (assuming inventory lasts through the weekend). Some sales are better on Black Friday, even online.
The Nordstrom Beauty Trend Events/Shows are in full swing. If you have not already registered, check the schedule for your city. There are differences between the Event and the Show. My Event conflicts with a personal obligation this year, so I am going to share my experience from last year. I also shared this on Beautytalk right after the event where people asked questions and shared their personal experiences.