Nordstrom Sale Lunatic

My older sister, Jen, is obsessed with finding a good deal. Though we have many similarities, we are quite different in that aspect. I don’t frivolously spend money, but I can justify an expensive watch (white ceramic! Michael Kors!). Jen, on the other hand, would rather buy twenty inexpensive watches for the same amount of money. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a great sale. Speaking of watches and sales…I went a little crazy this morning.

Nordstrom is currently hosting their half-yearly sale for women and kids. Normally, I am banging down their doors at 8:59am with a hot cup of tea in one hand and a list of “must buys” in the other. However, I was up until midnight last night baking a batch of brownies for my brother who forgot to mention that he needed to bring in a treat today for a class party. Since Natalie and I shopped a bit yesterday, I didn’t want to spend time at the mall again this morning. I haven’t missed one of their sales in years—my freshman year of college, I skipped Biology 201, borrowed my pledge sister’s car, drove to Nordstrom, bought as much as I could in thirty minutes, then made it to French class (wearing my new leather boots, no less) just in time for an exam. I am a lunatic.

Instead of being that crazy shopper who power walks through the store just to get to the shoe section first, I resorted to shopping online. I was hoping to find a new handbag, but I instead somehow ended up purchasing four new watches and a pair of shoes. Technically, one of the watches is a gift, so that’s not so bad, right??

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Being the savvy shopper that she is, Jen came across this awesome list of companies that offer a discount to students. I was aware that a few of these stores participated in the program, but I definitely didn’t know that places like Subway gave students a discount. By the way, most stores will honor the promotion with a valid student ID, even if you are a few years out of college.

  • Academic Superstore: provides student discounts on computers, electronics, software, and other college necessities
  • Amazon Student: free Amazon Prime trial for 1 year; includes unlimited free 2-day shipping with all orders and one-day shipping upgrade $3.99 per item
  • AMC Theatres: student discounted movie tickets every Thursday
  • Amtrak: buy one full-fare ticket, get one 50% off
  • Ann Taylor LOFT: 15% off
  • Ann Taylor: 20% off
  • Apple: 8% off (online and in-store)
  • Banana Republic: 15% off
  • Blockbuster: discounts when you show your report card
  • Burger King: 10% off
  • Charlotte Russe: 10% off
  • Club Monaco: 20% off regular-priced items
  • Dairy Queen: 10% off
  • Dell University: savings vary by college
  • Dominos Pizza: various student discounts based on location
  • The GM College Discountoffers savings on Chevrolet, Buick or GMC cars
  • Goodwill: 15% off
  • HP Academy Store: offers exclusive student discounts on laptops and desktop computers
  • J. Crew: 15% off regular-priced items
  • Made Well: 15% off
  • JourneyEd: provides student discounts on computers, electronics, software, and other college necessities
  • Kroger: 5% off at select locations
  • The Limited: 15% off
  • McDonald’s: 10% off
  • Papa John’s: various student discounts based on location
  • Pizza Hut: 10%-20% off (depending on location)
  • Qdoba: student burrito meals $5
  • Ralph Lauren Rugby: 15% off
  • Regal Theaters: Up to 25% off tickets for select shows and dates
  • Sam’s Club: Collegiate Annual Membership $40 plus FREE $15 Sam’s Club gift card
  • Subway: 10% off
  • Topshop: 10% off
  • Urban Outfitters: 10% off (on select dates only)
  • Waffle House: 10% off

Are you a splurger or a spender? Do you obsess about finding a good deal?

Do you shop Nordstrom’s sales? Get anything good this year?

Do you have any stores to add to the list that offer student discounts?

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24 Responses to Nordstrom Sale Lunatic

  1. Kristine says:

    Ahhhh Nordstrom. My favorite place on the planet. I’m obsessed with the Anniversary sale, but not as big on the Half-Yearlys. That being said there’s definitely a pair of Stuart Weitzman booties and a Nanette Lepore dress that just went on sale that I’ve been eyeing! :)

  2. Heather says:

    I totally use my Grad School ID for discounts. I feel less guilty because it does take some people 10 years to get their PhD!

  3. When I was in college, I would definitely take your sister’s approach of buying lots of cheap stuff, but now I buy fewer (but nicer) things. I love Nordstrom’s sales but I’m trying to stay away!!!!!

  4. Alex says:

    Why oh why did you have to post about the Nordstrom sale???!!! The closest one to me is an hour away…and I can’t online shop right now due to my personal 3-month ban! Needless to say I’ve created a wishlist and sent along to my mom and dad in hopes they will online pick up some of the things I’m eying!

    I am a total bargain shopper. I love brand name and high end things but I hardly ever buy something unless there’s a sale or a coupon to go along with it!

  5. Ah! I love those watches! I’ve been looking around for a new watch for graduation, and my top choice right now is the silver/gold Michael Kors. Do you have any other suggestions? I’m looking for one that has both gold and silver so I can wear it with more. :)

    • You really can’t go wrong with the Michael Kors watches. They are crafted so well and I always get compliments on them. I suggest going with the one that stands out the most to you. The very first Michael Kors watch that I bought was silver, thinking that it would be the best choice and match with more. However, after buying a gold watch, I’ve realized that I wear that one so much more frequently. Besides, you can easily mix and match your gold and silver jewelry!

  6. I miss living by Nordie’s! I did not appreciate it to the degree that I should have! I am a total mix of splurger/deal seeker. There are some things that are worth splurging on (Amazing shoes and timeless wardrobe staples) and other things that I just want to buy when there is a good deal (super trendy clothes that won’t be in style next year…).

    This post makes me so excited that I am going shopping this weekend!

  7. I’m all about the student discounts! Sadly, no Nordstrom in Canada… I’ve never even been in one… I’m deprived!

  8. i just bought some things offline too…i cant help it!! they had a lot of good stuff.

  9. Marla says:

    I normally only buy some key pieces that are high quality instead of a lot of inexpensive things. People think I’m crazy to spend so much money on something like a purse but if I stick to timeless styles, I get so much use out of them!

    I love Nordstrom! It is so nice to shop in the store and the staff is always so friendly. They have a fantastic return policy too. I literally die every time I walk into that store. My husband, on the other hand, has an entirely different opinion of the store hehe

  10. Oh man, I had no idea! I just got symphony tickets at student price because I still fall into the “25 and under” age group. The hubby and I got really good seats, and they were only $13 pp!

  11. Ahhh I just went to Nordstroms site and found a watch I want but I just can’t decide… I’m not an impulse shopper at all sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes its not.

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