I’m a Careful Sale Shopper—These Are the 5 Items I Buy and Skip

As much as I love a good sale (and strive to not pay full price for as much as I possibly can), I consider them to be a blessing and a curse. Sale-induced anxiety is real, and I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all made impulse purchases before as a result of it. I know I have, but I’ve figured out what types of items to avoid—the ones I end up regretting. 

Getting caught up in the urgency and excitement of a sale does not make for clear-headed shopping, so I’m here to provide a little guidance, with the help of a sale expert: Michael Bonebright, consumer analyst with DealNews. With Nordstrom’s big Anniversary Sale having just arrived, I asked him for his advice on what to buy and what to avoid from sales, the Nordstrom sale specifically. 

As far as what to buy goes, he recommended current-season staples, elaborating “While there will be deals on many items, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale will be the best place to find deals on recently released styles—apparel and shoes that won’t otherwise see significant discounts until next season. It’s the one place you can get great deals on fall fashions before you even need them. Keep this sale in mind for sweaters, boots, and other cold-weather accessories.” And his advice on what to avoid is luxury accessories. He said, “There are some good options in the sale if you’re looking to pad out your work wardrobe (especially Salvatore Ferragamo menswear), but the big labels like Prada and Gucci only have sunglasses in the sale—hardly worth your time.”

Keep scrolling to shop current-season staples, as well as a few more items I recommend shopping, and find out what else I avoid ordering from sales.

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