Nordstrom just sweetened its Rewards program, if you sign up soon. The department store is offering free money toward a future purchase, and you have nothing to lose by registering.
Join Nordstrom Rewards before Nov. 13, 2016, with your name, email address and phone number. You can sign up next time you’re in a store or register online — it only takes a few seconds, and you won’t be pressured to sign up for a credit card.
How to Get Your Free Nordstrom Certificate
Nordstrom Rewards will email you a $10 certificate around Nov. 26. That voucher is good through Dec. 24 in Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack stores and online. Nordstrom also runs HauteLook, a free membership flash-sale site.
Meanwhile, as you shop, you’ll earn one point per dollar spent at Nordstrom stores in person or online. When you accrue 2,000 Nordstrom Rewards points, you’ll receive a $20 “Note” by email to spend at any Nordstrom location.
If you doubt you’ll ever spend $2,000 at Nordstrom, don’t sweat it too much — the store sometimes hosts bonus-point events where you can earn more than the one-to-one ratio.
Your points expire three years from the last day of the year you earned them in.
Your Smart Shopping Choice: Nordstrom Rack
Think Nordstrom is too expensive in the first place? You need to visit Nordstrom Rack, the discount arm of the brand and a treasure trove of deals on high-quality items.
You need a game plan before you walk into Nordstrom Rack, though, since it can be an overwhelming experience. I always start with shoes, since I only need to look in the few aisles that carry my size. I started buying my athletic shoes from Nordstrom Rack a few years ago, and routinely find styles that work for me at 40% off retail.
Bonus tip: Nordstrom Rack carries tons of small, inexpensive items like makeup, hair products and nail polish. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers this holiday season, head to this section to make the most of your $10 certificate!
Your Turn: Will you sign up to be a Nordstrom Rewards member?
Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder. She used to work around the corner from a Nordstrom Rack. It was trouble.