5 Tips For Saving Money On A New Mattress

by Leon on March 1, 2013

ways to save money on a mattressIf it’s time for you to get a new mattress, initially, you might not think that it’s that big of a deal. However, being that most of us spend approximately one-third of our lifetime in bed and being that sleep is what helps to rejuvenate our bodies, it is extremely important that you select a mattress that is just right. It needs to support your body, reduce body aches and cause you to wake up feeling well-rested.

For these reasons, it’s best to look at a mattress as an investment and yes, purchasing a really good one can easily run you around $1,000-2,000. However, we do have five tips that are sure to help you save money while making your selection.

Understand the differences in mattresses. One of the most important things that you can do before purchasing a mattress is to know the different kinds that are available to you. There are innerspring mattresses that help to provide good spinal alignment while you are sleeping. There are latex foam mattresses that are not only very resilient, but they are made with a breathable fabric so that it helps reduce the amount of heat build-up so that you can rest more comfortably. And, there are memory foam mattresses that contour to your body. Knowing the kind of mattress that you’d like to have will help you in figuring out what kind of price ranges you will have to choose from.

Test them out yourself. When you’re going to purchase something like a car or an appliance, it’s fairly easy to go online to read reviews on different makes and products. With a mattress, it’s virtually impossible because someone considering a mattress to be good or not is pretty subjective. For this reason, don’t assume that the price tag on the mattress means that it’s your best fit. There are some people who have been quite happy going to Wal-Mart and purchasing a “mattress in a box” for around $300 rather than spending thousands on one that is more high-end.

Steer clear of the “cover hype”. There are a lot of advertisements that will try and get you to pay more for a mattress simply because of the kind of material that it’s covered in. Honestly, that’s really not going to matter so don’t allow the “It’s covered in a blend of cashmere and wool” marketing ploy to influence your decision.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Here’s something that a lot of people may not know: mattresses are actually one of the most heavily marked up items there is. For this reason, according to a study that was conducted by Consumer Reports, approximately 72 percent of mattress shoppers were able to negotiate a price that was cheaper than what the mattress was advertised for. So, don’t be shy about trying to offer a lower amount. Most mattress sellers are willing to consider it.

Don’t hesitate to shop on websites like Craigslist and eBay. If you do happen to see a mattress that you like at a mattress store, but the cost of it was more than you could afford, you might want to take down its details and then go to a website like Craigslist or eBay to see if they have it for sale as well. Nine times out of ten, it’s going to be much cheaper than the retail price, which will free you up to make other bed purchases like comforters, pillows and maybe even some waterbed sheets. Happy shopping.

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