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5 ways to save money on a mattress

Author: Jane Allen
Published: Jul 15 2013

A mattress is a necessity but buying a new one can be physically and financially tasking. Going around from store to store is energy-sapping while the prices of mattresses is high, to say the least. I discuss some proven ways to insulate yourself from stress and save money on a new mattress.

In buying a mattress, acknowledge the fact that there is no best mattress out there. As far as I am concerned, the best mattress out there is the one that gives you comfort at the right price. This is not based on the recommendations of a sales man. It is strictly based on your personal preferences.

You can choose to purchase your mattress by checking out stores in your city; you can also decide to purchase from online stores like Wal-Mart or Amazon.

Negotiate the Price

If you decide to purchase your mattress from a store, ask the sales attendant for a lower price. Most mattress merchants mark up the price of mattresses to be able to give large discounts so negotiate the price courteously. Buying a mattress is just like buying a car. Negotiate for a discount in a tactful manner. Don't try to negotiate in front of other customers as this will only make for a hostile environment that could cost the store profits. Be firm and don’t back down when asking for a lower price. Walk out of the store if the sales person doesn’t offer you a lower price. You can always get another sales person to agree to your terms.

In some cases where the mattress is already going for a huge discount, you can ask for freebies like a free mattress frame, a free box spring or foundation, free pillows or free sheets. Just ask and see how things pan out.

Buy Your Mattress Online

If you find the idea of going from store to store in search of a mattress tasking, you can buy online. It is amazing that some online marketplaces offer good quality mattresses at affordable prices. Amazon, for instance, has a huge selection of mattresses at prices that won’t break the bank.

If you are the type that prefers to test a mattress before purchase, you can pick out the most comfortable mattress at a store and purchase it online. Write down the mattress details including the manufacturer’s name, model name and number, coil count and other descriptive information from the tag at the store.

Buy a Memory Foam Topper and Mattress Protector

If you are on a budget and can’t afford to splurge on a mattress yet, you can buy a lower cost mattress with good support and add an inexpensive memory foam topper to give it the kind of feel you want.

Even though it is initially an additional expense, you can also get a mattress protector to protect you from allergens and irritants such as dust mites, bed bugs, mold, and dead skin. Aside protecting you from unwanted pests, a mattress protector also stretches the lifespan of your mattress and protects it from stains that can void its warranty.

Take Advantage of Sales Periods

Most mattress stores have deep discounts around Memorial day, Fourth of July and Labor Day; you can take advantage of these sales periods to save several hundreds of dollars off the mattress price.

Consider the Warranty and Return Policies

Before you purchase a mattress, look at the warranty and return policies. Are you allowed to return the product if you do not like it? Does the store charge high fees for the return? You want to know all that before you buy.

Finally, look for retailers that offer "comfort guarantees." A comfort guarantee is designed to protect you against product defects. Slightly different from a traditional warranty, a comfort warranty gives you the opportunity to return a mattress if you take it home and discover it's uncomfortable.

Jane has been blogging about sleeping and mattress issues for a couple of years and published articles on the topic. She is out to educate people about how to choose the best mattress for the money. When she is not writing, Jane loves spending time with her family.

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