While packing to move to your new house, you decide to start fresh, ditch your old mattress and purchase a new one. But you don’t really know much about mattresses and figuring out which mattress to purchase is a big decision. It can seem overwhelming to wade through the jargon that the salespeople throw at you, the marketing hype, and the prices that seem to fluctuate from store to store and even online. But there is good news! There are ways you can save money on a mattress purchase simply by doing your homework and by understanding how the mattress industry works. We’ll share some great tips with you on how you can save money on this fundamental purchase for your home.
Mattress Buying Tips
- Get to know the top brand names – this is key because many times what retail stores will do is market a name brand mattress under a different name just to make you think they have a newer and better mattress, when in reality it’s the same name brand mattress with a different name label.
- Decide, before you leave home, what features you want in your mattress. Is it really necessary to have all of the fancy-looking bells and whistles that you won’t see or notice once you get the mattress home and put sheets and perhaps even a put a mattress pad on? Don’t spend extra money for anything that does not impact your actual comfort.
- Compare prices – the prices online and the prices in a retail store can vary greatly, so make sure to compare mattresses from store to store and online retailer to online retailers to make sure you’re getting the best price. Knowing what others are charging also helps you negotiate for the best price when you actually decide which mattress to buy.
- Go mattress shopping in comfortable clothes and if you need to, bring your pillow along so you can really tell how the mattress is going to feel.
- Shop in the evening rather than in the morning – you are tired by the end of the day, so you’ll be able to tell pretty quickly whether a mattress you lie down on is one you’d like to consider or not.
- Don’t cave to pressure – some stores train their sales associates to double-team one potential buyer at different times during the shopping process. Make a decision only when you’re ready to do so, not because they tell you, “prices will never be lower” or something to that effect.
- Mattresses are marked up terribly, so shoot for paying about ½ of the listed price. Never, ever pay retail prices! Don’t be afraid to haggle with the salesperson.
- Ask about freebies – what is the salesperson willing to toss in with the mattress purchase? Get specifics in writing so they are obligated to follow through.
- Insist on free delivery to your home.
- When the mattress is delivered, don’t sign anything until you compare your receipt with the actual mattress tag. Always look at the actual mattress before signing too because if you sign before looking at it and then you find a rip, tear, or spot on it, the company many not honor a return because you signed for it already.
Salespeople in mattress retail stores are trained to get as much money out of you as possible, so beware of what doublespeak they might be tossing at you. Each person has their own technique and will use it to make you feel comfortable and eventually, downright willing, to pay a higher price than you have to on your new mattress. Don’t fall for it – stay alert and observant.
M. Rochell is an internet publisher and a lifelong traveler (with insomnia!) Who has slept on almost every kind of mattress imaginable. She has developed allergies to the chemicals in mattresses and has developed quite an education about finding the best mattress, which she shares on her website Best-Mattress-Reviews.com.
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