By Brian Acton
There are many reasons to purchase a new mattress. Maybe you’re upgrading to a bigger bed or you want something more comfortable. Maybe your current mattress is showing its age and needs to be replaced.
But buying a new mattress is a major financial decision that costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars. It can be a wise financial move to look for ways to reduce that cost.
Here are five ways to save on a new mattress.
- Wait for the Right Time
You can easily purchase a mattress at any time of the year, but waiting for the right time can save you significant coin. According to Sleep Advisor, May is the best time of year to buy a mattress - it’s when the industry is offloading last year’s models to make room for the new product rollouts in June.
You can also wait for deals to be offered on holiday weekends, Cyber Monday, and other sales events.
- Do Your Research
Mattresses are expensive and you want them to last for many years. You should do plenty of research before you ever step foot in a showroom. Consider on the types of mattresses you’re interested in, the size you want, your sleeping style, and the manufacturers you like. Research brands and compare prices ahead of time so you know what to expect.
If you don’t come prepared, you could end up overpaying or purchasing something that isn’t a good fit.
- Shop Around
Don’t just walk into a store ready to buy. Make sure to test out mattresses in the showroom and compare prices between retailers. If you spend a little comparing prices and products, you have a better chance of saving. Pay attention to any deals and offers from your local mattress stores.
In some cases, you can save a lot by purchasing your mattress online. Online retailers have less physical overhead, and they can afford to offer lower prices.
Yes, mattress prices can be negotiated. Mattress manufacturers set minimum prices for their products, but the amount of markup the retailer sets is at their own discretion. They may be willing to slash their list price or throw in free stuff to make a quick sale.
Don’t hesitate to ask for a reduced price, free shipping, or freebies like box springs and bedding - chances are, the retailer can afford to make a deal.
- Make it Last
Once you’ve bought your new mattress, you should treat it right to make it last. You don’t want to end up needing a new mattress in a few short years. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your mattress:
- Properly support your mattress with a box spring or platform bed frame (the manufacturer can tell you the right way to support your mattress)
- Use a mattress topper that sits between your mattress and sheets to provide extra support and protect against spills and stains
- Rotate and/or flip your mattress consistently to distribute the normal wear and tear evenly and prevent it from wearing out
- Regularly clean your mattress
- Don’t jump on the bed!