How To Get The Best Mattress Prices

Here are some quick tips for how to get a good deal on a mattress.

Everyone loves a good night's sleep, and a good mattress can make a big difference in keeping you cozy and comfy at night. But why pay a fortune for the mattress when using a few common sense strategies and doing a little price shopping may be able to land you a killer deal?

For starters, it's important to know one thing: many stores are exclusive retailers of a specific model or line of mattresses, so you'll have a tough time if you're the type of price shopper who goes to one store and writes down the model and make of the one you like, then checks to find that model and make at a number of stores to get a good deal. You're going to have to start over at each store you visit, so a good strategy is to bring a notepad along on your comparison trips. Jot down some notes about the price and selection of features for each mattress that you like as you go, and that will make the job of picking the best one with the best value a lot easier.

Another thing to remember is that as you shop, the lowest price may not be the best indicator of a good deal. The quality of your sleep at night may greatly affect a number of areas of your life, and so it may be worth a little extra money if a mattress is a lot more comfortable than something slightly lower in price.

That said, on to the tips.

Try discount stores, but don't buy the first thing you see. The quality level of what you'll find in a Wal-mart or K-mart may be a lot lower than what you need. If price is your primary consideration, however, these types of stores can be a good place to score a deal.

Watch the circulars in your local paper for sales or going-out-of-business sales. If a store is offering a blowout, it's not unusual to find a sale of up to 70% off the retail price.

Don't count out the local classifieds. You may luck out and find someone selling a brand name mattress for a really low price due to a move or other reason, although you obviously would not want to buy someone else's old mattress sight unseen.

Check local Goodwill stores. Goodwill usually does not accept items for sale unless they meet some basic quality standards, so it's not unusual that you might find a reasonable deal for a quality item there.

Last but not least, don't count out the Internet. You might not think that the Internet is an obvious place to look for something as large as a mattress, but there are indeed Web sites selling brand name mattresses for low prices. Be on the lookout for outrageous shipping charges, however. You will want to price shop among multiple Web sites to make sure that you get the best shipping charges.

Good luck, and may you have a good night's sleep.

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