A Frugal Way to Select a New Mattress
It’s been 10 years since I purchased my last mattress set. I remember paying close to $2000 to get a Queen Posturepedic set that met my standards of comfort. But, my standards have changed over the past decade and decided it was time to go with something new.
After checking out my area mattress dealers, I found a mattress set that I liked but there was no way in heck I was going to spend upwards of $4000 for it. Being on this frugal lifestyle has opened my eyes to all sorts of areas where being frugal is necessary.
Sure, we spend nearly a third of our lives in bed and forking over top dollar to get top quality seems like the right move but it isn’t. Especially when you consider that more than 70% of the price of a top quality set goes into marketing. This is why we have all seen a huge increase in the rise of internet mattress companies where you can purchase directly from the manufacturer or at a hugely discounted rate from larger online marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart, and Wayfair.
I was all set to go in and purchase a new Sleep Number bed and then I spent the weekend at my cousin’s home in Savannah, GA last weekend. Her spare bedroom had a queen memory foam mattress she purchased from Amazon and I have to say it was the most comfortable mattress I have slept in for ages.
That weekend changed everything for me. I came home and immediately started to research these memory foam mattresses. I read lots of reviews, mostly good, but there were a few complaints. Oddly enough, the complaints were rarely about comfort levels; not exactly.
The major complaint was that these mattresses retained a lot of body heat so I did some research on how to resolve that issue as well.
Just yesterday, I went online to Amazon and purchased a Zinus 12 inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress for $265 with free shipping.
I live in a rural area near Charleston, South Carolina, where it is still in the mid to upper 80’s, so the cooling is an issue I want to tackle head-on. The first thing I did was purchase a Queen sized mattress platform, also from Zinu and also on Amazon with free shipping, for another $70. This platform allows air to circulate under and then through the mattress.
Next, I purchased a mattress cover from Amazon. The cover is mostly to protect the mattress from allergens, dust mites, and fluids including perspiration. The cover added another $29 to my total and it is an Amazon ‘Best Seller.’
Lastly, I purchased a new set of 100% Egyptian cotton sheets to fit the 12-inch thick mattress. The set is 1200 thread count hotel quality that I was lucky enough to find on eBay. The set is brand new and cost me just under $40 with free shipping.
In case you are keeping a tally, my total costs for this new bed set is just over $400. Can you believe that? I was more than willing to spend another $2000 on a new mattress set and ended up saving almost $1600.
If you haven’t tried resting on a memory foam mattress then I suggest you get out there and try it out. Bring someone with you in case you fall asleep. Test it out at a dealer then use the internet to find the one right for you… better yet, use the links I’ve provided and read the reviews yourself.
I have Amazon Prime so my new set should be here tomorrow. I’ll probably have to wait a few more days for my eBay purchase to arrive but I’m ready for a good night sleep again since I gave away my old set on Craigslist and have been sleeping on the couch for the past few days.