5 Affordable Home Improvements That Can Revitalize Your Living Space

affordable home improvementsDo you cringe at the costs associated with most home improvement ideas?

That’s no surprise, considering the average American will spend around $42,000 to remodel just a few rooms in their house.

As a thrifty woman, though, you know you don’t have to shell out that kind of cash to makeover your home. In fact, there are plenty of easy home improvements you can make for $100 (or less).

Here are five DIY affordable home improvements you can make that won’t break the bank.

1. Convert a Closet into a Home Office

Whether you work from home or just enjoying spending time on the computer, a comfortable workspace is a must.

No space or money for a full home office? No problem! Why not repurpose one of your closets and turn it into a cozy office space?

Start by removing the door(s) and hanging rod. Install a deep hanging shelf as your “desk” and a few shallow ones above for storage and decoration. All you need now is a comfortable office chair!

2. Upgrade to a Granite Bathroom Vanity Top

Nothing makes your home look dated like an old, tired bathroom.

Give yours a facelift with a beautiful new granite vanity top. Most come with a sink already mounted underneath. Check your local Lowe’s or Home Depot–the prices may be a lot less than you’d expect.

If your budget allows, complete your bathroom makeover with a trendy new faucet and mirror. You’re sure to love the results!

3. Paint or Wallpaper One Wall

Wallpaper can be expensive, and painting is time-consuming. But what about painting or wallpapering just one wall?

This works especially well in rooms with plain walls and small (or absent) windows. A wall of color or a vibrant pattern is all you need to turn the room from boring to beautiful.

It also frees you up to choose a fun, bold pattern that would be too overwhelming on all four walls.

4. Create a Doorway Display

Do you have lots of knickknacks, pottery, or mismatched dishes? Don’t leave them buried in a box–put them on display!

Give your home a fresh and modern look by installing some narrow shelves above the doorway of your kitchen, bedroom, or office.

Paint them to match the door trim, then fill them with your choice of display items. This is also a great excuse to hit the nearest thrift store.

5. Throw Down a Carpet

If new flooring is out of the budget, why not update your home’s look with a stylish new carpet?

A Persian carpet is a simple addition to give your living or dining room a sophisticated feel. For a more modern look, consider a soft gray shag carpet or a vibrant pattern that matches the room’s existing decor.

There are lots of fun trends in carpeting right now-find the one that’s perfect for your home.

Final Thoughts on Affordable Home Improvements

As you can see, making home improvements doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

In fact, these affordable home improvements will greatly add to the value of your home-without draining your bank account.

Now that your home is in beautiful condition, it’s time to focus on your yard. Click here for five great (and affordable) upgrades you should make to your yard and garden.

Places to Travel with Kids: Top Spots to Have Fun with the Whole Family

places to travel with kidsDid you know that recent estimates say that a Disneyland vacation costs upwards of $200 per person per day!

With those kinds of expenses, a family vacation with kids seems out of reach.

But it doesn’t have to be!

Read on for our list of the best places to travel with kids!

Places to Travel with Kids in the United States

1. Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a national park that stretches across parts of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Because of the active volcano underneath it, visitors can enjoy over 10,000 geysers, mud pots, and hot springs.

Not only is Yellowstone an amazing educational experience, but it has a lot of wildlife to enjoy as well.

There are over 200 species of animals living in Yellowstone like bison, wolves, mountain lions, bears, deer, antelope, moose, and more!

Since there’s a lot of driving involved, it’s a perfect opportunity to pack snacks, games, and some good music for a trip full of memories.

2. Pacific Northwest

Pack the kids in the car and head out for a breathtaking view along Highway 1 as you travel up the Oregon and Washington coastlines.

A few of our favorite activities along the way include:

  • Stopping at all the lighthouses along your route. If they’re open to the public and accessible, take a photo of the view from the top.
  • Stop in Tillamook, OR for a tour of the cheese factory. Sample some old favorites and some experimental flavors!
  • Walk out to Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR at low tide.
  • See the locks and fish ladder in Seattle during salmon season.
  • Visit Pike’s place for an authentic market experience.
  • Stroll through one of the pacific northwest’s 100s of botanical gardens.
  • Take a ferry to Victoria and back

3. Las Vegas

You read that right! We already know there’s plenty for mom and dad to do in Vegas, but did you know that it also features some amazing activities for kids too?

The pinball museum features enough machines to keep the kids occupied for days!

And the Ethel M. Chocolate’s factory is just a short drive away in Henderson. Kids can watch chocolate being made and then tour the neighboring cactus garden.

Need a little outdoor fun? Visit Red Rock Canyon to the west for a spectacular view of southern red rock and a few short hikes. Visitors can even see a waterfall during the late winter and early spring by walking the Children’s Discovery Trail in Lost Creek Canyon.

4. Spend Time at the Farm!

There are hundreds of farms to visit throughout the United States.

Let the kids enjoy a horseback ride, feed the animals, ride the tractor, etc.

If you’re traveling in the spring be sure to visit a flower farm to enjoy the blossoms in all their glory!

But remember, you can enjoy the flowers back at home to. After you’ve enjoyed a day visiting a flower farm, order some blooms to be delivered to your home the day after your return so you can extend the vacation even more!

You can read more on that here!

Best Places to Travel with Kids Internationally

1. Canada

Canada is an attractive option to those who want to travel internationally and on a budget.

But it’s also home to some amazing and family-friendly attractions.

Canada features some of the worlds best whale watching, especially for Orcas. Brittish Columbia has some of the highest sightings for killer whales during the months of April-October. You might also catch a glimpse of a gray whale or humpback.

If you’re traveling during the winter, you’re sure to catch a view of the northern lights or aurora borealis. Kids will never forget the nature’s fireworks they saw on your vacation up north.

2. Indonesia

Indonesia was listed as one of the safest countries to travel to in 2018. And if that’s not enough to persuade you to add it to the list, then read on!

Indonesia is home to world-class snorkeling, historic Buddhist landmarks, and beautiful naturally occurring sites.

  • The Ubud hot springs and waterfall near the Batur volcano
  • The ancient Mount Kawi ruins surrounded by functioning rice farms
  • The Borobudur Temple (the world’s largest Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Bali and it’s famous beaches and water activities

No matter what your interests, there’s something for every member of your family in Indonesia.

3. Norway

Norway is home to a series of world famous fjords or steep canyons that open up to the sea. Many families enjoy cruises through the unbelievable scenery.

Once you’ve finished taking the family through the unforgettable fjord regions, take a scenic train ride to Oslo where the whole family can enjoy a beautiful city with extensive bike trails, over 50 museums, and world-class hiking.

Our favorite kid-friendly museums in Oslo include:

  • Norwegian Museum of Science & Technology: this museum has over 100 interactive exhibits so it’s a perfect attraction for kids and the young at heart.
  • International Museum of Children’s Art: this quaint museum hosts a collection of children’s art from over 180 countries.
  • The Viking Ship Museum: this museum has the world’s best collection of preserved Viking ships and artifacts.
  • The Oslo Reptile Park: the name is deceiving because this is actually an indoor zoo that is home to over 100 different types of animals.

If you’re visiting in the summer, be sure to experience the 19 hours of daylight. Winter visitors must go skiing.

Remember This!

Now that you’ve got a start on your list of places to travel with kids, it’s time to pick one and plan the vacation you’ve been waiting for!

Now go make some memories!

Contact me to comment or suggest more thrifty travel tips!

Read Next: 5 Essential Tips for Safe Travels with Family

How Much Do Braces Cost? Straighten Up Your Finances

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So, you just left the orthodontist office and found out your child needs braces.

Great. Now what?

Your initial thought is probably, “How much do braces cost?”

It’s a legitimate concern. After all, you’ve heard that braces can get pretty pricey. You also likely didn’t start saving for braces during your pre-baby financial planning.

The good news is that braces may not be as expensive as you think. We’re going to explore how much braces cost and give you some tips on paying for them!

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The first thing – after you stop panicking – is to know that you’re not alone. Around 5.9 million people in the U.S. wear braces and 4.7 million of them are under the age of 18.

That means that there’s a lot of parents out there that feel your pain. We know while it’s a comfort to know you’re not alone, it doesn’t answer your question.

So, let’s go through this step by step.

There are five common types of braces. The orthodontist will choose which one is best for your child based on several factors, such as:

  • Health concerns
  • Overall teeth health
  • The issue leading to braces
  • Impressions
  • Mouth/head size
  • X-rays

After the orthodontist gathers all the data, they determine which will help your child the most.

Traditional

These are the standard metal apparatus that you always think of when you hear the word “braces.”

These can run between $1,500-$10,000 depending on the severity of the issue. The average cost is $4,900.

Insurance will pay some of the cost, leaving parents with a $3,400 bill.

Ceramic

Like traditional braces, ceramic braces affix to the front of your child’s teeth. But, they use ceramic brackets instead of metal.

On average, these are a little less expensive than metal braces at $4,600. The range is anywhere from $1,500 to $7,800.

If you have insurance, your bill will be reduced to $2,600.

Self-Ligating

These are similar to traditional and ceramic braces in the sense that they use a wire and bracket system. But, instead of rubber bands, the brackets have clips that hold the wire.

The cost is also similar to ceramic braces. These are very popular today since rubber bands aren’t a factor.

Invisalign

Invisalign are all the rage these days and fall in line with the other types at a range of $3,000-$8,000 or an average of $5,000.

This is a system that uses several clear trays to straighten teeth. The downside is that they don’t help fix an extreme over or underbite. The upside is that they’re removable and easy to clean.

Lingual

Lingual braces attach behind the teeth. While these may sound like they’re great for cosmetic purposes, they aren’t favored by orthodontists.

They have to be custom-ordered and they don’t fit well on tiny teeth. They also take a different skill set to install. In fact, the orthodontist may not even offer this as an option.

These will run you $5,000-$13,000 out of pocket.

Options for Paying for Braces

If you have dental insurance, you can call your provider and get the rates from them. The percentage they will pay depends on your policy.

But, you may not have dental insurance. In that case, you don’t need to take money from your child’s financial future fund to pay for braces. But, you can take out a line of credit.

The orthodontist office can set up a payment plan with you. They usually charge little to no interest, but this depends on the office and their policies.

You can also apply for dental credit through a reputable company. Care Credit is one of the most popular medical and dental credit companies in the country.

Another option if you fall into the low-income range is applying for Smile Changes Lives. This organization has been around for more than 20 years and provides braces for kids in low-income families.

Brace Yourself (Or, Your Child)

Now you know the answer to “How much do braces cost?” Unfortunately, that answer depends on several factors.

Once you discuss the option the orthodontist feels is best, talk to them about the cost. They may offer a payment plan with an interest rate lower than your credit cards.

The most important thing to remember is that you’ve got this, mom!

You’ll find a way to stay calm (at least on the outside), even when the dreaded “braces day” draws nearer. You’ll also figure out your finances and how to pay for braces, just like every other wrench that’s been tossed into your budget.

If you’d like some more tips on saving money, check out our frugal living blog.

Do You Want to Find the Best Deals Online? Here’s Where to Look

best deals online

Did you know that 96 percent of Americans shop online? There’s nothing better than buying Christmas presents from the comfort of your couch.

The deals and savings don’t hurt, either.

There are endless ways to save a buck by shopping online. But, knowing the best shopping tips will get you the most savings. Plus, shopping online allows you the time to think about the purchase and decide if you really want it.

Say goodbye to buyer’s remorse, and hello to a fuller wallet. Keep reading for eight tips to find the best deals online.

1. Install Browser Extensions for Deals

With a simple download, you can save money without even trying. Browser extensions for online shopping are a must for anyone who wants a good deal.

Some browser extensions scour the internet for better prices. Let’s say you see a gorgeous cashmere sweater on a retailer’s website. With the click of a button, the browser will find every site that sweater is on and tell you if there’s a cheaper option.

Another type of browser extension is a promo code search tool. Online retailers have a list of valid promotional codes at any given time. If you can find a valid promo code, it’ll save you money.

Extensions like Honey, Voucher Empire, and Priceblink all alert you of cheaper prices. They also find the best current promo codes and apply them to your shopping cart.

2. Use Influencer Links

Many influencers have affiliate links and promo codes from brands that sponsor them. Brands see influencers as an opportunity to reach new shoppers.

Check out the YouTube channels of various bloggers in the niche you want to shop in. They will likely have a video or two each month that contains a promo code in the description bar.

Their Instagram posts also often have promotional codes for posts that brands sponsor. Consider following influencers who post promo codes for stores you like.

3. Shop the Seasons

Use the changing seasons to your advantage. Retailers have annual sales that happen at the same time each year. Waiting for these awesome sales will save you a ton.

For example, Sephora does an annual VIB sale. Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is a deal-seekers’ paradise. Wait for Amazon Prime Day for sales across the board.

You can also shop off-season to get great deals on seasonal items. Bathing suits, winter jackets, and outdoor gear are cheaper in their low-demand season.

To remember when certain items go on sale, make a note on your Google Calendar. Each month note what items will be cheaper and any major sales happening.

4. Join Email Lists

Stores have email lists to remind you to shop at their site. They do this by giving you early access to promotions and special discounts.

Many stores will give you 10 percent off your first purchase just for signing up with your email.

While it can get annoying to receive a ton of emails from different stores, the savings are worth it. Consider creating an extra email address only for retailer email lists.

Or, sign up for the initial discount, then unsubscribe from the email list. It’s that easy!

5. Scour Deal Sites

There are tons of websites dedicated to finding you deals. These sites will alert you of deals tailored to your interests and tell you when a price drops.

Some, like Offers.com, gives users points for every purchase they make through the site. These points can get redeemed for even more money off.

Plus, the forum section of these sites gives you a place for conversation with other savers. You can discuss which promo codes worked for you and which didn’t. You can also share more money-saving tips with each other.

6. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Did you know there are sites that sell gift cards for less than the dollar value? One of which is CashCard where users save up to 30 percent of the value.

They have gift cards to popular stores like H&M, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales.

If you like to give gift cards as presents, this is the perfect site to save you money. You can also buy the discounted gift cards for your own shopping.

Plus, you can sell gift cards that you aren’t going to use to these sites. They’ll pay you up to 92 percent of the value for the card. If you received it as a gift, that’s free money for you.

7. Choose Stores with Great Return Policies

We all get stuck with items we bought online but don’t like when they arrive. That’s the one downside of online shopping.

But, you can avoid the loss of money by shopping at stores with good return policies.

Some stores pay for the return shipping on items you want to send back. Others offer generous return time frames so you can take your time to decide if you want to keep it.

Always check the return policy of the store you’re shopping at. We all have to return things from time to time. You don’t have to lose money doing so.

8. Save on Shipping

Frequent shoppers on the internet can benefit from subscription shipping services. Instead of paying for shipping every time, you pay once a year. Then, get free shipping on all purchases for the rest of the year.

The most popular example of this service is Amazon Prime. People who don’t shop online often won’t get the benefit of this service. But, the rest of us know how amazing Prime shipping is.

The website FreeShipping is a promo code site that targets free shipping codes. If the store you want to shop at doesn’t offer free shipping, check here for promo codes.

Want More Tips for Finding the Best Deals Online?

The internet gives us so many opportunities for saving money and finding deals. You just need to know how to find them.

Once you know the ins and outs of online saving, you’ll never pay full price again.

Use the eight tips above for finding the best deals online. And, check out the Deals section for free samples, coupon codes, discounts, and more!

Pet Therapy: How to Raise a Cat on a Really Tight Budget

how to raise a catApproximately 68% of US households own a cat, and why shouldn’t you?

Cats are amazing creatures and they make great companions. Coming back home to your furry little kitty can make any day better in an instant. After all, there are amazing health benefits to owning a cat and they can enrich your life so much.

But if you’re on a tight budget, you may think owning a cat is too expensive. It doesn’t have to be though.

Here is how to raise a cat without breaking the bank.

1. Buy in Bulk

Buying cat food may seem more expensive in bulk, but in the long run, it’s a lot cheaper. When you buy regular amounts of food, it all adds up fast.

Make sure to invest in bulk, high quality cat food. Hills Science diet cat food is a good example of bulk pet food which will keep your cat healthy. It doesn’t cost much and will keep your cat satisfied.

2. Make Your Own Toys

If you’ve seen any cat video online, you’ll know that cats find almost anything amusing. You don’t need to buy them the best toys on the market, they’ll play with anything!

Toilet paper rolls, pipe cleaners, and fleece toys are great! They’re safe and won’t choke your cat either.

Most of this stuff is free to make or cheap to buy the materials for. Look for tutorials online and have fun making your own!

3. Adopt From a Shelter

If you’re adopting a specially-bred or pure-breed cat, they’re going to be expensive. But if you only want an average house cat, head to your local shelter.

You can adopt a cat for pretty cheap and if you get an older cat it may already have its vaccinations. You can spend as little as $25 for a loving companion who will be forever grateful for a new home.

4. Restrict Outdoor Time

It’s no secret that most cats love to be outdoors. If they bring you little treats (i.e. mice and birds) it means they love you! But it’s not all gross fun and games out there.

Cats can fall from trees or eat something bad and they can get very sick. These can lead to expensive vet bills and bad health problems. The easiest way is to restrict the amount of time they spend outside.

Try to give them plenty of ways to stay entertained indoors so they won’t want to venture outside.

5. Look for Cheap Spay and Neuter Clinics

It’s important to make sure you get your cat spayed or neutered if they aren’t already. You may think it’s an unnecessary expense but it is important to do. If not it can lead to illness, pregnancies and a lot of mess!

Ask around in animal shelters and vet’s offices for information on low cost clinics. They take place in local communities to keep unwanted animal populations low.

You can save a lot of money this way so make sure to do your research and get it done.

That’s How to Raise a Cat Without Spending a Ton!

Now that you know how to raise a cat on a budget, now it’s time to get one! You won’t regret bringing a friendly feline into your life and you’ll both be happier for it.

Find this article interesting? Check out our blog for more ways to live your best frugal life!

Decorating Porches and Pathways: How to Stamp Concrete the DIY Way

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Outdoor spaces are often sought after in new homes. This isn’t surprising given the many health benefits of being out in Mother Nature.

Do you have an outdoor space that is looking a little sad due to old or damaged concrete? Is this the main reason you’re avoiding hosting a summer party?

Don’t worry. Do you want to get that beautiful stamp concrete look without the financial blow to your wallet? Keep reading for all the tips and tricks you need to know!

Choose the Right Color and Texture

Before you jump into mixing concrete, think about your space. What color or style would play well with the environment? If you have a minimalist style home, choosing bright orange or blue is likely the wrong choice.

No matter your specific tastes, there are many decorative concrete options for you.

Easy to Follow Steps for Stamp Concrete

It seems more complicated than it is. Follow these simple steps to get a beautiful surface that will last.

Clean

Get your existing concrete area clean before taking any further steps.

It has to be squeaky clean so the new layers will adhere to one another. This means any remnants of paint must go. If you are struggling, consider using a diamond blade with a grinder.

Power wash as the last step to remove any remaining debris.

Etch

Mix one part muriatic acid with eight parts water. This solution will etch the concrete. Spread it with a broom and be careful, as the solution can cause burns.

Once the fizzing stops, add a second solution (eight parts water, one part ammonia) to the concrete. This will neutralize the acid. Power wash the surface once more.

Prep Porch and Skim Coat

In preparation for the skim coat, tape off any edges next to doors and your home. Follow manufacturer directions for your specific skim concoction.

Once mixed, apply the skim coat to wet concrete. Work away from the house. Let this coat sit for a few hours.

Apply Finish Coat

Once the skim coat has set, you will apply both the finishing layer and a textured layer. The textured layer will be thicker, as this is what you will be stamping the pattern into.

Be careful to spread the layers nice and even across the entire surface.

Stamp, Wait, Color and Seal

After the texture layer has set, start from an edge and stamp the pattern you’ve decided upon. Pay attention to placement. Alter the direction and orientation to ensure a random look.

Let it dry between six and eight hours. Once it is dry, smooth any noticeable bumps and edges. Once you are happy with the appearance you can grab the paint!

Tape off the house and doors. Apply a stain using a pump sprayer. You likely will need to use a primer before applying the color. Wait around an hour between paint coats.

Avoid letting paint pool in any puddles and clean up spills immediately.

Put Your Personal Stamp on the Project and Enjoy

As you can see, it 100% is possible to create a stamp concrete look on your own!

Looking for even more DIY projects you can do around the house? Check out these 10 simple remodeling ideas!

Little-Known Tips for Finding an Affordable Mattress You’ll Love

affordable mattressYou know that lack of rest makes you one grumpy and slow person. It affects your health, your memory, and your looks in an unspeakable manner. Fatigue is also a major cause of the more than 100,000 auto accidents and 6,400 fatalities in the U.S. every year.

One in every three adults in the U.S. is short on sleep.

If you aren’t sleeping well, it’s probably time to swap out your mattress. Experts recommend changing your mattress every 7-10 years. And you should do it more often if you aren’t getting the rest you need.

There are hundreds of choices. How do you find the one that is perfect for you? And the bigger question, how do you find an affordable mattress that you’ll love?

Solving Your Sleep Problem

Resting well can be difficult if you aren’t comfortable. Unlike baby and toddler sleep disruption, adults often suffer from distraction, discomfort, or worry preventing a good night’s rest.

A new mattress isn’t going to make your stress go away or turn off your screens for better sleep, but you are going to be a whole lot more comfortable! You can spend anything from $99 to more than $1000 on a new mattress. So what goes into the price difference?

Pick a Mattress Type

The amount of use you’ll get out of your mattress depends on the quality and type of it. The type of mattress you choose makes a difference.

Innerspring

An innerspring mattress contains steel wire coiled springs to support and distribute your weight evenly across the mattress. A high-quality innerspring mattress can last 10 years or more, especially if regularly turned over end to end or side to side to distribute wear.

Hint: Despite what the salesperson says, the NUMBER of coils does not noticeably affect wear, but more coils can be more comfortable than fewer. The WIRE GAUGE (thicker is better) is a better predictor of mattress lifespan.

Memory Foam

Foam mattresses might last a decade to 15 years. It depends on their material quality and care. Watch out for the heat retention qualities of memory foam, as many people find them too warm.

Hint: Don’t pay extra for special materials. Viscoelastic foam has been around since the 1960s. It is long-lasting and proven to prevent bed sores.

Latex

Choosing an organic mattress? The lifespan of a latex mattress varies. Although hypoallergenic synthetic latex is available, all natural latex is a popular choice. Many mattresses have a 20 to 25-year life.

Hint: Double-check the warranty. Some mattresses might have little to no replacement value if they wear out prematurely.

Waterbed

These aren’t the groovy, sloshing bags of the 1970’s. Waterbed mattresses come in two types: the traditional type of vinyl waterbed mattresses contained in a waterproof liner in a frame, or the soft-side mattress encased in a foam box and sealed like a conventional mattress. They can last 5 years to 10 years with proper care.

Hint: No longer the popular choice, waterbed mattresses may have a steep priced when you find them.

Hybrid and Pillowtop

A hybrid mattress is a combo of foam and innerspring mattresses. The most common configuration is a layer of foam, coiled spring supports, then another layer of foam. These are often the most affordable mattress type.

A pillowtop is additional padding between you and your mattress. The extra cushion layer can shorten your mattress’ lifespan, as you cannot flip the mattress to even out wear on the coils. The lifespan of the padding can also be shorter than that of the mattress and leave you with uneven lumps and dips.

Hint: A hybrid or pillowtop mattress might need replacement after just 6 years. The durability depends on the quality of the base foam and the coils.

Hard or Soft Option

One factory’s “extra firm” might be a mere “medium” to a different mattress company. There are no standardized measurements of firmness. Find the mattress that suits your sleep habits best based by trying it out.

Hint: Mattresses labeled softer might not be more comfortable, and harder ones might not be long-lasting.

Save on Sizes

Hint: You don’t have to buy a new box spring every time.

If you purchase the same size mattress as your current one, you shouldn’t need to change the foundation. Sure, the fabrics covering the box spring and the mattress won’t match, but who sees them? Use the money you saved to buy a mattress cover and a dust ruffle if it bothers you.

If you downsize your mattress, you gain a few square feet of floor space in your bedroom and reduce your costs. A California King is the same size as two standard twin beds together. Downsize to a queen and gain room for a dresser or two.

Hint: Queen size beds are the “standard size” of the market. They are often the “floor model” or “sale item.” The price difference between a Queen and King is often 50% or more.

Finding An Affordable Mattress Just Takes Research

Do your homework. A common trick of the mattress industry is to make comparison shopping difficult. The same manufacturer might make just three mattress types but label 30 or more distinct models to ship to different stores.

Consider trying out mattresses for 15 minutes or more. If you can’t spend the time in a store doing that, get your mattress from a place with a generous return policy so that you can try it out and send it back if it isn’t comfortable.

Know what you want in a mattress and negotiate for that, not a certain brand name. The same strategies you use for grocery shopping will work to your advantage. Always keep your budget in mind.

Summing It All Up

Finding an affordable mattress that you love is a challenging project but will be a worthwhile investment in a good night’s sleep. Saving money on a quality mattress is a good investment. Leave a question or comment in the box below!