mattress http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7769/all en-US How to Buy the Best Mattress for the Least Money http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-laying-on-mattress-Dollarphotoclub_21789058.jpg" alt="woman laying on bed" title="woman laying on bed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If a house and a car are the two most important purchases in your life, a mattress makes a solid case as the third. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-buying-a-used-car-without-going-crazy?ref=seealso">How to Buy a Car Without Going Crazy</a>)</p> <p>Without the right knowledge, a mattress purchase can also become like the other two &mdash; very expensive. So rest easy by checking out this buyer's guide.</p> <h2>Increase Your Knowledge</h2> <p>Before any major purchase, it is important to research your options. The first step in this process is to take a visit to mattress store or manufacturer and lie down on a few different options that are available to you. Take notes on what you like and might be interested in. Visit both regional businesses as well as larger, national stores to get an idea on how prices range.</p> <p>Greg Beuerle, of <a href="http://www.purecraftedbeds.com">Pure Crafted Beds</a> recommends small, regional mattress manufacturers for the best value. Local companies &quot;can't compete on volume with the 'big boys,' so they tend to produce higher quality beds at lower price points. That $3,500 [name brand] bed might cost $1,800 from a small manufacturer and have the exact same or even higher quality components.&quot; To know this information, the research you do is going to be essential.</p> <p><a href="http://www.themattressunderground.com/">The Mattress Underground</a> is a great place to do your research, gather credible information from knowledgeable experts and ask questions before you make your purchase. Beuerle suggests any Amazon review you look for be only from &quot;verified buyers&quot; as any others can be inflated or from someone who has never slept on the mattress.</p> <h2>Know What You Are Buying</h2> <p>Before you buy a mattress, you need to know what's inside of it. Beuerle, whose family has been in the mattress business since 1946, advises:</p> <p>&quot;You need to know the density of any foam, and the gauge and quality (tempered or non-tempered) of any innerspring. The most common foams in the mattress industry is 1.0 to 1.5 pound density. Look for foam density of at least 1.8 pound, and preferably higher (density goes up to 2.4 pound for conventional foam). Density numbers for latex and memory foam are much higher (3 to 5+ pound). This is an area of great confusion because while a density of 2.4 pound for conventional foam is great, it's not-so-great for a latex or memory foam.&quot;</p> <h2>Test Out Multiple Models</h2> <p>Start with the least expensive and then work your way to the more costly models. This way you don't become attached with an expensive mattress when a cheaper one would have made you just as happy.</p> <p>Also remember, &quot;every bed feels great when they're brand new,&quot; says Beuerle. This might be especially true if you've been on your feet all day or are especially exhausted because your current mattress just isn't cutting it anymore. Therefore, look for a 30 to 90 day window for full returns, which will allow you to try out the mattress. (As a side note, you may want to buy a mattress protector if you are going to take advantage of this return policy as stains, rips, and tears are going to make your return impossible.)</p> <h2>Look for Places to Save Money</h2> <p>If you have settled on a mattress and are looking for a time or place to buy it, then now is the time to look for all the ways you can save money. Typically, mattresses go on sale during federal holidays like Memorial Day, Presidents Day, and Labor Day.</p> <p>At larger stores, the price on the mattress is not the price you should pay. Negotiate that price down as much as you can. The smaller, regional stores will more than likely not be able to negotiate the price or only by a small amount. You may also be able to negotiate a box spring, free delivery, or a mattress pad into the deal that will save you even more money.</p> <p>Buying a mattress should never be an impulse purchase. If you buy at the spur of the moment or when your back is feeling its worst, you'll find yourself spending far more money than necessary. The best way to spend the least amount of money is by doing your due diligence with research. Learn everything you can about the mattresses you are interested in, test out your favorites a couple of times, and stick to your budget.</p> <p><em>What steps did you follow to buy your mattress? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-the-best-mattress-for-the-least-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-november">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in November</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-april">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-home-hair-dyes">The 5 Best Home Hair Dyes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back pain buying guide mattress shopping sleep Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1270231 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Mattresses http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mattresses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-mattresses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bed-118155905.jpg" alt="bed" title="bed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite the fact that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, we often forget or underestimate the importance of a good mattress when it comes to our health and relaxation. A mattress provides more than just a nice place to sleep; for many, it can help relieve numerous types of body pain and may make the difference on whether you have a good or bad day once you wake up. But what makes a good mattress, you ask? This is where Wise Bread will help you, as we provide our list of the top five mattresses.</p> <h2>What Is a Mattress?</h2> <p>A mattress is essentially a large fabric pad that supports your whole body when you lie down or sleep on a bed. Mattresses come in a large variety of different shapes and sizes.</p> <p>Most traditional mattresses have an innerspring design, meaning their entire framework is comprised of metal springs. While this may be the most popular type of mattress, innerspring mattresses are not known for their durability, and they also have the greatest discrepancy of comfort among users.</p> <p>Newer options for mattresses include memory foam, latex foam, and air mattresses, which all aim to provide greater comfort by incorporating more moldable and springier compositions. Memory foam mattresses use visco-elastic foam in its structure to allow the mattress to literally mold to your body shape for better comfort on your joints, but the material also tends to get pretty hot due to its ability to retain more heat. Latex foam mattresses are similar to memory foam mattresses, with the main difference being that they retain less heat and are made out of more eco-friendly material. Air mattresses, not to be mistaken for temporary inflatable beds, have an innerspring-like design that contains air pockets that can be adjusted to provide more customized comfort.</p> <p>With so many different options available, ultimately the best mattress comes down to the one you find best for your own personal comfort and health.</p> <h2>The Best 5 Mattresses</h2> <h3>Simmons Beautyrest</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070N6SXS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0070N6SXS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/mat-simmons.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 215px; float: right;" /></a>Despite the large number of innerspring mattresses available in the market, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070N6SXS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0070N6SXS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Simmons Beautyrest</a> line of mattresses manages to stand apart and above the rest, and it even received the top recommendations from both Consumer Search and Consumer Reports.</p> <p>The biggest advantage that the Simmons Beautyrest line has over its competition is its unique pocket-coil design which provides incredible motion isolation for multiple users, making this an ideal bed for couples who want to avoid disturbing each other while sleeping. Users have also said that Beautyrest mattresses offer minimal pressure on the joints and great support for people who sleep on their sides.</p> <p>However, like most innerspring mattresses, the Beautyrest mattresses don't hold up too well over a long period of time and are even prone to premature sagging. Its very limited warranty does little to help alleviate the problem. Overall, despite its small flaws, the Simmons Beautyrest mattresses are still an incredible choice for those looking for superior sleeping comfort.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070N6SXS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0070N6SXS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $639 on Amazon.</a></em></p> <h3>Serta Perfect Sleeper</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLY5ZEQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FLY5ZEQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/mat-serta.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 192px; float: right;" /></a>As a Consumer Reports Best Buy, the Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress provides another great option for those interested in an innerspring mattress.</p> <p>Whereas the Simmons Beautyrest provided better comfort for side sleepers, the Perfect Sleeper provides excellent comfort for back sleepers while still delivering good side support. Serta also offers a wide range of firmness options available for the Perfect Sleeper, which is a big plus in the comfort department as well. For those who like to sleep cool, they'll be happy to hear that the Perfect Sleeper doesn't trap heat as much as other mattresses. There's also good motion isolation in this mattress line, although that aspect tends to vary among users.</p> <p>Premature sagging is still an issue with the Perfect Sleeper, as it is with most other innerspring mattresses, so your mileage will vary depending on the mattress you get. While it may not be the &quot;perfect&quot; mattress, the Serta Perfect Sleeper will still more than adequately satisfy your sleeping needs.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLY5ZEQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FLY5ZEQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $529.99 for the Queen (firm) on Amazon.</a></em></p> <h3>Tempur-Pedic</h3> <p><a href="http://www.tempurpedic.com/tempur-simplicity-collection/tempur-pedic-tempur-simplicity.asp"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/mat-tempur.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 197px; float: right;" /></a>If you're interested in a memory foam mattress, not only is the <a href="http://www.tempurpedic.com/tempur-simplicity-collection/tempur-pedic-tempur-simplicity.asp">Tempur-Pedic</a> line one of the most popular options out there, but it's also one of the best too.</p> <p>As both a Consumer Reports and Consumer Search top recommended pick, the Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress delivers incredible comfort and support by contouring to the shape of your body when you sleep. Many users have reported that the Tempur-Pedic's unique contouring feature has greatly improved their sleep quality and has even provided great pain relief. The Tempur-Pedic mattress also bests most innerspring mattresses in longevity, as it averages an overall lifespan of about 10 years. Better yet, it also comes with a 25-year warranty that covers mattress sagging.</p> <p>However, the Tempur-Pedic isn't without some faults. The Tempur-Pedic is one of the more expensive options for mattresses, and while it does have great motion isolation, some users have found it a bit hard to move on the bed in general. The memory foam material also tends to trap more heat than other mattresses. Despite all that, the Tempur-Pedic line of mattresses is still an excellent option for those looking for more comfort than can be offered from innerspring mattresses.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.tempurpedic.com/tempur-simplicity-collection/tempur-pedic-tempur-simplicity.asp">Currently $1,099.99 for the Tempur-Simplicity Queen on TempurPedic.com.</a></em></p> <h3>Ikea Sultan</h3> <p><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80139970/#/40139967"><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/mat-ikea.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 139px; float: right;" /></a>Looking for Tempur-Pedic-level comfort that won't break the bank? Then you should check out the <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80139970/#/40139967">Ikea Sultan</a> latex foam mattress. A top recommended pick from Consumer Search, the Ikea Sultan has quite a few advantages over memory foam mattress that may make it the more appealing option.</p> <p>The greatest advantage can be found in its latex composition, which delivers the same body-molding comfort of memory foam mattresses while offering great motion isolation that doesn't make moving on the bed very difficult. Along with that, the Sultan latex mattress retains less body heat than memory foam mattresses, and its firmer nature makes it better for front and back sleepers.</p> <p>The Sultan mattress has an above average lifespan of 8-10 years and is backed by a 25-year Ikea warranty. However, the warranty doesn't cover sagging, and the Sultan is still susceptible to that problem as it is continually compressed over time. The Sultan mattress is reversible, which can extend the lifespan of the mattress a bit longer if you flip it over.</p> <p>Overall, the Ikea Sultan provides an impressive mattress that delivers an even more impressive value.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80139970/#/40139967">Currently $399.99 for the Queen on Ikea.com.</a></em></p> <h3>Comfortaire</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009S4EV9U/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009S4EV9U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="300" height="194" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/mat-comfortaire.jpg" style="float: right;" alt="" /></a>For those who want a mattress with the most customization and flexibility in adjusting comfort, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better than the <a href="http://www.comfortaire.com/oc200-adjustable-beds">Comfortaire</a> permanent-use air mattress, which is also a Consumer Search top pick.</p> <p>While air mattresses haven't become a commonplace household item just yet, many users have praised the Comfortaire mattresses for delivering incredible personalized comfort through its 65 adjustable firmness settings, which also make it proficient at providing pain relief for the hips and back. Furthermore, the Comfortaire mattress is especially great for couples since you can change the firmness settings for both sides of the bed individually. While most air mattresses that have this feature suffer from a hump or sagging problem in the middle of the bed, the Comfortaire does not.</p> <p>The Comfortaire mattress does have its share of problems, however, as users have complained about the air pump becoming really noisy when it's adjusting the firmness and about the need for constant maintenance for the mattress' mechanical parts.</p> <p>But the Comfortaire mattress is expected to hold up really well in the long run and touts impressive customer service ratings for those who need help. While it does carry a pretty high price tag, the Comfortaire air mattress definitely delivers on quality.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009S4EV9U/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009S4EV9U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $700.75 for the OC200 Twin on Amazon.</a></em></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best mattresses! As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Shopping Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mattresses">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Along with refreshing your bed, this easy cleaning <a target="_blank" href="http://www.casasugar.com/DIY" title="Latest photos and news for DIY">DIY</a> ensures a better night's sleep. No need for harsh chemicals or expensive concoctions &mdash; all you need is a box of baking soda for this cleaner. The addition of essential oil gently scents your bed, helping to soothe and lull you to sleep.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Clean-Microwave-Vinegar-29094077">RELATED:&nbsp;The Easiest Way to Clean Your Microwave</a></p> <p>Read on for the basic directions.</p> <h2>What You'll Need</h2> <ul> <li>16-ounce box baking soda</li> <li>Essential oil</li> <li>Vacuum cleaner</li> </ul> <h2>Directions</h2> <p>1. Before beginning, flip or rotate the bed, which is smart to do every six months to extend mattress life and prevent sagging. While you're working on your mattress, toss your bedding in the wash, and fluff duvets or feather beds in the dryer.</p> <p>2. Open the box of baking soda and add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Close the box and give it a good shake to distribute the essential oil and break up any large clumps. Lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, and ylang ylang are all soothing scents that would be wonderfully calming. And essential oils are naturally antibacterial.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/d045e1c57aee8a45_P1140695.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>3. Sprinkle the baking soda over the bed, using the entire box. Now it's time for a mattress massage! Rub the baking soda mixture into the bed, which really gives your mattress a deep cleaning. Let the baking soda and essential oil work its magic for at least an hour.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/9bc8839f5be57975_P1140698.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>4. While you're waiting, wipe down the walls around your bed and the bed frame, creating a nice and clean sleeping area. After an hour, vacuum the mattress, working slowly to ensure all the baking soda has been removed.</p> <p><img width="350" height="350" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/3445b00e24fd5f86_P1140703.preview.jpg" /></p> <p>5. Along with freshening your bed, the mixture helps lift dirt and residue while wicking away moisture. And giving your mattress a good vacuuming sucks away any lurking dust mites, which makes everyone sleep easier. Make the bed, and you're ready for some serious slumber.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You might wash your sheets frequently...but how often do you clean your actual mattress? Make it happen with these easy how-to guide. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img width="300" height="95" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Cleaning-Products-28901279">Make These 14 Natural Cleaners for Pennies</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Hydrogen-Peroxide-28495761">11 Brilliant Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide</a><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Clove-Oil-Kill-Mold-29730039"><br /> </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Clove-Oil-Kill-Mold-29730039">Make Your Own&nbsp;Eco-Friendly Mold&nbsp;Killer</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deep-clean-your-mattress-for-a-better-nights-sleep">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Here&#039;s How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cleaning-rules-you-should-be-breaking">6 Cleaning Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips bedroom cleaning mattress Thu, 09 May 2013 10:24:32 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 973978 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Home and Family Items to Avoid Buying Used http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-and-family-items-to-avoid-buying-used <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-home-and-family-items-to-avoid-buying-used" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/car_seat_2.jpg" alt="Child in car seat" title="Child in car seat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="163" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gently used clothes at the local vintage shop or even a &ldquo;pre-owned&rdquo; car, as the dealers like to say, can prove a recipe for both savings and style.</p> <p>But there are scores of important family and household items that should probably remain first-run purchases, dismal economy or not. Here&rsquo;s a look at five in particular. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The Stuff I Try to Never Buy New</a>)</p> <h2>Car Seats</h2> <p>Buying a used car seat is like buying a used helmet &mdash; it&rsquo;s just not safe. Once a car seat has been involved in one accident, the integrity of the car seat is ruined, and it may no longer be an effective mechanism for protecting your child. Don&rsquo;t take a chance. Always buy a new car seat.</p> <h2>Tires</h2> <p>Cars are becoming more and more expensive to maintain. The rising price of gas is forcing car owners to come up with other creative ways to save money while driving, and some are choosing to do so by purchasing used tires. Tires that have been involved in a car accident suffer just like car seats do. But you can&rsquo;t always tell if a set of tires has been in one. Consider new tires an investment in your safety.</p> <h2>Computer Software</h2> <p>Computer software is expensive, and buying a used copy can often reduce your costs by hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately, most of today&rsquo;s computer software must be licensed in order to be used. Once the software is licensed it can&rsquo;t be used again, which means that buying a used piece of software is essentially like buying a blank CD.</p> <h2>Mattresses</h2> <p>Although buying a used mattress may save you a few hundred dollars, it isn&rsquo;t necessarily sanitary or the best for your body&rsquo;s physical health. When you purchase a used mattress, you aren&rsquo;t able to judge its overall cleanliness, as problems such as bed bugs are not always visible. Mattresses also generally only have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, and you may not be able to get an honest age from the seller. Buying an older mattress can also lead to back problems or antagonize existing physical ailments.</p> <h2>Pet Supplies</h2> <p>Purchasing used <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-yank-the-leash-on-pet-expenses">pet</a> supplies may seem like a good idea. But buying used pet supplies such as dog beds or cloth-covered cat stations can be just as unsanitary as purchasing a used mattress. Plus, pet odors tend to ferment over time even if they have been cleaned, so that seemingly clean dog bed you bought at a garage sale could begin to stink the first day it lays out in the sun. The exception to purchasing used pet supplies is the kennel. A wire crate can be fully sterilized, and buying a used one can save a pet owner anywhere from $50 to $100.</p> <p>Buying used isn&rsquo;t always a bargain, and certain used items may actually cost you more in the long run in terms of maintenance or having to repurchase the same item only a few months later. If you choose to buy used, however, always make sure to properly review the items in person prior to purchase.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-birk">Chris Birk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-and-family-items-to-avoid-buying-used">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">The 25 Best Things to Buy on Craigslist</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-dog-food-recipe-and-cost">Homemade Dog Food: Recipe and Cost</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying used children computer software mattress pets tires Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:24:09 +0000 Chris Birk 628750 at http://www.wisebread.com Friday deal - Sweet dreams for a real bargain -DEAL OVER http://www.wisebread.com/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/51X3PPW8MNL._AA280_.jpg" alt="Memory Foam" title="Memory Foam Topper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I couldn't resist this deal, and just had to share it. We've had our King Size bed for almost 7 years now, and although it's holding up well it's not as great as it used to be. But Amazon is almost giving away these expensive 2 INCH thick memory foam toppers, which means my sleep is about to get a whole lot better again.</p> <p>The actual product is called the Complete Comfort DreamCoil 2-inch memory foam topper. Phew. And the savings are major. Whatever size you choose, you get it for just <strong>$34.99 with FREE shipping</strong>. That means a saving of around $85 on the twin size, and a whopping $165 on the California King.</p> <p><em>NOTE: As a guest has very aptly pointed out, the reviews seem to point out an issue with size (possibly the reason for the stellar deal). I simply ordered one size larger, but please keep that in mind.</em></p> <p>Just click the link below to get yours. But get your skates on, I know this deal will end quickly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BUW98K?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000BUW98K">Complete Comfort Dreamcoil 2-Inch Memory Foam Toppers</a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000BUW98K" alt="" /></p> <p><img width="400" height="400" title="Topper" alt="Topper" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/41RZXVHSXZL__SS400_.jpg" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $10.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-25-meal-for-just-3-updated">A $25 meal for just $3. Updated.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals Amazon bargain bed deal discount mattress mattress topper save Fri, 07 Sep 2007 15:18:24 +0000 Paul Michael 1119 at http://www.wisebread.com