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Knowing when to buy a new mattress and why depends on a few factors.

First, it is important to know when it is time to upgrade because of age, or if the overall quality is deteriorating.

Secondly, it is ideal that you know when to buy to get the best deal. If you need help with your bargaining skills, here's a report from CBS with some practical mattress shopping tips: 

Typically it is recommended that you change your mattress every ten years. However this is on average and if you are not getting enough sleep or waking up achy, you might want to consider upgrading sooner.

Also, if you travel a lot of stay at friends or families places and you sleep better there, it is probably time to upgrade.

How To Avoid Buying New Mattresses

There are also a couple of ways you can extend the life of your mattress.

First, if you have kids do not let them use the mattress as their jumping space. This will ruin the mattress and can cause sagging which makes sleeping a nightmare. You can also rotate and flip your mattress to even out the sagging and slumping.

Most people only flip their mattress, but it is important to also rotate it so the feet area is now up by the head and vice versa.

This is so not one particular area is getting used the more than other areas. This process should take place at least one time per two months, but not all brands and mattress types are made to be flipped (like pillow tops).

Another good way to extend the life of your mattress is to buy a mattress protector and change out linens regularly. It is also important not to eat/drink in bed as a spill or crumbs can get into the mattress and ruin the inside components.

Finally, if you want to extend the life of your mattress is to not allow pets in the bed. I find this hard to do when Spot the dog wants to snuggle, but his claws could easily scratch and tear the mattress which causes a huge set of issues.

Best Time to Buy

So you’ve decided to upgrade (check out this great buying guide by Consumer Reports).

Like most big items the price tag can be hefty on your new investment.

First, make sure you do your research on the particular mattress that will best fit your needs. After you have it pinned down, and maybe even tried out a few, the following four ways should provide you with an idea of when the best time to buy a mattress is and provide relief to your bank account.

Major Holidays​

The first option for when to buy is around major holidays and end of the calendar year. You have probably seen the ads around holiday time and one should take full advantage of the deep price reductions around this time.

There are a multitude of sales holidays throughout the year so no matter when you are looking to buy, just be patient and wait for the promotions. With any luck and some bargaining you might even get a free pillow or other gift with purchase.


The second option is to know when an overstock might occur.

Typically this happens around fall and spring when shops are restocking and their abundance of supply outweighs demand. At this point in time, retailers are looking to move mattresses so they can make room for new or more items.

Inventory Clearance​

The third option is during inventory time.

Many retailers will knock down prices to move product prior to inventory or even right after inventory to make room for new product. The key is to know when an inventory will take place, which could be found out easily by a quick google search or a phone call to the store.

Grand Openings​

Another great time to buy a mattress is with a grand opening.

The retailer has likely done their market search and they have the perfect spot for a new store. However, they still need customers to come in to purchase or at least be aware of the new location.

What better way than to slash prices to draw a crowd. Afterall, it is human nature to want a good deal.

Wrapping Up

There are many factors that play into upgrading or buying a new mattress.

Knowing when the right time to buy, is just as important as knowing how and where to buy. Whether you are upgrading because of wear and tear, moving, or another reason; make sure you buy during a holiday, an overstock, inventory time, or at a grand opening.

Be smart and shop smarter and your new purchase can save you some money and you can rest easy.