Mattress sales are continuous in the mattress world, both online and in stores, and it only takes a hint of effort to find outstanding mattress deal. Therefore, when shopping for a mattress, avoid paying rack prices and always seek a mattress deal.
When shopping around for a mattress, make sure you physically test out several mattresses before making a purchase (note: this is a really good use of your time). The best place to do that is a brick-and-mortar store, where you can stretch out, turn over, and bounce. Once you have an idea about the type of mattress that suits you -- firm, plush, or pillowtop; springs or foam; thickness; manufacturer -- it's time to surf the web.
The JC Penney site is a good first stop. In the "Home Store" section, mattresses have their own category that lists lower-price mattress deals under the "Sales" heading. We found several queen-size mattresses priced below $500. Sears has a "Bed, Bath & Home Department" where mattresses claim their own sub-category. You can search mattress deals by price, comfort level, size, construction, brand, and more. SearsOutlet is another good bet for mattress deals, although many are discontinued models. "Mattresses and Box Springs" is a category unto itself, and you can search by brand and price within the brand. Mattress deals are also available through Big Lots, where you determine what size you're looking for before launching a search. We saw several options priced below $400 when browsing the queen-size mattress selection.
Don't discount buying a mattress online, especially if you can check out the same (or similar) model in a store and then order it online for less. Sites to search include Amazon, under the "Home and Kitchen" department; Overstock, under the "Bedding and Bath" department; and Wayfair, under the "Furniture" category and then the "Bedroom" sub-category. All these sites feature numerous mattress deals that you can sort through by size, price, and brand. And, they provide access to user reviews for models you're considering.
US-Mattress.com and Sleepy's are more specialized in their offerings but still post good mattress deals. Both have a limited number of showrooms but deliver almost anywhere in the U.S. A quick search of the US-Mattress site turned up 42 queen-size mattresses priced between $200 and $500. Sleepy's lets you search by price and rating, with many mattresses priced comfortably within the Cheapism niche. Mattress Discounters also posts mattress deals, which you can sort from low to high price. Finally, Mattress Firm has a clearance section that's worth a look. This retailer delivers coast-to-coast and lets you shop online, by phone, or in one of its 250 U.S. locations.
Price comparison sites help you round up deals you might otherwise miss. DealTime, for example, recently showed a Simmons Beautyrest mattress deal for just $319. At PriceGrabber we uncovered a Sealy queen mattress for just $349. Here are some other links to deals for deep mattress discounts: DealCatcher, CheapUncle and DealNews.
Coupon sites offer still more deals, including free shipping, savings of $100 to $200, and up to 60 percent off. Check out these links: FatWallet, Deals.com, and MyCoupons. For coupon sites and deal sites you'll need to search with the word "Mattress" or "Mattresses."
SlickDeals is a unique site where you can participate in the forum and connect with like-minded frugal shoppers posting about cheap items and deals that they've found. Mattress deals is one of many topics discussed.
A final note: If you find a mattress deal worth grabbing, check to see if the delivery service also includes hauling away your old mattress. Mattress Discounters is one vendor that says they will remove your old mattress for free -- a service that can save you money and hassle.