I Bought a Mattress Online and Here's What Happened

Hello lovely,

There are a lot of major milestones in adulthood: completing college, buying your own car, starting your dream job, and oddly enough, buying furniture. Let me tell you guys how serious this was for me. I have had the SAME mattress since coming out of the crib. Let that sink in for a minute. It’s not that I didn’t I never thought to change it. I honestly never had the opportunity. For a long time I lived in Florida and even when I came back, I wasn’t trying to invest in anything, because I was always looking for my next escape. But I’ve been home for 6 years now and I just started another 2 year contract as a school counsellor, so I figured I might as well get comfortable. Last year I got a new bed (do you know how embarrassing it is to bring a guy back to a four poster bed in your mum’s house at nearly 30). So last month I began my search for a new mattress.

I went to two local furniture stores whose prices ranged from $400-$800 for twin mattresses. I called another and twin mattresses went up to $1000! I was ready to give up hope until leaving one of the stores and trying one more mattress. It was the perfect fit. I felt like Goldilocks (minus the white privilege). When the salesperson told me the price, I nearly leapt through the wall. I did not have $800 to spend on a mattress. I felt defeated. On a whim, I decided to check online.

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Enter the Zinus mattress:  one of the most popular memory foam options on Amazon (very reasonable price, lots of good reviews) so I was excited to try it for myself. .Like a lot of people, I wanted to get a memory foam mattress but I’m on a tight budget. The mattress layers include: 2 inches Memory Foam, 2 inches Pressure Relieving Comfort Foam, and 4 inches High-density Base Support Foam. Now priced at $119, I paid $149. I couldn’t believe a mattress could cost so little. Even with the fees associated with importing a mattress (100% in customs fees plus VAT) I still saved money by buying a mattress online. But was it worth it?

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Mattress Online

  • Before buying, make sure you’ll have all the necessary items like a proper bed frame and sheets that fit. I knew that I needed an 8 inch mattress because that’s what my last one was and I was not about to buy new sheets.

  • You can’t try before you buy with many online mattresses so pay attention to the reviews. Some allow free returns so find that out before you buy.

  • Many memory foam, hybrid, or latex mattresses arrive compressed and vacuum-sealed in a box. As a result, the mattress may take a few days to fully expand to its full shape and be comfortable to sleep on. Also, keeping the mattress sealed for longer than it should be can permanently destroy the foam’s contouring abilities. I didn’t know it’s supposed to be opened within 72 hours. When we have to wait for third party couriers to bring our stuff on the island, it could take a week to receive it after the initial delivery. I had to sleep with my mum the night we opened my mattress to allow it to fully expand.

  • Zinus first started in 2004 in Seoul and now operates bi coastal US distribution centres.

  • Try to avoid using a knife when opening the box because you don’t want to puncture the mattress.

MY EXPERIENCE

  • The box isn’t very heavy because the mattress is vacuum-sealed.

  • Getting the mattress out of the box is the easy part.

  • Taking the mattress out of the bag so that you can unfold it is the hard part. We tried rolling it down and it would not budge, so eventually we carefully ran down the seam of the bag with a scissors until the mattress sprang free.

  • I loved the cards that came tucked into the mattress. The personal touch was so simple but so thoughtful.

  • Once you take the plastic off, the mattress will immediately begin to inflate. IMMEDIATELY! You may think it’s ready within a few minutes but let it rest overnight.

  • My mattress is SUPER plump (more than I expected) but after a week, there’s an indentation in the middle of the bed where I sleep in the same position every night.

  • The edge of the mattress is the softest. It’s taken my back a few days to adjust to the new mattress as some days I would wake up feeling a little sore, but it’s getting better each night.

Overall, I’m glad I bought my mattress online. I saved over $400 on my memory foam mattress and sleeping on it has been really nice. It’s not that much of a hassle to set up so this purchase was totally worth it! If you want to get your own, you can check it out at the link below and read more reviews for yourself.

The Best Labour Day Sales to Shop

Hello Lovely,

It’s Labour Day Weekend and do you know what that means? Awesome sales and deals. It seems like school just started and the kids are already out on holiday again. It's not a holiday for us in the Bahamas (we already had our Labour Day) but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the multitude of sales around the web. It’s the perfect time to stock up on your fall wardrobe any back to school supplies you may have missed and Halloween items. You can find some great deals on Labour Day, especially on mattresses, appliances, and travel. If you’re looking for ways to make it through the long weekend without the stress or simply want some back-pocket savings strategies, we’ve got you covered:

LABOUR DAY WEEKEND SALES

Below, I’ve rounded up some of the best stores online and their awesome deals this Labour Day Weekend.  If you need sales info, I got you, friend!

1. Neiman Marcus at Last Call

Up to 75% off Neiman Marcus? Um yes please! I usually ignore any sale that says "Up to" because you almost never get the full discount offered but there are some items that are worth it. Like embroidered mesh tops, trapeze dresses and cardigans for $30 or less.

2. Overstock.com

With home decor as low as $6, you don't want to miss this sale. 

3. EHarmony

While I'm personally done with online dating, if you're still trying to find that perfect match, why not try eharmony? Sign up is free and you can message anyone for free throughout the Labour Day weekend. Just know that photos are not included.

4. Shoedazzle

With 50% off sitewide, it's hard to resist this one! Now is the time to stock up on all of those boots and booties you were eyeing for Fall.

5. JustFab

Shoedazzle's cousin is also having 50% off your entire order. Ladies and gentlemen, what are you waiting on?

6. H&M

I haven't support H&M much because the sizing can be a real pain, but if you like to shop there, they have up to 60% off and free shipping with deals as low as $4. These items include socks and camisoles, with chokers, makeup bags, small shoulder bags and earrings sets starting at $5.

7. JcPenny

It doesn't get any better than this sale! I love shopping at JcPenny. The deals are great special financing and steep discounts on furniture and appliances.

ShoeDazzle Review

Hello Lovely,

While watching TV, I would always see the commercials for ShoeDazzle.com. I liked the shoes that were advertised but I was already a JustFab subscriber and I have skipped every month since last summer due to budget issues. Earlier this month, I decided to treat myself and try ShoeDazzle to get a new variety of shoes for my birthday.

If you've never tried one of these online shoe boutiques. it usually starts with a personality quiz to personalise your boutique shopping experience. I usually dread this part of the process because it's so not diverse. Every question asked me about shoes that I would never wear. They showed me pictures of gaudy knee and thigh high boots that I would just never wear! Hello tropical island girl! When would I ever need thigh high boots with straps and studs? I basically pictured the lesser of all of the evils just to get through and look at the shoes. What I didn't realise is that they sell shoes according to which season we're in, and because it's still winter, ALL they had was boots. I'm not much of a boot girl. I used to love boots but now as a working girl in a school, there isn't much need for boots. 

It was hard to find shoes that I felt would be comfortable because of the slope of the heel, but I eventually found one pair of black ankle boots that I liked and a pair of blush heels. I caught the 2 shoes for $39.95 deal couldn't wait to have my new shoes for my birthday.

After going through hell to pick up my package from the courier because they charged me $53 just to bring it in, I finally got my shoes! I tried on the black boots and instantly felt pinched. It was the right size, but the toe area is so cramped I went out and bought in soles to make it more comfortable but it actually made it worse so I just have to suffer through it.

The blush heels look great and I imagine it would be perfect for women who don't have ankles because of the shape and cut. The only downside is it's hell to get your foot into and out of it because of the lacing in the back. But once it's on, these are some of the most comfortable heels on the planet! I've worn them like five times now how much I love them!

Here are the Pro's and Con's of ShoeDazzle.com

Pro's

  1. Even though there is a monthly fee just like the other online shoe clubs, you can buy shoes whenever you want by skipping the month without accruing a monthly charge.
  2. Shoe Fashion Stylist sends you new shoe styles every month to choose from, and if you don't like the style of the shoe, you can let your stylist know and they'll create a new showroom of shoes for you.
  3. Earn points by buying shoes and telling your friends about ShoeDazzle. You get 100 points for each shoes you buy and 200 points for each friend you refer. Once you have 1000 points you can get a free pair of shoes.
  4.  Not only does ShoeDazzle sell shoes, they also sell jewellery, clothing, handbags, etc.
  5. If you don't like your shoes or if it doesn't fit, you can return the shoes for something else free of charge.

Con's

  1.  Most of the shoes are not true to size and you must order a size bigger...especially their shoes with heels. (Just like most shoes online)
  2. Not every shoe is $39.95. A lot of shoes can actually run you into $80 or more.