Head online to figure out what you’re looking for, but head to a furniture store for your final purchase to get a feel for its comfort and craftsmanship, says Brent Shelton, online shopping expert for FatWallet.com. “Do all your research online and do as much as you can because that can save you time. There are hundreds of models and types, and you can narrow it down before you go in the store,” says Shelton. “But going in the store is going to ensure you’ll be happy with the purchase.” Returning to the store after thinking it over could even up your chances of getting a better price. A salesperson who makes commission won’t want to see you leave empty-handed a second time, so you’re likely to land a great deal. These are the signs a shopping site is fake.
Do you need a new mattress? You may not want to just click and buy the first mattress you see online. “If you get eight hours of sleep a day, that’s a third of your life, so that’s a pretty important investment,” says Shelton. Online reviews are a good jump-off point, but you should take them with a grain of salt. After all, a back sleeper will experience a mattress differently than a side sleeper would, so you might not have the same preferences. Find one you love in a store, then price check after you leave to see if you can find a better deal online. Like with furniture, going back and haggle with the same salesperson who’d helped you before could help you get a better buy. You might not just get the price matched, but also snag extra perks like free shipping as the salesperson tries to seal the deal, says Shelton.