A few years back, a Tel Aviv woman made all sorts of “weird news” sites when she accidentally threw away $1 million dollars—hidden in her mother’s mattress. Sounds a little nutty but stashing money in one’s mattress was a popular way for Americans to safeguard their cash after the Great Depression and it’s made a comeback in the wake of the recent financial crisis. Personally, I don’t think it’s all that bad an idea, though I’d suggest a different strategy for putting your money in your mattress: invest in natural latex.
Spend on natural latex, save at the pharmacy
Why are so many of us eager to throw our cash at fancy pharmaceuticals, diet plans, and health food stores, but not so keen on doling out dollars for a product that will guarantee to improve our health naturally—a latex mattress? Naturally derived latex mattresses are hypoallergenic so they’re just what the doctor ordered for allergy sufferers. Your run-of-the-mill mattress is a literal breeding ground for dust mites— no friend to those of us with asthma, eczema, or hay fever. You don’t need allergy pills to cure your nighttime sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. You need natural latex!
Or let’s say you’re not a sneezy sleeper. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of health benefits associated with investing in a natural latex mattress. Beds made with non-organic materials must undergo chemical treatment to meet flame retardancy standards. But mattresses sheathed in organic wool make a bed naturally fireproof and carcinogen-free.
Buy now, pay later
Sure, you can save on a cheap mattress now but rest assured that you’ll end up paying more in the end when you have to buy another one—or two, or three. Wowed by the price tag on bargain basement box springs? They may look comfy and their prices may be convenient but it’s only a matter of time before your sweet dreams start sagging. Mattresses priced to sell for a steal weren’t designed for years of wear and tear. And it shows. What looks like a million bucks on the showroom floor can quickly turn into a lumpy, uneven, depressed pile of padding after just a few months. Natural latex mattresses are priced higher because they are built to last longer—3x longer, in fact.
If you’ve got millions, I probably would advocate keeping them in the bank, not your bed, unless you want to join that Tel Aviv woman in the “weird news” headlines. But once you’ve made that next deposit, withdraw a few bucks to buy yourself a natural latex mattress. It’s the only bed that pays you back with health and longevity.