Take advantage of the cooler weather and money-saving deals available this month to do home spruce-ups. According to Consumer Reports, household items such as mattresses, interior paint and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are on deep discount throughout the month of October. Follow these shopping tips to ensure you find the best deal.
It’s difficult to compare mattress prices since manufacturers make exclusive models for each retailer. Head to the back of the store first, as stores keep the priciest beds up front. Start out with the least expensive models from a few top brands and work your way up in cost. Give yourself 15 minutes to lie on each mattress, wear comfortable clothing and move around as you would if you were sleeping.
Buying a can of paint goes beyond choosing a shade and color. Choose the best paint for your job and your budget. Once you’ve narrowed your choices, buy small cans for testing.
- Flat finish: Best suited for low-traffic areas, these finishes hide imperfections well but are the least stain-resistant.
- Eggshell and satin finish: For use only on smooth, well-prepared surfaces because the shine can accentuate imperfections on the wall.
- Semi-gloss finish: A shiny paint, formulated to stand up to stains. Generally, the easiest to clean, but may dull when scrubbed.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save your life and they’re inexpensive and easy to install. Before you shop, check the regulations in your region, including types of detectors and their recommended placement. Avoid a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Currently no single detector on the market does a good enough job at detecting both smoke and carbon monoxide.