Think about the time you spend on your bed and how important that time is. Then re-evaluate and spend as much as you possibly can on a mattress. It is just not an area where you want to cheap out, because sleeping on a bad mattress is terrible! Getting good sleep is important! That disclaimer done, I went to Macy's and spent a lot (1,200) on a firm mattress with a foam memory pillow top. (They put it in my bedroom and took the old one out!) It is wonderful and I sleep like a rock. If you can't get a good mattress, a good memory foam topper will help. A feather bed will also help, but will cost more for a good one. The whole mattress industry is suspect, every store has their own brands so you can't comparison shop by name, but you can narrow it down by the type a bit. Try Macy's, I have had good luck there, especially with sales!
@Mike Dang Was the $500 budgeted? And if so, how did the changes in spending along the way come into play?
It has probably been said already, Mike Dang has got to be one of the most sensible people on the whole earth.
@redheaded&crazy I had heard this same thing, and was obsessive about clearing my cache & cookies when trying to book tickets to Africa. No way to tell if it helped, but I felt better doing it.
I used to buy everything at Pathmark, but then realized I was eating processed junk all the time. Now I shop at 4/5 different stores because I'm just more particular about what I want and at what prices. Quinoa from Costco, TP from Target, fruit & vegetables from Whole Foods and special stuff from farmer's markets and health food stores.
I'm sorry, but "Central Park East" is not a thing. That would be 5th Avenue. But good job on the ATM fee, that is a fight I often lose.