Zinus Mattress Review

In April, I began thinking about what I wanted to accomplish over the next year and a half. One goal was financial (a work in progress). Another was start a plan to visit K, my World Vision child in Albania (accelerated due to low prices!). And finally, since I've lived in the same apartment for 15 years, a new place to live . This apartment needs a lot of work and attention- more than just new carpet and a paint job.  So the search begins for a new place to live. Hopefully I can find a smaller place that is the  same or a little cheaper each month.

The idea of moving made me think of all the stuff I need to move- and what needs to be donated or thrown out.  I'm not one to go out and buy new furniture- although I did buy my bookcase, dresser, and desk. In high school. A long, long time ago. Everything else is hand me downs- which is fine- but some things need to be replaced. The number one "thing to be replaced" was my bed. Rather than buy a new box spring and new mattress, I began looking at more affordable foam mattresses. If you're on the internet at all, these are the new rage. Instead of inner spring coils, you've got inches of memory foam and high density support foam that provide firm support for side and back sleepers.

I started looking online and on Amazon and found a good deal on a Zinus 8 inch mattress and metal bed frame/foundation. and made the plunge.  I called 1-800-GOT-JUNK and disposed of the old mattress and box springs (thrift stores don't accept these anymore and I don't feel right just tossing them into a dumpster under cover of night).  The frame took me about an hour to put together (I've never put anything together in my life so I was slow)  The mattress came compressed.  You carefully cut the plastic and allow it to grow to the full 8 inch thickness.  Everything was shipped directly to my door from Amazon and I was sleeping in it that afternoon!

The mattress is very firm- the old spring mattress I had pressure spots and was worn.  For me it was  great nights sleep from the very first night.  My back does not hurt in the mornings as the memory foam gives where needed but provides firm support as well.  I've had the bed set over 60 days and cannot imagine NOT having a foam mattress.  It was very affordable- $267 on sale for the mattress AND platform with headboard.  I was able to get free shipping with Amazon as well.

If you are looking for a new mattress and need firm support and are on a budget, I would highly recommend this mattress.  It comes with a 10 year limited warranty as well!  I paid full price for my mattress (it was on sale) and did not receive any compensation for this post.

If you make a purchase using the Amazon link on this page I will receive a small commission which will help families in Eastern Europe through World Vision or Mission Without Borders.  Thanks!

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Early stages of planning.. Saving $15 with Booking.com

I like to plan travel..almost as much as I like traveling itself. Almost. I enjoy finding the best prices, the best places to stay, where to eat and how to get there. I have to say that Google has disappointed me on this trip because there are no street views for Tirane. When I went to Moldova, I was able to see where I was staying and immediately noticed the grocery stores and banks all within walking distance. Albania will be less planned- definitely more of an adventure.

I am still waiting on my background check and passport. I expect to have both within 6 weeks. I was able to find a hotel in Tirane for the week. Booking.com is HUGE in Europe and while I wanted to book direct, this proved to be a good option to find a smaller, affordable hotel that had good reviews. I was able to book 7 nights for $186! It's not the Sheraton but with food and taxi to and from the airport I am looking at a daily budget of $43 a day so far. This doesn't include any gifts or souvenirs or the 12 hour layover in Rome.

If YOU are planning a summer getaway, you can find close to a million hotels, resorts, B and B's, and hostels on Booking.com. If you book a room using this link, you can save $15 on your booking AND I will receive a commission which will go toward this trip to Albania. I certainly appreciate any help I can get!  Thanks!

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Have you ever used Booking.com? If you have, was the experience good or bad? If not, would you if you could save $15 off the best price?

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Planning a visit...

I've been searching online for prices and scheming trying to accomplish two tasks:  pay off debt and find a way to visit K in Albania.  I have sponsored K through World Vision for 9 years now and really want to visit him and his family.

Recently I saw an unreal price on the KLM website of $745 round trip.  I have never seen prices that low- even to Bucharest (a major hub) in the dead of winter.  I stewed for a couple of days, asked my boss about getting time off, and made the plunge.  Now I have a ticket to Albania for mid-January 2017.  I am so excited and nervous at the same time.  Not nervous about going alone- I've done this plenty of times.  But there is so much to do in the next 6 1/2 months.  I mailed the paperwork for a background check to World Vision.  This week I must apply for a new passport.  Then start saving money.  The good thing is that it looks like it's going to be relatively cheap for food and hotel once I get there

I will have a 12 hour layover in Rome on the way back so that might be a fun afternoon.
Until then, here's to a long hot summer!

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