Some sequences of events are impossible to explain. You have to sit back, smile, and enjoy the ride. That happened today in the most unlikely of ways.
Part 1: Linda and I had plans to go mattress shopping to replace our 32-year-old mattress that we bought one year into our marriage. (Yes, you read that right. Our Sealy Posturepedic is 32 years old.)
Part 2: I subscribe to a couple of financial newsletters. Rarely is there advice in them on matters unrelated to financial investing. Today’s newsletter was a reprint of a past article by Mark Ford, founder of The Palm Beach Letter advisory on how to live as well as a billionaire. His main point was that “The best material things in life are affordable. They are not cheap – quality never is – but if you buy them selectively and use them with care, you can enjoy a life as materially rich as Bill Gates on an income that wouldn’t get him through lunch.” And Ford’s first subject in a list of examples was… wait for it… buying a mattress.
He went on to talk about how a really great mattress might cost $5000, but that if you find a way to get it, you will sleep as good as anyone can as far as it depends on the mattress being used. I scoffed at the notion of paying $5000 for a mattress, but took to heart the unlikelihood of reading that advice only hours before we would be shopping for one. Ford’s final words in his letter were “don’t scrimp on the mattress.”
Part 3: Linda and I went to the Sleep Number booth at the state fair and after much discussion and testing out, we purchased a mattress that retails for just over $5000. We paid 40% less than that for it, but the irony was too great to miss.
We hope this is the last mattress we ever have to buy. A good night’s sleep is important. We definitely didn’t scrimp.
I’m not sure I would have made the same purchase decision without getting the financial newsletter earlier today – two normally unrelated things that converged at the perfect time.
Leap year lesson #230 is Seeming coincidences may not be coincidental.