It’s not unusual for Melinda Eddington to wheel a full cart of groceries to her car after leaving a big stack of coupons and a few dollars on the checkout counter. A former teacher, now a stay-at-home mom and Wichita resident, she will teach her techniques in a free class on March 31.


It’s not unusual for Melinda Eddington to wheel a full cart of groceries to her car after leaving a big stack of coupons and a few dollars on the checkout counter. A former teacher, now a stay-at-home mom and Wichita resident, she will teach her techniques in a free class on March 31.

Obviously, she is doing more than just clipping a few coupons from newspapers and magazines. It takes time — as much time as a person wants to spend; the more time, the greater the savings, she said. And with all those coupons, organization is going to be critical. She will share tips for actually using the coupons she has gathered.

Eddington and her husband started married life in an apartment, with $20,000 in student loans. Ten years later, they expect to pay off their home mortgage very soon and be debt free.

Her money-saving strategies include membership in online groups, subscriptions to magazines, electronic coupons and checking the weekly grocery ads. The ability to store items bought on sale is important, and organization is critical.

She also makes and follows a budget, manages credit cards to avoid paying interest, shops at consignment stores and drives her car for maximum fuel economy.

Eddington has shared her strategies in more presentations than she can count over the past several years. Her list of tips and helpful hints is ever-changing as she learns of more money-saving opportunities online and from people in the groups she is teaching.

“In today’s economy we’re all looking for ways to save money,” said County Extension Agent Jodi Drake. She was approached by a county resident who had seen Eddington on a Wichita TV station and asked, “how can we get her here?”