Red, White & Food Crew

Hey money savers. K & A here with the 411 on all things food for America’s birthday. Cookouts, pool parties and parades all require the best eats and we’ve got them decked out in red, white & blue, which will also leave your taste buds and bank account happy.

For this Fourth of July party, main dishes may be a tad bit hard to jazz up, but we’ve found the perfect appetizers and desserts to go with ‘Merica’s staple meals.

American flag veggie tray: Buy your favorite red and white veggies such as cauliflower, red peppers, cucumbers (with the skin removed) and tomatoes. Turn these puppies into the broad stripes and dye your dip blue for your bright stars.

Firework fruit kabob: Gather watermelon, blueberries, star shaped cookie cutter and kabob sticks for this easy party-pleaser. Cut the watermelon and get to kabobbing.

Ice cream sandwich sparkly style: Grab a pack of ice cream sandwiches from your local store along with red and blue sprinkles. Grab the kids and start dippin’.

Festive Muddy Buddies: Throw together some traditional Muddy Buddy snack mix, but add some red and blue M&M’s to spice up this go-to treat.

These appetizers paired with hot dogs and hamburgers will leave everyone’s tummies full and Instagram’s popping. Head over to our Pinterest to see the full recipes and find even more ideas for your party!

Until next time,

K & A

Summer Festivals on the Cheap

Hey money savers. K & A here. As much as we would love to have a summer vacation like we were in college again, we’re working and have to make the most of our weekends. We decided to take a break from the pool and get out to explore what Columbus has to offer without spending too much money of course!

Check out some of the festivals during the next couple of months and our tips on enjoying these events:

  1. Columbus Arts Festival June 9-11. Save a few extra bucks when it comes to parking and find free street parking a few blocks away.
  2. Buckeye Country Superfest June 10-11. Check out Groupon and other ticket vendors for discounted prices. Keep in mind food and drinks are expensive in The Ohio State Shoe, so grab a bite beforehand.
  3. Columbus PRIDE June 16-18. Grab your friends, throw on your favorite rainbow outfit and enjoy the parade for free!
  4. Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival June 16-18. Get in free on Sunday from 11:30-12:30 with a donation of a non-perishable food item per person.
  5. Red, White and BOOM! July 3. Save yourself the trouble of finding a parking spot and sitting in parking garage traffic. Be sure to plan ahead and take Uber or Lyft.
  6. Jazz and Ribs Festival July 21. Admission is free, but be sure to have money on hand to enjoy the delicious and award winning BBQ.
  7. Ohio State Fair July 27-Aug 6. You can purchase tickets in advance for $6 at Kroger, AAA, or Ohio O’Reilly Auto Parts.

We’re ready to put on our cowboy boots and bibs, rainbows and overalls to live up the summer in good ole’Cbus. Are you ready!?

Until next time,

K & A

Affordable Wedding Gifts

Hey Money Savers. K & A here. We all know those save the dates have been covering your fridge, and we’re here to help you find the perfect wedding gift that won’t leave your wallet in tears.

While most couples will send out a gift registry, it’s perfectly acceptable to stray away from the list because it’s the thought that counts, right!? Depending on your creative ability, here are some ideas for inexpensive gifts that you can either make or buy:

  1. Wall decor. A decoration for the couple’s home with their newly shared last name or words of wisdom will make for a heart felt gift.
  2. Money. See if the couple will be taking a honeymoon or if they have a charity of choice they would like donations to be made to. While this isn’t the most unique gift, sometimes it’s exactly what the bride and groom want.
  3. Experiences. This is a gift that cannot be found in stores and may take them by surprise (in a good way). Think about an adventure the newlyweds have on their bucket-list such as zip-lining, a weekend getaway, or a class they’ve always wanted to take together.
  4.  Plants and Trees. Give the couple something they can take care of and grow together. Succulents are the new trend; buy an embroidered pot and pick a succulent that strikes your fancy.

Now that you’ve got the perfect gift, it’s your job to have fun and make their day as memorable as possible!

Until next time,

K & A

How to Dress Like a Pro For Your Next Interview

Hey money savers, K & A here. The school year is coming to an end and for some of you, the real world is right around the corner. While jobs may be the last thing on your mind before graduation, it’s important to rock your look and your resume.

Research is key before going to an interview, so be sure to look into the company to gather whether they’re business professional or more laid back. Spring is the perfect time to snag some new attire to ensure you have your best foot forward. It’s quite frequent for retailers to have a spring sale, so we’ve chosen a few of our favorite looks.

Banana Republic: Shop here when needing a business casual outfit. You can find a cute blouse with slacks for women and a button up with a pair of relaxed pants for men. The store is currently offering 40% off.

J.Crew: Shop here when looking for a business professional outfit. You can find a blazer with dress pants for women and a full suit for men. The store is currently offering 25% off.

H&M: Shop here for both business professional and casual. You can find pencil skirts with button ups for women and khakis with button ups for men. While the store is not currently running a sale, you can’t beat their prices.

With these great looks, you’re bound to leave an unforgettable first impression. Just make sure you can back it up with some smooth talking!

Until next time,

K & A

The Buck- Budgeting Blondes Make Dating Fun (and Cheap) Again!

Hey money savers, K & A are back and we’re ready to entice you with some fun spring dates that won’t break the bank. New couples, engaged, married with kids- all you love birds can enjoy these activities!

  1. Picnic in the park. Grab some cheese, bubbly and your favorite blanket to cozy up at Schiller, Genoa or Scioto Park.
  2. Bike ride. Don’t have a bike? No worries! Find a CoGo station near you and hit the streets of Columbus for a scenic day!
  3. Drive- in theater. Save money by stocking up on your favorite movie snacks and enjoy new releases from the comfort of your own car. You’ll save a few bucks by going during the week.
  4. Hiking at Hocking Hills. This completely free date is not only good for the body, but also good for the soul!
  5. Zoo. Head over to your local zoo to view wildlife and to feel like a kid again! If you live in Franklin County, you will receive a $5 off discount!

If you’re ready to get out and try something new with your loved one or get those sparks flying again, plan one of these inexpensive dates! You won’t be disappointed!

Until next time,

K & A

St. Patty’s Day on a Budget

Hey there money savers. K & A here, and it’s time to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! This Irish-filled holiday can get rather expensive, so we have some tricks to keep your wallet away from the Leprechauns.

  1. Flannagan’s Dublin: Be part of Columbus’s biggest St. Patty’s Day Party! Doors open at 5:30 a.m. and if you purchase a ticket before 4 p.m. it is only $5! This includes free breakfast from 6a.m.- 9a.m. and entertainment with food and drink specials!
  2. Claddagh Downtown: For only $5 you can enjoy kegs and eggs at 9 a.m., live music, adult beverages and the Columbus Fire Dept. Pipes and Drums!
  3. Fado Easton: If you buy your tickets before St. Patty’s Day, you can enjoy kegs and eggs, drink vouchers, live bands, a beer garden and cocktail tents for only $13!
  4. Columbus Bar Crawl: Columbus is getting rowdy this year and will have its second St. Patty’s Day bar crawl on the 17th! For $6 you can skip the cover for your favorite Short North area establishments, including: Dahlia, BBR, Brewcadia, Julep, Parlor Room and Bodega where you can enjoy drink specials and Irish indulgence!

However you choose to spend this holiday, be sure to keep some cash on hand for a late night slice of delicious pizza and be safe. May your charms be lucky and have a hay-day of celebration because St. Patty’s Day rules!

Until next time,

K & A

Grocery Store vs. The Buck-Budgeting Blondes

Hey money savers. K & A are back and we’re feeling a little “plump”. Sure we had fun splurging over the holidays and indulging in delicious foods during our trips, but it’s time to to kick ourselves into gear.

Spring is right around the corner and bathing suit season will be here before we know it (YIKES)! While we will be sad to see pizza go and we will be putting our Girl Scout cookies  in the freezer for the time being, it will be worth it in the end to get into shape–we hope.

This week we’re hitting up the grocery store and we’re putting our self control and wallet to the test! We’ve complied a list of items that can go a long way not only in meals, but will also help us save money in the end because we all know eating healthy isn’t the cheapest. So, if you’re looking to turn a new leaf and want to start eating a bit more healthy, check out this grocery list!

Sample Grocery List:

  • 1 gallon of milk
  • 1 canister of oatmeal
  • 1 bag of apples or other fruit
  • 4 bags of frozen vegetables
  • 1 bag of carrots
  • 1 bag of celery
  • 4 cups of rice
  • 1 bag of frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 loaf of bread
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 1 jar of jelly

Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal
  • Apples and Peanut Butter

Lunch:

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Celery with Peanut Butter
  • Carrots

Dinner:

  • Chicken and Rice
  • Chicken and Vegetables

Now you have all the right tools in place and you’re set for a week or more of healthy eating. Don’t forget to give yourself a treat every now and then!

Until next time,

K & A