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


  • Oatmeal
  • Apples and Peanut Butter


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


  • 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

The Buck-Budgeting Blondes Take on Nashville

Hey money savers. K & A are back again, and this time we’re giving you the 411 on Nashvegas. Whether you’ve been to Nashville before or are looking to explore the city for the first time, we have some tips to make your experience the best it can be!

To start, let’s find you a place to stay. You will want to be close enough to the action without paying an arm and a leg for a hotel on the downtown strip. A great site to find a place to settle in for the weekend is Airbnb, which will feel like a home away from home and also is cost-friendly. You can enjoy the perks of a kitchen, no worries of noisy hotel neighbors and your very own personal space.

Next, it’s time to get you out on the town. Broadway is the best strip in all of Nashville and you won’t want to miss what it has to offer. Whether you’re looking for some affordable BBQ or wanting to hear free live music, any bar you hop into will have this and more!

Now it’s time to recover from your night out and get back to exploring again. A perfect energy starter is Monell’s, a family owned restaurant in Germantown. You sit at a large table and get to know the other diners while feasting on a $16 all-you-can-eat Southern comfort food brunch. Their fried chicken is absolutely to die for and you don’t want to pass it up!

Lastly, if you get the niche to participate in a little touristy activity, hop over to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum to check out where country music started. You can snag a ticket for under $25 and also get discounts through AAA or military.

You now have the tips on making your Nashville vacation a cost-saving, unforgettable trip. Enjoy your stay in Nashville and remember to keep drinking water ;).

Until next time,

K & A

The Buck-Budgeting Blondes

Hey money savers. K & A here-

We wanted to introduce you to the young women behind the CME Money Tips blog. To give you a little background info, we  graduated from college and are starting our careers at CME in the Member Communications Department. We have a great grasp of knowledge of the financial industry and love everything that marketing entails.

We are just two young women living in the city who love to have fun, work hard, and enjoy all the great restaurants, shopping and entertainment that Columbus has to offer. While we may have expensive taste when it comes to fashion, food and our choice of drink, we also look for opportunities to save a pretty penny. Whether it’s food delivery savings, store sales, or travel discounts, there’s never a savings program we won’t sign up for.

Follow along with our journey here at CME and we’ll teach you a trick or two on the best deals and how to find them. Along with some financial tips such as avoiding debt, saving for retirement early and much, much more!

Until next time,

K & A