SC Johnson Family Economics Blog

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Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.

Best Mobile Apps for Dining Out

There comes a point in everyone’s week when they just want to go out to dinner instead of preparing one... So now the trick is finding a restaurant to feed your family without spending a fortune. Below are a few mobile restaurant apps that will help you feed your family without breaking the bank...

Must Have Organizing Tools

Getting organized doesn’t have to mean spending hundreds of dollars. You can easily use many of the tools you have at home or purchase a few inexpensive items. Some of my favorite must-have tools to get and stay organized include...

Quickie Jar Displays

Small objects can become darling decorative statements by using something as simple as a glass jar. The same effect a glass dome or cloché has on any item, so too, can an item you might easily find in your household, even in your recycling bin...

As autumn approaches, the prices of fall fruits and vegetables plummet. At our house, we do our best to take advantage of these savings by bringing more variety to our diet and eating seasonally....

How to Get Freebies in Your Mailbox

...Are you ready to begin filling your box full of freebies? With the use of technology today, you can collect freebies without having to clip coupons or mail away for free offers. You can easily sign-up for multiple websites that will inform you of daily freebie offers available...

Mini Fork Pompoms

One of the earliest crafts I remember making when I was a kid is a fun yarn-and-fork pompom. The tiny puffs are only about 1-inch in diameter, but have a multitude of crafty applications...

I love all things that can simplify and ease tasks in my daily life, such as the one-dish dinner. In fact, I love it so much that I started a sister website to my blog “$5 Dinners,” called “One Dish Dinners” where I share my favorite simple, easy one-dish dinners. Below is a little taste of one of the recipes...

Organizing and Storing Hand-Me-Downs

...If you’re like me, getting your children’s clothes organized can feel a bit daunting. To help me stay organized, I’ve created a hand-me-down system. Here are tips to help you begin organizing and storing your children’s hand-me-down...

College Dorm Gift Basket

...Since most students will be moving into small dorm rooms that offer few of the comforts of home, help ease their stress by putting together a special gift basket just for them. If you don’t have a basket prepared for the initial journey, consider filling a basket with lightweight items...

The end of summer means leaving our leisurely summer days behind and shifting to our busy school schedules. Getting ahead in the kitchen by creating meals and then freezing them is a quick, easy and mess-free way of making a dinner that leaves me feeling less frazzled come dinnertime...

Life File System

...To help me stay organized, I’ve created a “life file” to safely organize and store all of those important documents. This not only helps me to easily find a document when needed, but it will also be helpful should there be an emergency...

Embracing Nametags and Badges

In my opinion, there is nothing quite as embarrassing as forgetting the name of someone you just met. Though there are a lot of techniques and exercises for remembering the names of people you meet at a function, many of us still have a great deal of trouble. Luckily...

This recipe includes so many wonderful flavors, it is worth turning your oven on in this heat for 20 short minutes. The zucchini is perfectly soft. The herbs are powerful and the perfect addition to this otherwise “bland vegetable"...

Ten Best Memory Jogging Cell Phone Pictures

... If you’ve ever lost luggage, remembering the brand and other details can be difficult to recall on the spot. There are many other common activities, such as where you parked your car or what size vacuum bags you need to buy, that can be quickly accessed just by using your cell phone camera...

...Seasonal fruits and vegetables arranged in a simple bowl create wonderful displays for the kitchen, dining room and family rooms. Or, think outside the box (or bowl) and use more unusual pieces to hold those fresh picks...

Greek Quinoa Chilled Salad

I discovered quinoa about a year ago and can’t get enough of it. I especially love to make it for my family during the summer because it does so well as a “summer salad.” It’s light, filling and generally takes on the flavors of whatever it’s cooked or mixed with...

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