SC Johnson Family Economics Blog

Save money, spend time

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.

Non-Emergency Family Car Kit

If you plan road-travel adventures, it is very important to pack an emergency survival kit in your vehicle. Such kits can be purchased pre-assembled or you can make your own with a little help from the internet...

Fast Food for Fall

Fast Food for Fall

Although fall is my favorite time of year, it seems so busy with my kids’ many activities (football, soccer and dance). Dinnertime can be quite a challenge, but not when I have recipes that take only 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish. This recipe for Beef and Broccoli is one of my favorite quick and easy main dishes...

Fall Fun for Less

As the leaves begin to change and the crisp, fall air arrives, it’s time to say goodbye to summer and welcome the autumn weather! Try one of my inexpensive fall fun ideas and celebrate the changing of the season with your family or friends...

Need a Fall Gift Idea? Mini-Pumpkin Bread with Greek Yogurt

...My three kids and I have been craving pumpkin bread this fall and this recipe for Mini-Pumpkin Bread with Greek Yogurt has been a staple. These mini loaves are so good, incredibly simple and they also make the perfect fall or holiday gift...

Utilizing Online Photo Color Generators

When you set out to create a new color scheme...you no longer have to rely on swatches and color palettes created by other designers. With online color generators, you can now create your own custom, color swatches from images found on the internet, or sourced from your own digital photographs....

Depending on many factors in your life, including your budget and schedule, meal planning can be a good or bad thing. To this end, I wanted to share a few resources to help make meal planning a little easier. All of the tools and ideas provided are FREE so you can try them and see which works best for you and your family...

Ten Uses for Salt

It is rumored that there are nearly 14,000 alternate uses for everyday table salt, including skincare and health remedies. Below are my favorite, top ten uses for salt...

Paying It Forward

The concept of “paying it forward” is nothing new, but in recent years it has become even more popular. The notion behind “paying it forward” is that a good deed not be reciprocated to the originator, but instead repaid in good faith to another unsuspecting person....

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...

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