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.

...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...

Twenty Bags in Twenty Days Challenge

It’s hiding in our closets, stuffed in our drawers and piled in our laundry rooms. It’s called clutter and, over time, it has been known to take over our homes. It is time to take our homes back, which is why I am encouraging my family and yours to participate in the 20 Bags in 20 Days Challenge....

Sewing Machine Challenge for Beginners

Over the years, I’ve heard several women state that they have a sewing machine, or access to one, but don’t know how to sew.... The good news is that there are many smaller and simpler projects using a sewing machine that can be accomplished with just a few basic techniques....

Grilled Citrus Salmon Packets

Seafood tends to be on the expensive side, but I like to splurge every now and then. The key to keeping your grocery bill and dinner costs low is to pair more expensive ingredients, like salmon or shrimp, with inexpensive side dishes. You can still make a delicious seafood spread for under $10!..

Swap and Save

You quickly realize the expense of raising a family the first time your child outgrows a new wardrobe or set of toys. As a mom of five, it did not take me long to discover the benefits that swapping with neighbors, friends and family had on my bank account...

One of my great passions in life is vintage furniture, accessories, craft supplies and other old-fashioned goods, which I purchase from antique shops, thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. Recently, I was asked if I negotiate prices when making such purchases and what the proper etiquette is... 

Back-to-School Deals and Resources

It’s that time of year again. That time when most of us get overly excited by deals on scissors and crayons.  My kids love to have their new pencils, erasers, scissors and glue kept neatly in their plastic supplies box. I also use back-to-school shopping to find great deals on office supplies for my home office. I love having my desk organized and fully stocked...

Family Information Organizer

Do you ever find yourself searching for that birthday party invitation, gift card you received or tickets to an upcoming event? How about the bills you need to mail, let alone pay? To help keep these items organized, I use a tabletop organizer made from a desktop file box...

Penny Blossom Charms

I am always looking for cute and inexpensive gifts to use for bridal parties, birthday presents and other last-minute gifts. Lately, this simple and beautiful jewelry project has been my go to. It’s not only fun to make, but it is perfect for all sorts of different occasions....

Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Pesto. It’s such a beautiful and delectable sauce. It’s so fresh and tantalizing and, let’s face it, slightly addictive...This is a recipe for a simple, summer pasta salad at its best - pasta, pesto and parmesan!...

DIY Storage Containers

...I admit that I enjoy wandering down the organization aisles at my local big box stores, however it can quickly become an expensive addiction buying high-priced containers. So, how can we, “organization junkies,” still find satisfaction in organizing our homes without spending all that money?...

Waiting Room Donations

How often have you found yourself in a waiting room or reception area chair without a good read while you wait? Though many people pass the time checking e-mail, surfing the web or playing a game on their smart phone, I still appreciate the opportunity to flip through a good magazine....

Saving on Groceries with Mobile Apps

While paper coupons are still quite popular, companies are making it very simple to save while you’re out and about! Here are a few of my favorite free mobile apps for saving on groceries...

Create Kids Keepsake Boxes

As the years have gone by, my children’s keepsakes have accumulated into boxes and piles in my home. From favorite toys and trinkets, to awards, photos and other memorabilia, with five kids the piles keep growing...Below is a list of six easy steps to take to mitigate stress while keeping these keepsakes safe...

Doily T-shirt Embellishing

I have two fashion savvy fifteen-year old daughters that are perfectly content with the occasional thrift shop or modified apparel. The latest endeavor was to turn plain T-shirts we found on sale at the department store into unique tops by using vintage doilies... 

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