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.

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...

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....

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