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.

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... 

Grilled Panini

Fire up the grill! It’s Panini time! Paninis cook beautifully in a skillet, panini press, quesadilla maker, and on the grill! Before we get to my favorite new panini recipe, here are a few tips for grilling these scrumptious sandwiches...

You have been storing your leftovers, snacks and lunches in them for years, but Ziploc® Brand Containers with the Smart Snap® Seal are perfect for storing everyday items as well. Below are 25 of my favorite ways to use these handy containers...

Recycled Junk Drawer Organizer

I don’t know about yours, but our family’s kitchen “junk” drawer gets pretty out of hand at times, and with five sets of hands digging for scissors, pens, rubber bands, etc., it’s easy to understand why. One thing that helps keep the order, at least initially, is the use of drawer organizing compartments...

Creamy Dill Potato Salad

It isn’t a summer picnic or backyard barbeque without potato salad, in particular, homemade potato salad. Those are my sentiments, anyways. I would eat it every single day of summer if I had the time and energy to make it from scratch...

Five Tips to Help You Save Time

We are all given 24 hours each day, but how many of us lay our heads down at night wishing they could fit more into their busy schedule? I can’t give you extra hours, but I do have five tips that can help you create more time in your daily life...

Unique Spray Paint Ideas

With beautiful and fun colors and shiny metallics stocking the spray paint shelves of home improvement and craft stores, the list of the things you can modify with a fresh, new look is infinite. There are also a lot of cool ways to use that last bit of colorful spray paint left in the can from a previous project as well...

...This mix of flavors and textures make up the perfect summer side dish. Impress your guests or friends at your next backyard BBQ or potluck with this pea salad...

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