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.

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...

Organizing Digital Pictures

...I have discovered that I no longer have a pile of 35mm rolls of film waiting to be developed but rather digital pictures in a variety of locations in need of an organized system for easy retrieval as well as a system that is simple to manage. Here is what I came up with...

Bookplates: Free Printable

Whether you or your child have a large or small library, if you’re like me, you enjoy sharing your favorite books with friends and family. A nice way to identify and keep track of those books is to place a bookplate inside each so others can be reminded to return them when finished....

Summer Sales - What to Expect

Do you know when discount retail stores mark down their toys up to 90%? Or what nights your movie theater offers discounted tickets? What about the best time to stock up on foil, or grab an extra plant from the garden center? Here’s what you can expect to find on sale this summer...

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