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.

Vintage-Style Office Label Templates

Whether you’re organizing or crafting, vintage-style labels will not only come in handy, but add a charming touch to all your projects. I designed one sheet of labels similar in style to my collection of old office supply labels. To enjoy a set of your own, simply follow these steps...

Gardening Methods Everyone Should Try

One of the best ways to start incorporating more organic, local and fresh ingredients onto your dinner table is to grow your own garden. It does take a little investment to get it started, but that investment can easily be earned back within the first year or two of your gardening efforts...

A Dozen Apps For Busy Moms

With the use of smart phones and tablets, moms are using apps to do anything from keeping track of their grocery lists to scheduling play dates in order to simplify their daily lives and organize their families. Here are a dozen apps to begin simplifying your mom world...

Grocery shopping. Not one of my favorite tasks. When I shopped with three young children in tow, keeping them orderly was nearly impossible. So once they were old enough to safely walk around a grocery store on their own, I devised what I think was a brilliant plan to make shopping not only more bearable, but fun!...

Five Homemade Bread Baking Tips

The smell of fresh bread baking in your own oven. The thought of adding a dollop of butter to it, watching it melt and soak into the warm bread. Then biting into it and letting the warm, fresh bread melt in your mouth and fill your heart and tummy with that cozy comfort that only hot-out-of-the-oven, baked bread can bring...

One Hour a Day Spring Cleaning Checklist

Do the words “spring cleaning” overwhelm you? Are you thinking I can barely keep up with the day-to-day chores, let alone think about taking the time to spring clean my entire home? Well, don’t toss in the towel until you have tried my one hour a day spring cleaning options!...

Recipe Card Wreath

...Here’s a simple and quick craft project that is great for displaying some of your favorites recipes without damaging them. This project also works with other paper goods such as vintage post cards, decorative playing cards, greeting cards and more...

Digital Coupons 101

Digital coupons are paperless coupons. They don’t have to be clipped or kept in a binder or folder. They won’t get lost between the house and your grocery store. They are a wonderful way to spend less money on groceries…

10 Habits of an Organized Kid

After another morning of chaos, missing shoes, forgotten jackets and piles of laundry strewn across my children’s bathroom I concluded that it was time to begin modeling and molding my children to become organized beings...

Practical Collections: Label Holders

As a crafter and lover of antiques, I collect a lot of things. One collection is vintage brass label holders. These holders are found on the “fronts” of furniture such as file cabinets to hold a slip of paper or a card with the name of the drawer’s contents...

Five Ways to Cook Asparagus

With spring beginning in the Southern half of the country, and just around the corner for the Northern half of the country, I thought a little “how to” on asparagus was in order. Asparagus is at its peak in gardens across the country in the early and middle parts of spring...

Frugal Birthday Parties

...Not only have children’s birthday parties gone from simple to extravagant but they have also gone from frugal to breaking the bank. I say it is time we take back the frugal birthday parties and discover fun and inexpensive ways to celebrate our children’s special day with these frugal birthday party tips...

Artistic Exercise

When my daughter was in preschool she would run to me at pickup time with her artwork in hand. Her teacher suggested to the parents that they not say “Pretty! What is it?” rather “Tell me about it!” They said this because at that young age artwork is less about the results and much more about the joyful experience of creating it...

Cook Once, Eat Twice

Reduce unplanned leftovers with the “cook once, eat twice” cooking method. Not only will you save money and end the “we don’t want leftovers” complaints – you will also cut your weekly cooking time in half. The idea is to cook a larger quantity of meat one night and use the leftovers to create additional meals through out the week...

St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box

...I love getting to “play with my food” in fun and clever ways (despite all the warnings I received as a child, and warnings I give my children now). I love getting to surprise my husband and my son with fun and different foods in their lunch boxes every now and then...

I’m a woman of few recipes. My family would attest to that. Luckily, my husband is a wonderful cook. It’s not that I’m not a good cook, I just figure with his great talents, why rock the boat! I do have a few specialties, mostly with minimal ingredients such as my easy homemade tomato-onion soup...

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