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.

Indoor Winter Picnics

...At the end of a long and busy day at the “mom-ffice” and the “blog-ffice,” it seems like it would be less energy just to start a pot of chili or soup. But even that gets old after a month. So let’s change things up a bit. Let’s change the scenery...

Seven Must-Know Organization Tricks

It’s often the simplest organization tricks that I appreciate the most and work the best. Here are seven tricks I’ve come across that will get you saying “I need to do that"...

The Internet is full of free digital downloadable images to use for office labels and more! A simple search for free clip art, free vintage images, and free printable images will yield many exciting results. Purchase basic office supply labels and you’ve got yourself a craft that keeps on giving...

Football Bash for Less

As the biggest pigskin game of the year approaches, I’m trying to figure out the best way to entertain a group of friends, without adding extra money to our grocery budget. We love entertaining in our home, but it can be a drain on our budget if we aren’t careful...

10 Habits of an Organized Mom

...I can’t promise you that your entire world will be organized, but I can promise you that if you accomplish these 10 habits on a daily basis for the next 66 days you will begin to feel a sense of control over the “mom chaos” in your world...

Printable Alphabet Crafts

I found a fun alphabet in one of my vintage clip art books to share with you. I really like the twisted and intertwined detail of each letter.... Here are some fun ideas for using large and ornate alphabets...

Stress-Free Dinner Transitions

Several months ago, I accidentally took a dish towel to the table. It was a revolutionary moment in my career as a “mom chef.” Because I had the towel at the table, I didn’t have to get up again to grab one when someone spilled their milk, or smeared their peas all over the table (20 month old!)...

With three kids in college my book-buying bill throughout the year seems to increase with each quarter or semester of classes...and has led me to discover six ways to save when purchasing college textbooks...

Homemade Travel Sewing Kit

Even though little travel sewing kits are rarely expensive, I think it’s more fun to make and customize your own. In fact, make several while you’re at it to tuck into your purse, glove box, luggage and to share with others...

Beef Roast with Winter Vegetables

...now that I pay closer attention to the pennies I spend at the grocery store, eating seasonally and making the most of the best priced vegetables is at the top of my grocery budget priority list. And that means winter vegetables are a staple in our house these days...

Where Do I Donate or Sell My Stuff?

After I de-clutter and purge my home I am left with piles of items that I need to clear out, leaving me two choices: sell or donate... Selling will require more time but will give me a little extra money... If I donate, it’s just a matter of deciding where and when...

Simple End Tables

End tables are a very purposeful item in a living or family room for elevating lamps, holding drinks and stacking reading material. But on a budget, you don’t need to limit yourself to store-bought furniture when you can get creative...

Tortellini Soup Recipe

There’s just something about tortellini...They cost a little more than other kinds of pasta noodles, but it is well worth the splurge every now and again. Your overall meal cost won’t be terribly high when you pair it with inexpensive ingredients. Here’s a soup recipe with this amazing pasta...

January Get Organized Checklist

When the calendar turns over to January 1 and the New Year begins, our minds begin to think of new goals, getting organized and a fresh start. This goes right along with the fact that January has been declared National Organization Month....

Printable Paper Tray Template

...I now love working with glitter when crafting. I was thinking it would be a good idea to design a catch-tray for the extra glitter that falls, but one that allows easy pouring of remaining glitter back into its designated bottle. You can purchase paper trays for this use at craft stores, but it’s very simple to make your own!...

Rethinking Resolutions

...I’ve come to believe that resolutions lend themselves to failure. You always hear about people making grand goals for what they’d like to change: lose 20 pounds, quit drinking coffee or soda, quit “bad” habits. You start hearing people complain that they are not seeing results by the end of the second or third week in January...

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