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.

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...

Oh, chocolate chip cookies. Yummy, yummy cookies. They’re about to get a little yummier and a little chocolate-ier.... I love these because they are simple, easy to make with the kids and uber-delicious...

DIY Pet First Aid Kit

Spring is in the air, which means our four legged friends will be venturing outdoors more. As pet owners we need to be prepared for those pet emergencies. Get prepared now by creating a DIY pet first aid kit with the below suggested kit supply list...

My daughter came home from shopping with a friend recently with a LP (long play) album from her favorite band.... I hadn’t realized records, referred to as vinyl to most people, were making a comeback....

Chocolate + Chocolate + Chocolate Hazelnut Spread = Divine Dessert. And one that won’t require you to spend four hours in the kitchen. While I’m all about spending less money at the grocery store, I’m also all about spending as little time in the kitchen while still making fabulous food...

28 Ways to Organize in 10 Minutes or Less

...Do you need a few ideas on how to best use that extra 10 minutes when waiting for dinner to come out of the oven, or for your children to arrive home from school? Here is my list of 28 ways to organize in 10 minutes or less...

Share Your Household Ideas and Tips!

Everyone has a few household tips, techniques or ideas they’ve developed themselves or learned somewhere and use over and over. Well, it’s time to share – I’m starting with three of mine and would love to know yours...

Spring Break - Stay-cation Style

As the slow economy wears on, many major cities are planning for more residents to be sticking closer to home. If you are planning a “stay-cation” this spring break, you don’t have to stay home the entire week....

Organize Kids Bedroom Toys in Six Steps

If you were asked what area of your home is the most difficult to keep organized chances are your answer will be your children’s bedrooms. Children often have more toys and clothes than they need or are capable of managing...

Pretty Jewelry Bowls

Jewelry bowls work great on a dresser. I like to use mine to drop jewelry into when I want a safe place to put it until it can be organized. Bowls can be made from many different types of recycled items such as...

Stitching Pockets in a Book

...A book of pockets can be used for organizing collage items, stuffing secrets into or for something as practical as organizing monthly receipts for various purchases. Make several and you can have a library of books for keeping track of so many things...

The heart and flower celebrations may be over and your Valentines may have been delivered but don’t stop thinking red and pink until you head out to your local big box stores, drug stores and grocery stores for great deals on their Valentine’s Day clearance sales...

Despite the many warnings from my mom as a kid, these days I love getting to “play with my food” around holidays. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it best to share some fun and simple ways for you to incorporate a little heart-y love...

Heart-y Pop Eyes - Valentine’s Breakfast

When it comes to doing creative things in the kitchen to celebrate holidays, I try to keep things simple. I like to do something fun with common ingredients that doesn’t require too much brain power or time getting ready – especially for breakfast...

February Get Organized Check List

Month two of the new year has arrived and it’s time to focus on the three “Cs”: change, clean and check...

Upcycled Valentine Garland

Here’s a fun way to upcycle colorful food and product boxes into sweet Valentine garland. Of course, you can make the garland for any occasion or as fun decoration for no particular occasion...

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