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.

Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately following Black Friday. It’s the biggest online shopping day of the year where you can really find some fantastic bargains if you know when and where to look...

With the upcoming holiday season upon us, my family will soon acquire a few new items that will arrive with instruction manuals, receipts and warranties. Every year after the holiday cleanup, I find them piled on my desk and waiting for me to find a safe place to keep them...

Changing Your Throw Pillows

It’s amazing how something as simple as a throw pillow can change the entire look of a room, especially the living room... The beauty of it all is that once you have the basic pillow forms, all you have to change are the covers occasionally...

Thoughts on Gratitude

Instead of sharing a great recipe for you to try out this week, I’d like to share some food for the soul for you to think about as we approach the holidays...

Free Rewards for Good Grades

...This school year, I found several stores and dinning places that reward children with freebies for their good grades. Let’s see how motivated my children get throughout the year with this list of free offers...

The Glass String Jar

...There are a lot of ways to store string, but I have found that storing spools in jars works best for me. The string stays clean and I can easily access it through a hole in the top of the jar, pulling off and cutting it just the right amount with one hand...

Triple Squash Soup Recipe

There’s something about pureed soups filled with the flavors of fall that warms my tummy and soul... You may think a pureed soup requires a lot of work, but it doesn’t. Trust me, after you make your first homemade butternut squash soup, you won’t turn back...

Online Tips to Save You Time

Not only has the Internet given us the ability to search for information in seconds, it has also given us the convenience to pay bills and shop through many online services. Here is a list of how I have begun saving time and money using online services...

Favorite Uses for Ziploc® Brand Bags

As long as I have been a contributing blogger for SC Johnson, it has never been requested of me to write about any of their products... However, there is one product I use so often for so many different things, it’s a bit hard NOT to write about it -- Ziploc® Brand Bags....

Chili with a Kick

Chili can be made in a thousand different ways. You can use meat, beans or strange ingredients like pumpkin and cinnamon. It can also be made spicy or mild. No matter what you prefer, you can always make a great chili based on the ingredients you love...

Organizing For the Holidays

The planning has begun for the upcoming holidays! With so many things to accomplish this season, I have found it easier to break everything into categories and schedule one thing at a time to be completed on my daily calendar. This approach will help me experience holiday joy instead of the holiday stress!...

Fun Memory Game for Family Game Night

If your family has game night and plays cards or board and dice games, change it up now and then with a memory game using little things you find around your house. Each person can gather a dozen or more small objects from around the home...


Small Kitchen Appliances for Less

Do you keep seeing bread machine recipes everywhere you look on the Internet and want to test them out? Are your ready to upgrade your current blender...? Whatever reason you may have for updating your kitchen appliances, please do not pay full price for your next purchase!...

Morning Routine Organization

From what to wear and eat, to requests regarding where to go and what to do, moms are bombarded with tons of questions while trying to get their children out the door... How do we eliminate the stress and get our children off to school in peace?...

Custom Canvases

...You can create your own mini-canvases using your computer and desktop printer to print either purchased printable fabric or fabric adhered by heat from your iron to freezer paper and fed through your printer. You can find a lot of tutorials online for making your own printable fabric...

7 Essential Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

Besides the basic kitchen tools, like can openers, slotted spoons, whisks and wooden spoons, there are a number of kitchen tools and gadgets that I believe every mom should have at her disposal. They simplify many of the tasks necessary in the kitchen...

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