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.

Frosty’s Fudge

Fudge. Oh, fudge. Fudge is the perfect holiday sweet - rich, warm, cozy and soothing. As long as you can keep yourself from having too many squares and avoid a tummy ache, fudge is a delightful holiday treat...

Simplifying the On-the-Go Mom in 7 Steps

As the mother of five children, I’m always on the hunt for tips to help simplify our daily routines. Here are some tips that I’ve incorporated into our lives that have been helpful...

Before & After Photos

...Before and after shots of repurposed items remind you that modifying things with your own personal style often makes something better than before. These photos can be quite inspiring...

Baking Holiday Cookies with Kids

Memories that last a lifetime are often made in the kitchen. As a kid, many moments with my mom and grandma burned the happy memories into my mind – the time investment, the teaching, the mess, the bowl licking or watching cookies transform from dough to baked...

Buying Books at Bargain Prices

I love reading books. The problem with this is that my family of seven all have the same affection for books. We love to read, and we love to continually build our growing library of books... So where do we purchase books without breaking the bank?...

Ten Easy Low-Cost Handmade Holiday Gifts

When you’re running low on ideas, money and time, you can count on these 10 simple last minute gift-making ideas!

...In my opinion, the best and most practical gifts are those that can be eaten. So stop stressing about all the gifts you have to get this holiday season and start mixing! Baking mixes gifted in mason jars are always well received...

De-Clutter Children Clutter

...No matter what stage of life your children are in, their items can clutter and overtake their rooms and your home. To de-clutter it all and keep it under control you have to begin with a system...

Wire Photo and Card Holders

I recently designed a craft to teach at a conference that held several tiny collages using simple wire holder forms. This is similar to those found attached to various decorative bases in the frame section at most stores. They are very simple to make...

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...

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