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.

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...

Seven “Organized in a Weekend” Projects

When the nights get longer and the air gets colder I begin to hibernate and look for simple projects to organize my home over the weekends when life is not as busy. Are you ready to hibernate indoors and accomplish a few “organized-in-a-weekend” projects?...

Lampshade Remakes

Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest impact. So, when decorating a room, consider the many things you can do to dress up a basic, non-pleated lampshade! Here are a few of my favorites...

DIY Centerpiece for Your Holiday Feast

...I’ve got an idea that won’t cost a fortune. You most likely have a few of the supplies at home, and what you don’t have, you can likely find at the grocery store. That’s one less errand you’ll have to run during this busy season, and your guests will appreciate the handmade touch...

Stopping the Junk Mail

...I think of my mailbox as the junk mail keeper until I have the time to read, sort and recycle it. Why? Because about 75 percent of the mail I receive is junk mail, catalogs and solicitations that I’m not interested in...

Enjoying Candles During the Winter

The winter months are made cozy with crackling fires in the fireplace and the glow and scent of candles burning about the house. Be sure you practice good candle safety. Here are a few pointers from the Holden house...

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...

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