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.

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...

Date Nights on a Budget

My husband and I are strong believers in the importance of having date nights. However, with five children, long to-do lists and an often empty wallet, we have to get creative and create date nights on a budget.... To help keep your marriage on the front burner and adventurous, begin a weekly or monthly date night with these date night tips...

Early Holiday Card Prep

Planning ahead in October for December holidays can help you not only save money, but alleviate a lot of stress as well. Here’s how I plan ahead for holiday card giving before the holiday madness arrives...

Over the past few years, I’ve taken a number of steps toward healthier eating on a budget. In addition to making my own salad dressings, I’ve also discovered that my homemade seasoning mixes are much tastier than the varieties I used to purchase at the store...

De-Clutter It Daily

Do you often feel your home has become out of control or overwhelmed with clutter and mess? I did until I discovered how to stay on top of our family’s daily clutter and cleaning with a few easy steps. Make these steps a part of your daily habit...

Gifting and Crafting with Garden Markers

Aluminum identification markers can be used to label many things, but are primarily known for marking plants in the garden. The markers I like best are 1-by-3 inch tags made from a strip of cardboard wrapped with a heavy aluminum sheet, making them easy to emboss with a pen or pencil...

...If you are a lover of the peanut butter and chocolate flavor combination, then I highly recommend conducting an experiment of your own to see if this theory stands true for you. Test it out with this double peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe...

No More Kitchen Spice Disarray

...It was definitely time to organize the spices in my kitchen. Had I only known how simple it was to organize, I could have been saving myself time and money for the past several years.  Are you ready to conquer the spice disarray in your kitchen?...

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