SC Johnson Family Economics Blog

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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.

Dining Out Fun: Do-It-Yourself Restaurant Kits

Over the years, I’ve discovered the more prepared and organized I am occupying my children while they wait for their meals, the more successful our dining out experience has been. This inspired me to create a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) restaurant kit...

Simple Lunch Bag Fun

There’s lots of fun ways to doll up a plain paper lunch bag, whether for actual lunches or as gifts or party bags. It’s fun and adds such a special touch to an everyday item. Here are some of my ideas for lunch bag art...

Harvest Chili Recipe

...One of my favorites is the harvest chili because the recipe is so timely. Each of the vegetables found in the chili are at peak season for early fall and can be found in farmer’s markets for reasonable and inexpensive prices. Or better yet, they can be grown from the garden in your own backyard...

10 Tips to Save Time in the Kitchen

...I’m always looking for ways to save time in my day. Since most of my day is spent in the kitchen preparing meals and organizing schedules, I developed these 10 time-saving kitchen tips to help my day run a lot smoother...

Sewing Machine Scrapbook Embellishments

Creating the designs on my sewing machine was fun and allowed me to really get creative. If you’d like to try it and are in need of a sewing machine, check your local retail stores and online shopping centers for great deals and reasonable prices. Here’s how I created my embellished paper borders...

Free Alternatives for Everyday Items

I have found several free alternatives to pricey items over the years. I’ll admit, for some of these items I have chosen to actually pay more money due to upgrades, but many of them were just plain free -- with no strings attached either! Here are a few of hidden gems I use...

New Uses for Mesh Wash Bags

During one of my de-clutter sessions, I came across several mesh wash bags... Being the penny-pinching mom that I am, I came up with several new uses for these soft and washable bags...

The Patch Blanket

I began to collect embroidered patches when my son was around 5 years old. It began with a  few he’d acquire in scouting clubs or picked up while on vacation in gift shops. Others were from fire department uniform patches from his dad...

Pack School Lunches Faster and Easier

School lunches can be a joy to your child, your child’s teacher and to you. However, when you forget to pack one the night before or forget to pre-package all the goodies for the week, they sure can be a pain!...

Luxurious Locks for Less

...Here are a few ways to keep your locks luxurious. Whether you spend money on treating your hair or not, there are some general rules I live by to keep my hair healthier, without spending a fortune...

...Today, although many men still lather up using shaving brushes, they are not as common as they used to be. A friend gave me her collection of shaving brushes that she used to display with other vintage toiletry items in her guest bathroom. I’ve added one or two of my own from flea market finds...

Keeping Tabs on Cleaning Supplies

Have you ever found time in your busy schedule to clean your home and begun gathering up all of your needed supplies only to discover many of your items are nearly empty? Fear no longer! I have a few tips that you can use to help...

Zucchini-Carrot Whole Wheat Pancakes

I’m in love with homemade pancakes -- there’s just something about them! We have a weekly tradition in our home...every Sunday morning we make pancakes -- homemade pancakes from scratch...

Vintage Etiquette

...I find information within the pages of these vintage etiquette books so fascinating! I wanted to share some traditions and standards of the past I found most intriguing throughout each of them...

Finding Beauty Steals

I always fall in love with new beauty products and gadgets. However, many of these products can be quite pricey. Luckily, I've found several ways to get my beauty product fix without breaking the bank. Check out a few of my tricks and tips...

10 Back-to-School Tips

Between purchasing school items and getting the children back into the school routine, gearing up for back-to-school can be a very busy and stressful time... Here are 10 tips I’ve found to be helpful for my family...

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