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.

The heat is on and the kids need some cooling down so whether you are hanging at the house, playing at the beach or headed to the cabin, your kids will enjoy cooling off to these fun splish, splash games and activities...

Fun with Soda Bottle Caps

Back in the day of glass-bottled soda, bottle caps were very easy to come by and I loved to use them for craft projects. Here are a few of my favorite things to do with soda bottle caps...

Grilling Breads and Potatoes

Today we’re talking about grilling breads and potatoes. As soon as you add these to your grilling repertoire, you can make an entire meal on the grill...

Several Ways to Save at the Pump

Gas prices continue to rise! Here are some ways you can save a few dollars at the pump...

Fun Fabric Yo-Yos

...Fabric yo-yo’s are simple dimensional pieces created by folding and stitching the edge of a circle-shape piece of fabric and are a great craft to tote along for those on-the-go projects. Most fabric yo-yo creations are made from multiple fabric patterns and colors married into one collective piece....

Organizing My Magazine Addiction

...After my stack of magazines began to grow I had to come up with a plan to organize them all. So, I’m going to let you in on my secret to organizing my magazine addiction. Over the years I have used two different magazine organization methods...

Healthy Homemade Popsicles

...When it comes to popsicles, they are best homemade. Not only do you get to control the taste and deliciousness, you also control the amount of sugar or sweetener added.... So, keep those popsicle molds filled with healthy juices this summer and you’ll have happy kids and happy moms...

A Picnic with Friends

...A simple picnic with a homemade dish is a wonderful way to show someone just how much they mean to you. So pack a cooler and blanket or chairs and take a good friend to lunch....

Five Ways to Save Money Instantly

Portion sizes are getting smaller and gas prices are rising. What can you do to help offset the higher cost of things to impact your budget today? Try these ways to save a few bucks immediately!...

Vacation at Home This Summer

Since we just enjoyed a family vacation, we are skipping a summer vacation this year. That doesn't mean our family won't enjoy some fun at home... Below are just a few things you could do during a summer stay-cation...

Summer Supplies Organized

Summer is here, and for our family that means lots of park days, pool time, day trips and backyard playing. This also means lots of supplies to pack and keep organized. Over the years I have discovered helpful tips that keep our summer supplies organized and ready for fun..

When it comes to fruit on a salad, this is my favorite combination. Strawberries, almond slivers and spinach with a touch of a sweet creamy poppy seed dressing. Yum! And what makes this salad even better? Picking the spinach from your garden...

Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bag Ice Cream

Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bag ice cream reminds me of the snow ice cream my mother used to make for us from the snow around our winter cabin in Colorado. There are several variations of this delicious project on the Internet, and below is a simple recipe you can make with items you may have in your cupboard already...

De-Clutter to Make Money

Garage sales, flea markets, consignment stores and selling online are all successful ways to make a little money and de-clutter your home. Follow these steps for a more organized home and more money in your pocket...

Tips to Help Save on Vacation

A vacation can sometimes cost a small fortune. Even with proper planning to ensure you are getting the best deal on flights, hotels and car rentals, there are other things to consider like activities and meals. There are a few things you can do while traveling to help you save money...

Relaxing Summer Meals on the Grill

Outdoor cooking can be more than just barbequing hamburgers or chicken, there are lots of simple and tasty meals that you can prepare. Get ready for a relaxing summer of meals on the grill with my tips and organization help...

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