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.

Easy Printable Perpetual Calendar

A perpetual calendar by definition is one that is good for many years. When my children were younger, they loved having one in our kitchen and competed to be the first one to change the date for the day...

Raspberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa

...Since most packaged breakfast cereals contain sugar (even the “plain” varieties), I have learned to make quick “from scratch” breakfast meals using eggs, oats or quinoa, which is a very good source of magnesium...

Holiday Planner Binder

...Nearly 15 years ago, I simplified all of my planning and preparing by creating my first holiday planner binder, which I continuously use year after year to keep track of everything. This binder is filled with past gifts purchased, favorite recipes, our holiday card list along with pictures that I have taken of my home decorated so that I can remember how I decorate from year to year...

Unusual Object Bookends

...Simple items can help break up the monotony of rows filled with book spines, similar to decorative bookends. Look for non-linear items such as: Vintage metal toys (trucks, wagons or sand pails)...

I believe that life feels organized when the kitchen is organized and there are a number of practical things you can do for an organized kitchen.  Here are few tips to get your kitchen in order and create a less hectic routine for you...

Keep Track of Your Daily Deals

...I find myself purchasing an assortment of deals and coupons from local restaurants and shopping services, only to forget when they expire, which daily deal site I made the purchase, or what deals I even purchased!...

Snack Bag Header Cards

If you’re looking for creative ways to surprise your children, a fun way to add some excitement to their lunch table at school is with snack bag header cards! Download the free PDF file and print to lightweight cardstock paper...

Start Your Week Off on the Right Foot

Instead of constantly feeling like I’m struggling, behind and always late to soccer practice or swim lessons, I’d much rather feel like I’m beating myself at my own game of managing my family’s schedules. Wouldn’t you? In order to stay a few steps ahead and keep our routines and schedules flowing without frustration...

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...

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