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.

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...

The Perfect Summer Refreshment

While plain water is great, I think this perkier citrus version is better! It’s water with fresh fruit juice. It tastes great, plus the pulp and juices from the fruit add a touch of Vitamin C...

Quick and Easy Drink Koozies

While visiting my mom recently, she served me delicious iced tea in a glass mason jar tucked into the sweetest crocheted drink koozie. It kept my hands dry, the table top moisture-free and the drink cool...

Grilling Fruits and Veggies

When I think of grilling vegetables, I usually think of peppers, mushrooms and onions on a kebab. But there really is so much more you can do with vegetables and even fruit on the grill, both with and without a grill basket...

Ideas to Save on Father’s Day

I’m sure most dads would say that spending time with their family is all they could ever want for Father’s Day. But, we all still want to come up with something to show the dads in our lives how much they mean to us! Here are five quick ideas to save on Father’s Day and help dad make it a special day to remember...

DIY Kids Writing Kit

This summer, why not inspire your children to write letters to family and friends by creating an organized writing kit to motivate them to write and be creative at the same time...

This is one of those breakfast recipes that sounds very fancy. The truth is, it’s easy to make but makes you look good!... I now give you my favorite way to make baked eggs…with a little Mexican flavor and flare!...

Recently, I asked my mom for her chili recipe, which she wrote out on a cute, blank recipe card. However, there was hardly enough room on that 3-inch by 5-inch card to write all the ingredients and instructions. So, I designed some free printable folding recipe cards...

Crafting with Gummed Sealing Tape

I have a big roll of non-reinforced gummed sealing tape that lends itself to so many uses in my craft studio... Here are some items you can make...

Ways to Reduce Summer Energy Costs

With gas prices rising, trying to save on summer energy costs can be a challenge. With the tips below, you could save enough to fill up a tank of gas—and that’s a lot these days!...

Family Command Center

Do you need a family command center in your home? As the go-to place for your family to leave and retrieve information for everything going on, a family command center could prove a vital addition to your household...

Grilling 101

We all love grilling! Here are a few simple truths about grilling that will help you this summer...

Old Fashioned Summer Hopscotch

Warm summer sidewalks just beg for colorful chalk drawings of hopscotch squares...There are many variations to the game of hopscotch and inevitably, children tend to make up their own fun rules. Here are the basic instructions of the game...

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