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.

Fun Memorial Day Activities

I absolutely love warm weather!... The season brings picnics and grilling, which means hanging out with our friends outdoors!... Below are some of our Memorial Day traditions and tips to save as you gear up for these celebrations...

Inexpensive Outdoor Family Fun

With the nice weather, there are lots of outdoor activities we can finally enjoy again that won’t break the bank... Below are some of our other favorite outdoor activities...

When it’s time to plan your child’s next birthday, wouldn’t you like to enjoy a well organized party? Use these 12 steps to assist you when it comes to birthday party success...

A Memorial Day Celebration Dessert

I adore mangoes and raspberries. Put them together with a crumbly top and I may as well send myself to summer dessert heaven!... This one is sure to wow those at your Memorial Day gathering or any other gathering this summer!...

First Aid and Emergency Contacts

There are a few ways I keep my family prepared for minor accidents or injuries around the house and on-the-go. As a family of five, it is inevitable that someone’s going to need a little extra help once in a while. Here’s how I prepare for any kind of emergency, big or small...

One Dozen Kitchen Tips

With so much of our time spent in the kitchen preparing meals, it is always helpful to find tips that simplify meal preparation and save time. Here are a dozen kitchen tips that you will find useful as you clean and prepare meals...

Couponing 101 How to Save Like a Pro

...To save the big bucks, it takes a lot of planning, understanding of policies, and coupon redemption. Follow these steps to save like a pro...

Organizing School Papers and Supplies

We are just days away from the final school bell ringing and my kids arriving home with bags of school papers, art projects and even a pile of well used school supplies... How can you organize this year’s end of school year piles? Try these tips...

Meal Planning for the Summer Months

...Here are three ideas that can help you make the most of all the fresh produce and garden harvest, and help you have a go-with-the-flow kind of meal plan for the summer...

How To Make Dish Tulle Scrubbies

Recently, I shared my favorite DIY household helper -- the tulle dish scrubbie. There was so much interest, I wanted to share step-by-step instructions and photographs of how to make these...

... Come spring and summer, I’m enjoying a delicious salad for lunch most days of the week. And I especially love picking lettuce and spinach leaves from my garden... This is one of my most favorite summertime spinach salads!...

Tips for a Profitable Garage Sale

...I have found when you plan all year for the season of selling, it makes the days of organizing a garage sale easier. Here are a few simple tips to help you plan for a successful and profitable garage sale...

Kids Can Help with Family Cleaning

...I needed to start delegating more of the chores around the house, so I created a list of chores that our kids can do working alongside us as we begin the training process. Here is an example of the chores I delegated...

It’s almost outdoor cooking season and I’m itching to heat up the grill!... But before you get out there, be sure you have the right tools to accomplish all your grilling dreams! Here are the tools I use most when I’m cooking outside...

My Used Bookstore Adventures

If I ever travel through a new town, I am usually on the lookout for used bookstores. As a designer and crafter, I can spend hours hunting for books for purposes other than reading. Here are some of the things I look for when shopping...

Free Travel Souvenirs

You don’t always have to spend money on souvenirs when traveling. Sometimes the most special souvenirs are the ones that don’t cost a dime!... You and your family can make your own special memories when you travel. Prepare your collections by doing the following...

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