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.

Homemade tulle dish scrubbies are the best dishwashing tool I have ever found for hand washing dishes and pans. Although you can purchase similar scrubbies at the store, I’ve found that hand-making them (multiple scrubbies at a time) is an inexpensive way to keep fresh ones on hand at all times....

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th and it’s a fun time to get a little silly at home. Here are some fun ideas for going “green” with your kids...

Spring Cleaning Savings and Tips

Spring cleaning means clearing out, right? Well, before you throw everything to the curb or into your garage sale pile, don't discount some ways you could make a few extra bucks!

The 31 Day To-Do List Challenge

Do you have a never ending to-do list full of projects you would like to accomplish? Join me in this challenge and begin checking things off your list. Here’s how we can do it...

Spiced French Toast Bake To Make Ahead

...The last two years there was a canned pumpkin shortage and I didn’t want to run out of it in the middle of the year when there are no cans of pumpkin in the grocery store. Now I find myself with a large stockpile of canned pumpkin, just in case... Here is a fun new recipe I encourage you to try...

Making the outside of your house appealing has many benefits and a great way to do that is to add decorative street address numbers. Making these numbers clear and readable can also help to keep you safe in an emergency...

Tips to Reduce Heating Costs

Every year we always do a few things to try to help lower our heating bill... Here are a few tips that we have used to lower the cost...

Winter Indoor Fun for Kids

Our boys love being outside. But, even they get tired of the cold after a short time of being outside... Here are a few suggestions for winter indoor activities for your kids. Who knows, you may even enjoy one or two yourself!...

Thirteen Indoor Activities for Snow Days

The kids are out of school for a snow day and its cold out. The “I’m bored” syndrome is hitting your home... Here are 13 fun ideas to cure the “I’m bored” syndrome in no time.

The end of February means one thing around my house - it’s time to get out the garden planners and get to work deciding what seeds need to be ordered and where to plant them...

Personal Calling Cards

In many social situations, business cards are exchanged to share important information and to remember new contacts. Sometimes you just want to share personal contact information for social activities such as play dates. In that case, personal calling cards are a great solution...

Stop the Kitchen Stuffing

As I hear the crashing and banging coming from the kitchen when my children are searching for a pot or pan, I am reminded that the cupboards in my kitchen may have become cluttered during the recent months...

Birthday on a Dime

So many elements of a birthday party can be draining on a budget... Through the years, we have had several birthday parties, some more expensive than others. Here are a few things I have done as “Mom Party Planner Extraordinaire!”...

Books that Keep Me Organized

Over the years I am often asked what books have inspired and assisted me in my journey of being the CFO of my home (I now have five kids.)  Here is my list of top books that have kept me organized...

I love the versatility of the slow cooker. I recently discovered the art and science of overnight slow cooking. I love the idea of waking up to a hot breakfast, ready in the slow cooker...

Unique Wall Wainscoting

...Traditionally, wainscoting is a decorative panel covering the lower section of a wall, usually just below a chair rail, and often painted in a different color than that of the upper wall. But creative do-it-yourselfers can explore many more options for creating unique custom walls...

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