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.

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...

A Frugal Mother’s Day to Remember

...There are so many things our family has done through the years that have made my Mother's Day a day to remember and a day that doesn’t make me think about the credit card statement! Here are a few of those special moments created by my family...

Tips for Delegating

...how can I gain more arms and hands to help me and make the mom load easier? The answer is to delegate... Here are some tips to getting your family to help out around the house...

A Traditional Cinco de Mayo Recipe

...Cinco de Mayo celebrations are filled with an amazing variety of foods and traditional Mexican dishes. I know for me, I’m often intimidated by the thought of trying to make a traditional anything from any country. But these spicy molletes are as traditional as it gets...

Decorating with a Birdcage

...Like popular decorative glass domes, a birdcage acts as a three dimensional shadow box and provides a unique twist to otherwise simple décor items... Here are some fun ideas for using a birdcage in your home...

Remembering Home Economics Class

...Although most parents pass on homemaking skills and lessons at home, for some of us, school was the place we fondly remember learning many of them. Here are some of my fondest memories from home economics class...

...I will begin hearing those three words, “Mommy, I’m bored,” if I don’t have a summer fun plan. The memories I want to create with my kids won’t happen unless I begin preparing now. I begin planning my fun-filled summer with three simple steps...

One way you can become a proficient “couponer” is to understand the coupon redemption policies you must follow where you frequently shop... Here are some things to consider when redeeming store coupons...

Creative and Resourceful Lunch Idea

I’m often asked, “How do you keep coming up with ideas and recipes for inexpensive, but delicious meals?” My response is, “I’m extremely resourceful with the ingredients that I’ve purchased for the lowest price at the grocery store"...

Homemade Garland

Pennant bunting garland is festive, simple to create and virtually free! With spring and summer outdoor entertaining approaching, it’s a good time to begin making handmade garland to string outdoors around your patio for parties and gatherings...

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