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.

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...

Make the Most of Your Benefits

I spent several years working in human resources and much of that work involved helping employees with benefits...Here are a few tips to help you manage your benefits plan and get them to truly be a financial benefit...

Bring In Spring with Refreshing Décor

Spring makes me want to clean, plant and redecorate! It's a new season and there’s something about the season that makes me want to bring new life to old items! Good news – you don’t have to spend a lot in the process...

DIY Portable Homework Station

After the school bell rings and your car turns into the “kid taxi,” going from one activity to the next, it often means dinner and homework on the go. To simplify the homework on the go...create a do-it-yourself (DIY) on-the-go homework station to ride along with you...

Pantry Stockpiling 101

Building a pantry stockpile can feel like a daunting task, but with the right shopping strategies, coupon match-ups, and perfect sale prices, it’s possible...

Have you been to a thrift store lately? There are so many charming items that can be turned into practical pieces around your home! Here are a few ideas for using thrift stores items from my house...

Making Easy Meals for Those in Need

Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a quick meal idea for a loved one who is sick, recently had a baby or maybe had surgery. The easiest and simplest way to handle these situations is to have something ready in your freezer...

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