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.

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...

Spring Lawn and Garden Care Tips

...if I'm going to spend the time to plant and nurture something, I want to make sure I get the most out of it and lawn and perennials are a great investment! Here are some tips when tending to your lawn and garden...

Thirteen Uses for Ice Cube Trays

Don’t toss out your ice cube trays just because you now have an automatic ice maker in your freezer. There are a lot of great uses for this old-fashioned kitchen item...

Asparagus is a great special occasion side dish. I typically just roast it in some olive oil, salt and pepper with a little Parmesan cheese. And while that is simple and delicious, I thought it was time for something a little “sassier"...

Paint-by-number paintings have made a comeback as “kitchy” art, but there are so many ways to enjoy the colorful whimsy of these craft kits. Since they are usually made from a cardboard substance they can easily be crafted into unique projects...

Revive Your Kids Packed School Lunch

How many school lunches can you pack before you run out of ideas and your children get bored with the same thing every week? All it takes is simple suggestions from other parents on what they are packing to get you out of a boring lunch-packing routine...

Spring Break Day Trips For Less

Typically our family stays home during spring break to save money since it’s an expensive time to vacation. Since we don't want the boys to feel slighted, we tend to go on day trips during this time...

Six Cosmetic Storage Solutions

...With two teenage daughters and my own pile of cosmetics I knew it was time to find some simple organizing solutions to help us keep them contained and accessible...

As we see the recession wear on, there is no question that more and more people realize they can’t afford to drop $20 to $30 on a restaurant meal. People are cooking and eating at home and learning to cook from scratch. I should say “we”...

Repurposed Silverware

For years, artists have transformed silverware pieces into beautiful jewelry, wind chimes and more. Some of these projects require special tools to create, but there are unique projects using simple flatware that you can create right at home....

White and Clear Household Items

Although we have a colorfully decorated house, I tend to favor white or neutral colored cabinets, walls and flooring to act as a blank canvas to the colorful furniture, accessories and collections we have. There are a few other things in our home I prefer in white or clear only...

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