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.

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...

Where to Find Coupons

...The one element that is necessary to save is coupons. But, where do you find them? Coupons are found in numerous places now. Below is a brief listing of many resources I utilize for finding these little pieces of money waiting to be given to you!...

Organize Your Car

On-the-go kids mean on-the-go taxi driving moms who spend half their lives living in their cars, taking their adorable children from one activity to the next. ...This is how I keep my car organized...

March Madness Spicy Bean and Cheese Dip

This spicy bean and cheese dip will keep drawing you back to the bowl!  Plus, there is no need to feel bad about going back…and back and back to the bowl...

Individual Coffee Bags

Last Christmas, my husband gifted me a new coffee maker that brews individual cups of coffee, one at a time using little pre-made coffee pods. Now with a surplus of standard coffee filters, I thought I could make some coffee packs to save a little money while traveling...

 

Easy Recycling Tips For the Family

Our family has focused on our recycling efforts for the past few years. Like many people, our trash delivery includes a recycle bin. This makes it convenient to separate the recyclable items from the trash. Try these simple ways to recycle and re-use and save money in your home...

At Home Entertainment Savers

When we have free time to enjoy some family fun, we need to find ways to save as much as possible. With three kids, admission costs, games and food, the costs can add up quickly. Below are some fun ways to save money while having fun at home...

Your Medicine Cabinet Checklist

...Having a well-stocked and organized medicine cabinet is a must as the warm weather months arrive. Are you ready to play nurse for your kids? Here are some tips to ensure your medicine cabinet is well stocked...

Benefits of Batch Cooking

While I write day-in and day-out about spending less on your dinners, at the grocery store and on food in general, I also believe that the way you spend your time in the kitchen is just as essential as how you spend your money...

Creative Parenting Tips and Tricks

Parenting may not always be easy, but there are lots of creative ways to get through the sticky parts of parenting small children. I want to share a few creative tips and tricks that worked very well for me during the first several years of raising my three kids...

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