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.

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...

Staying Hydrated This Winter With Water

As winter drags on for much of the country, now is a good time for a reminder about the importance of staying hydrated during these last weeks and months of winter... I’d like to offer a few suggestions that will help bring a little more moisture into your home as the heater dries out the air...

Inexpensive Date Night Ideas

A great date is truly all about doing what you love with your loved one. Trying to save while doing that makes it even more enjoyable! However, even if you spend less on a night out, the cost of childcare can still be expensive...

Organizing in 10 Minutes

As busy moms it seems we seldom have long periods of time to organize, clean and sort out areas in our lives that seem to go unorganized for long periods of time. However, I know as a mom I often have 10 minutes here and there where I could squeeze in a 10 minute organizing project if I had a list of ideas...

A Night In With Your Valentine

At the end of January, my husband and I always end up having the same conversation about Valentine’s Day. It starts something like this…“Hey honey, What do you want to do for Valentine’s Day this year?”

Personalized Party Favors

...Fun alternatives to the standard issue party favors are personalized items, such as custom gifts with each guest’s name. Children love seeing their name on things! And, if the party-goers are old enough, let them personalize the favors themselves as an activity...

Get-Well Comfort Kits

...Often your friends, family and neighbors find themselves “out-sick,” creating a good opportunity to show them just how much you care by sharing a “Get-Well Comfort Kit”...

Spend Less on Your Special Valentines

Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate love - not spend a fortune... There are many inexpensive ways to make memories and show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Here are some of my favorites...

Six Tips for Organizing Clothing

Whether you have one child or 10, we can all relate to the accumulation of out grown, unwanted, mismatched piles of clothes in our homes... I have six must do’s for organizing clothing to help each of us tackle the piles before they accumulate into disorganization.

...This is the perfect combination of flavors, colors and textures. And it’s the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and tangy. (And it reminds me of Mardi Gras—colorful, fun, bursting with flavor!)...

Custom Valentine Snack Packaging

Custom candy wrappers are a fun and easy way to share Valentine’s Day cheer at work, school or among friends... Follow these easy steps to make your Valentine’s Day candy extra special...

Stockpiling Tips Everyone Can Use

Stockpiling is purchasing a large quantity of items at rock-bottom prices. This helps to ensure you have those items on hand since they are frequently used, or are easily donated. Stockpiling not only helps save money, but it also helps save time and gas which equals money too...

Proper Planning Equals Simple Saving

A little planning and preparation with your shopping plan helps your budget go a long way! Here are a few steps to plan your shopping trip to save time, sanity and hard-earned cash!

The Chore Wars

Are you ready to end the chore wars in your home, ready to get your kids on your team and begin helping you around the house? The steps we took in our home were simple, flexible and can be implemented in any home. Create, Communicate and Conquer....

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

There’s usually not a whole lot of time to prepare snacks for the big game—especially healthy snacks. I’ll leave you with three uber-quick and uber-simple recipes that will keep all the fans happy, and keep you out of the kitchen and in with all the action!...

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