SC Johnson Family Economics Blog

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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.

More Than Food Storage - Uses for Ziploc

I am a Ziploc® Brand organizing mom. When I need to sort, organize or store things I have found that these bags are a perfect organizing solution for many of my disorganized dilemmas. Here are 12 organizing uses...

...Whether it’s your first time making a homemade pumpkin pie or your eighth, I’ve got a few ideas and tricks that might make your pumpkin pie look, smell and taste like those you see in the magazines...

On-the-Go Host and Hostess Gifts

Sometimes you will head out to a dinner or party, after gift shops have closed and don’t want to show up without a gift for your host. There’s still hope! Just swing into the grocery store on your way...

Holiday Gift Kits

...Get a head start with pre-holiday gifts to share with others. Handmade gift kits are presents made for the recipient to craft and either share during the holidays or keep and enjoy themselves...

Thanksgiving Favorites for Less

Everyone has a favorite Thanksgiving dish. You go to your family Thanksgiving (or host it yourself) and have that one delicious recipe you just have to have. For me, it’s always sweet potatoes...

Hearing the words “company is coming” can quickly put stress on moms during the holiday season when we already have a never ending to-do list... How can we prepare ahead for our guests and our stress level? I have created the six simple steps to get your home guest-ready.

Favorite Holiday Food and Dinner Memory

As we move into the holiday season, the nostalgia of the season grows stronger. You can almost smell the food before it starts cooking, and the memories that will form are as warm as the pumpkin pie coming out of the oven...

Child ID Cards

When my children were young, they enjoyed having their own wallets to carry spare change and photographs. I crafted I.D. cards to keep in their billfolds, making them feel extra grown-up, and giving me peace of mind knowing they would always have the cards with them....

Ways to Use an Entire Pumpkin

...Pumpkin is a resourceful fruit (and vegetable). Don’t let this precious gourd go to waste, especially when you can get these on sale for less than $3, that’s the time to stock up and get to work...

Homemade Noise Makers

...Making a noise maker is simple—even for this craft-challenged mom. You can make it fun by getting the children involved. Or, get the other parents involved as you watch the children practice...

Call To Order: Family Meeting Time

...Family meetings keep communication open; allow time for each family member to share their opinions, concerns and ideas and to build a team. These help families stay connected and organized...

One effortless way to manage apple overstock is to prepare slow cooker applesauce, which is easy to make. It takes a few minutes to peel and core the apples, before they go in the slow cooker for an hour or two...

Clothing Fabric Remnants

If you like to sew, love to craft, or even just dabble a bit in different projects, I’m sure you could really use some more fabric. One of the best places to find small project size pieces of fabric is in your own closet....

...Here are my 21 “out of the shoe box” uses for these organizers that will bring organization to your home and family. Not only will you love them but your children will love the simplicity of keeping their own items organized and stored away with ease...

Game Time Savings

...We have a budget for sporting events, but that doesn’t always satisfy the children’s bellies or the fact that they simply cannot get that foam finger that will fall apart in two seconds. Here are a few suggestions to help you save more at sporting events...

The DIY Organizing Kit

Have you ever found yourself ready to tackle and re-organize a room or closet in your home only to realize you are in need of supplies? My solution for this is the DIY organizing kit that is standing by ready to go when your organizing mood strikes...

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