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.

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!...

Unique Wastebaskets

Most rooms in our home have a wastebasket in them...there are standard styles that can be purchased to coordinate with or blend into your décor, but I think it’s fun and often more practical to find other objects for tossing trash into. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for wastebaskets...

Pantry Challenge Week or Month

After weeks and months of stockpiling and taking advantage of the great deals on your favorite ingredients at the grocery store, it is inevitable that your pantry, fridge and freezer begin to burst at their seams. When this happens, it’s time for pantry challenge week...

If you are considering starting what I call “focused couponing,” I encourage you to check out the organizational methods that are available and see what works for you. Coupons can make a huge impact in your budget...

Top 10 Family Organization Tips

Being the mom of five kids, I often get asked, “How do you juggle it all? How do you keep your kids organized?” No, it’s not an easy task, but over the years I have come up with my top 10 ways to create a little less chaos in our day-to-day lives. Below are tips you can use to keep your family organized...

The Two Basic Approaches to Meal Planning

Life seems to be running circles around me, but there’s one thing that keeps me from falling off the brink to insanity. Meal planning - it saves my sanity - each and every week! When you get down to the nitty gritty of meal planning, there are two basic approaches... 

With the New Year comes new ways to use household items. Try using rolls of clear adhesive shelving liner found in most grocery and discount stores to serve many different functions. Here are just a few neat things that can be done with this indispensible product...

Simple Steps To Freezer Organization

Is your freezer packed full but you have no idea what’s hiding in there? Do your kids open the freezer door only to then say there is nothing in there to eat? If you are ready to save money and time, then let’s start organizing your freezer with my five easy steps...

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